About

About Me

I’m Michael. I am a journalist and linguistics graduate from Lancaster University.

I am interested in news, local news and feature writing – but also frequently write on topics where I have specialist knowledge – such as tourism and education.

I am currently the Associate Editor for SCAN, Lancaster’s student newspaper. I am also a regularly featured freelance writer for Blooloop, one of the largest industry news sites for the tourism industry.

I was selected by Lancaster University to travel to Chennai, India (expenses-paid) to work with the media team of the WBCSD. I wrote about my experiences here.

I have been interviewed on national and regional BBC Radio Stations on various topics after writing freelance articles.

I have learnt extensively about journalism. I was selected by the British Council to attend a conference for Young Journalists in Glasgow (expenses-paid). I have also attended Amnesty International’s Media Summit and the Student Publication Association Conference. In addition I have attended training run by FEU and my Students’ Union.

“I’m very impressed with your story: lots of sources, balanced reporting, no needless sensationalising, no stigmatising language. Clearly you were being modest when you said you didn’t know much about mental health reporting.”

@Sectioned_, mental health blogger

“I think Michael could have a promising career in journalism.”

Nev Wilson, former Senior Editor at Essex Chronicle Media Group

“Michael is a really engaging, very smart writer and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again. In working with us he has been diligent, dedicated and efficient and has been a total pleasure to work with. He has also shown great initiative and drive.”

Charles Read, Director at Blooloop.com

 

Interesting things about me 

I did a bungee jump in London, outside the O2 Arena – and a parachute jump in Berlin, Germany.

I was an extra in a zombie film.

I have been on the tallest swing in Europe – 328 feet above the ground.

I rode a bike across a tightrope in Portugal.

I have shook hands with Jeremy Corbyn, Neil Kinnock and Natalie Bennett. I intend to add more right-wingers to that list.

I drove an auto-rickshaw in India.

I have climbed the O2 and The Orbit in Stratford.

I went to a Silent Disco in the Natural History Museum, London.

I fed alligators in Florida.