Leon Watson

Journalist

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leonjameswatson@gmail.com

(0044) - 7786 078 770

Profile

Fully-qualified journalist, with more than nine years of experience, available for commission.


Shortlisted for the Press Gazette 2008 Regional Press Awards Reporter of the Year.

Specialisms

News

Good experience in the UK regional and national Press covering crime, health, business, local and national politics, education, human interest stories and the occasional funny.

Sport

Write and maintain a South London-based amateur cricket team's website, including match reports. Have covered football, cricket and ice hockey for a number of publications.

Travel

Have travelled to France, Spain, Norway, Canada, Egypt and Italy to write features for a number of publications in the regional and national Press, including The Sun.

Skills

  • 100wpm Shorthand
  • Media Law
  • Web Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • PhotoShop
  • Quark Xpress
  • Wordpress
  • Windows XP/Vista
  • Linux

Experience

MailOnline

Online Journalist

July 2011 to Present

Full-time work on the Daily Mail's website.

The Sunday Times

Freelance Sub Editor

January 2011 to Present

Weekend subbing shifts on the paper's paid-for website covering UK national and international news, business and sport.

KentOnline

News Editor

March 2010 to July 2011

Working for the KM Group in Kent, I am part of a team of multimedia reporters and news readers who set the county's news agenda through video, online and radio bulletins.

The Sun

News Reporter

March 2008 to October 2009

Working on a freelance full-time, I was employed to research, write, edit and publish stories on the paper's website. I had more than 700 stories published both online and in the paper.

South London Press

Crime Reporter

December 2006 to November 2008

At the SLP I was employed as a specialist reporter to research, write and edit crime stories and features. I also ran campaigns, represented the paper at public events and on television and the radio.

Croydon Advertiser

Senior Reporter

March 2006 to December 2006

Research, write and edit stories and features for the paper covering the London boroughs of Croydon and Sutton. Represent the paper at public events, on television and the radio. Assist work experience students.

South Wales Evening Post

News Reporter

July 2003 to March 2006

Research, write and edit stories and features for the paper covering Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Llanelli. Represent the paper at public events, on television and the radio. Assist work experience students.

Dragon News & Pictures

Trainee Reporter

July 2002 to July 2003

Come up with ideas for stories and features, research, write and pitch them to national newspapers, magazines and broadcasters for an independent agency covering Wales and beyond.

Previous Employment/Freelance Shifts

Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Observer, Metro, Hello! and Hindustan Times.

Education

Cardiff University - Wales, United Kingdom

BScEcon (Hons) Modern History and Politics — 2:1

Leon Watson — leonjameswatson@gmail.com — (044) - 7786 078 770