Christopher Gaynor

From Surrey, UK Driver: Full, Clean
Mobile Contact No: 0788 433 5865 Email:

Personal Statement/Objective
A diverse pro-active freelance journalist/blogger, who manages own website – updated daily, and has over three year’s journalism/blogging experience. Seeks a challenging and engaging role in either online or print journalism.

Key Journalism Skills/Achievements

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Shorthand (Pitman Training Teeline – 60wrd/min) (NCTJ) PA 1 and 2 – Media Laws 1, 2, News Writing Pitman Training diplomas in (Office, HTML, Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress (in offline portfolio), and photo software (Adobe Photoshop – see website) Social media experience (Twitter, Facebook – has broken stories using these applications), and HTML/some web tech knowledge, eg web design and SEO. Winner of “Journalist Entrepreneur of the Decade” award from noSWeat Journalism Training at their gala dinner in October 2009.

Webmaster managing political website, launched in 2008. Breaking News, Features, and Comment and Opinion • Site Promotion • Engaging with readers using coveritlive • The site currently attracts more than 1500 visitors per month. • Wrote an e-book on UK central government and uploaded to the site. • Editing occasional stories submitted by contributors.

Brasov Visitor Magazine/Website, Romania, Transylvania, March 1st – April 1st 2008
• • Writing News, Features Attended a Romanian press conference Wrote an exclusive travel blog for the UK’s premier citizen journalism website edited by well-established journalist and former ITV broadcaster Marc Wadsworth.

Other Work Experience
Three months at Lyons Davidson Solicitors, New Malden, (July- October 2005) as a Graduate Trainee Law Costs Draftsman • • • Costing and evaluating amount of work done by solicitors Writing summary reports on the cases worked by solicitors Brief introduction on how to negotiate with other side solicitors on the costs incurred by claimant

Key Education since 2000
PGD in Magazine Journalism and NCTJ at noSWeat College of Journalism, London. (end of 2006-2007)

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Two week’s work experience at both: Sheengate magazine, Hampton, Middlesex, November 2005 and Aldershot News and Mail Breaking News for the noSWeat’s college magazine LONDON UPDATE. Court visits: Southwark Crown Court, Highbury Magistrates Court and OLD BAILEY and Houses of Parliament.

Graduate diploma in laws (CPE) Holborn College 2003/05 – Passed University of Portsmouth 2000 - 2003 – BA in English and Creative Studies • Acting and directing stage productions (including directing a group of disability students) in and outside of the university campus, e.g. New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

REFERENCES - Available on request

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