Curriculum Vitae Michelle Dee
Experienced Online Journalist with considerable expertise and networks within the Arts and Culture sectors. Online portfolio from 2003 to present day. Recent roles and achievements include commissioned writer for Hull 2017 plus copywriting team, PR/Press at Danza! (Arts Council England), Heads Up Fest and Humber Mouth Literature Festival blogger. Short story published in Toad Tales for Toads Revisited. Graduated with a First in DMJ/IM BA(Hons) and awarded Dean’s Prize for Excellence in 2012.
2015 to date: Relaunched as culturemarathon.co.uk. Registered as self-employed, undertook freelance work for various clients, including arts organisations, individual artists and voluntary sector. Clients included Hull 2017 and serving as blogger for Humber Mouth Literature Festival. With a renewed interest in pursuing my own performance activity I am taking every opportunity to develop my spoken art – including tailoring writing thematically as event requires.
2013 to 2015: Freelance Journalism and PR including Creative People and Places, Hull Art, Hull College Hull Truck Theatre. Contributions via ThisisUll, The Culture Vulture, Dig Yorkshire and local print. Content creation for Humber Street Sesh publicity materials. Continuing regular blogs on cultural events in Hull. Guest Speaker for Creative 1. Actively supported and contributed to Hull’s bid for UK City of Culture Award
Sept 2009 to Aug 2012: Extra Curricular activity in support of BA (Hons) Interactive Media incl Managing Editor for Hyperfruit.net responsible for generating content sourcing news leads and mentoring new trainee journalists. Press officer for Glimmer International Short Film Festival for Hull client Hull Film. BBC Radio 4 Listening Project contributor, Official Video Journalist for HumberMUD business network, Conference delegate at Hull Digital Live, Documentary maker for Platform Expo Gaming Conference, Project Manager for A/V product for client STAND (Hull Trawlermen Society). Project Manager for Print product supplement client Hull Daily Mail.
Achievements: Developed and maintained Hull’s first hyperlocal news portal. Contributed to a 100% increase in attendance to Film Festival. Attended and spoke at networking events in support of digital community. Students supplement published by Northcliffe and distributed citywide through Hull Daily Mail. Supported learners as student and course Representative securing responses and positive outcomes to issues arising during University. Supported organisers at first course-led Journalism Day Speakers event.
Sept 2007 – 2008: Diversity Awareness Trainer for CJB (Criminal Justice Board) Delivered Diversity Training for Criminal Justice Board. Creating visual materials for multi-agency delivery. Supported and developed program alongside LGBT Police liaison officer.
Achievements: Established a sensitivity to, and awareness of, the importance of the appropriate use of language/terminology with agencies interacting with LGBT community. Reported back and contributed to CJB Annual report.
From 2004 to 2007 : Advertising sales & liaison Thisisull Ltd. Dealt directly with new and existing clients, managed clients requirements and reported back to site manager. Represented thisisull Ltd city-wide, business to business raised profile of community issues and local publishing platforms.
Achievements: Developed new clients and strengthened existing relations with advertisers, encouraged new contributors increased exposure of Thisisull brand.
Written and created over 500 web pages, contributed significantly to cultural conversation in Hull.
ThisisUll Live 2007/2008 – Organiser/promoter for monthly live music concerts.
Fundraiser for RNIB 2004 – Humber Bridge Abseil
Introduction to Broadcasting 2004 – BBC Hull
Resident in Zimbabwe and Sudan 1982 – 87
Education: BA (Hons) Interactive Media
First Class Degree with Honours from Hull School of Art and Design (with placements at Hull Film, BBC Screen)
Leisure Interests: Reading, music, (listening and live concerts) theatre, literature. I’m an avid listener to Radio 4, and the World Service where I particularly enjoy Arts and Culture programming. I enjoy attending and performing at spoken art events and attending gallery openings, particularly supporting new spaces. I am taking every opportunity to develop my spoken art – including tailoring writing thematically as event requires.
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