Experience

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February 2018 to present: Online News Editor at Forge Press. Ewan edits print pieces for the online format and publishes them, and also sources unique online content. He manages a team of news contributors, is responsible for important editorial decisions regarding online and breaking news, and works with a large team of other editors. His task when embarking on the role in February 2018 was to ensure Forge Press utilises its website and digital news as a platform, a great opportunity to expand Forge’s audience and get more contributors involved.

January 2018 to present: Journalist at RightsInfo, an interactive and leading news website making human rights more accessible, creative and engaging.

December 2017 to present: Journalist at The Tab, working in a small team of students at The University of Sheffield to produce popular, engaging and lively news and features to an audience of around 100,000 people a month. This is the cutting edge of student, social-media driven journalism for a digital age.

October 2017 to present: Volunteer at The People’s Politics, a student-lead initiative which sees small groups of politics students at The University of Sheffield go into local primary and secondary schools in the Sheffield are and run classroom sessions to engage, inspire and educate young people on politics.

September 2017 to present: Columnist at Forge Press, The University of Sheffield’s popular student newspaper.

August 2016 to present: Blog contributor for the Huffington Post, writing mainly about society and politics.

Easter 2017: Work experience with CNN International in London, working alongside different elements of the operation including Newsdesk, Digital, Editing, Planning and the production team for Hala Gorani’s flagship show ‘The World Right Now’.

April 2016 to April 2017: Communications Officer for Petroc Student Union (PSU), a role in which Ewan was a leading part of a student executive committee representing thousands of students at a large sixth form college. Ewan was democratically elected by hundreds of students into this role and used this mandate to initiate powerful and far-reaching change within the college through campaigning proactively for better social and study facilities, including organising many individual meetings with members of the senior management team of the college. Ewan also worked with other members of the executive committee in developing new strategies to communicate with the students they represented, leading the way in publicising major events such as voter registration workshops for students. A key legacy of Ewan’s efforts was a PSU website established and developed by him to the point where it was reaching over a thousand students.

Summer 2016: Broadcast journalist role with popular and growing local radio station The Voice. I produced a feature audio report about a local festival which was played on the hourly news bulletins across several days.

Summer 2016: Work experience with CNN International PR team in London, exploring how they publicise CNN content and arrange for CNN journalists to appear in interviews, conferences etc.

Summer 2016: Work experience at Turner Broadcasting System, working across the operation from Technology & Operations, compliance, channel scheduling and presentation and dubbing guidelines with brands such as Cartoon Network (CN), Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and TrueTV.

Summer 2016: Work experience at BBC Radio 4 World At One programme, shadowing presenter Shaun Ley and his production team as they create a 45 minute flagship current affairs programme from scratch, working alongside Shaun in writing scripts, and in the gallery with the Studio Director during the show. Shaun also gave Ewan a tour of the BBC’s news operation, when he met News Channel presenters Jane Hill and Nicholas Owen.

Feb, July 2016: Work experience at ITV Westcountry News, shadowing correspondents as they report in the field and then edit the rushes together into packages for broadcast.

October 2015 to October 2016: blogger at student website The Indiependent.

Feb 2014, July 2015, July 2016: Intern at the North Devon Gazette, an award-winning local newspaper, an ongoing experience that sees Ewan investigating and writing reports for print and online, and learning of the editorial process.

March 2014: Intern at North Devon Moving Image, which involved Ewan planning, co-producing and co-directing a short film about a local radio station.

Ewan has also blogged for student magazine The Indiependent, a website providing a platform for aspiring journalists to write about subjects such as music, films, politics, current affairs. He has also produced a radio report for, and maintains connections with, local radio station The Voice.

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