Tom is an editor and writer with nearly 10 years industry experience. Since graduating with an in MA Journalism in 2016 he has been discovering news stories, reviewing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and providing live coverage of conferences and events. He has fulfilled various commissions both in journalistic and educational roles including training young reporters and conversing as part of debate panel talks. Taking a thoughtful, considered approach to all his work, he engages zealously with political subject matter – something that has continued since his Bsc in this field. Tom also shows a particular talent when covering games and technology journalism.
I started dabbling in world of media in 2011 when I created my own podcast, with the aim of interviewing celebrities and inspirational people. This has since expanded into managing three podcasts, one of which is a commissioned project.
In August 2012 I was been employed by Arts Award Voice. In the following years my role grew and developed, and in 2017 I was instrumental in its transition over to the new Voice branding. I was also promoted to editor of the site.
My job now consists of communicating with our team of contributors, commissioning and editing work, and ensuring that we are always providing the best possible platform for young people to get exciting and varied cultural content.
My biggest accomplishment to date is the project management of Voice’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe coverage. Since 2013 I have been commissioned to take a team of six young people up to the Scottish capital for a week of reviewing shows at the biggest arts festival in the world. We smashed all set targets, and our readership for August was up threefold on the previous month.
I read Politics at Brunel University, graduating in 2015 with a First. My dissertation focused on the political participation of 18-24 year olds, and whether or not technology can be leveraged to increase it.
In 2016 I completed a Journalism MA with the NCTJ qualification attached to it.
Having been fortunate enough to study both politics and journalism, I think it is important to use that knowledge to make politics more accessible to ‘the everyday person’. However, my real passion is technology, and specifically how media, politics and technology all intersect. I would love to one day transition into a technology journalist.
Having briefly been a professional performer, and Managing Director of a local events promotions business, I have a deep respect of the people who strive to achieve in the world, especially in music.
My first attempt of a business was a local record label which never really took off. However, I applied the knowledge to start a promotion and event management business, called Tinman Promotions. It ran a few successful gigs, one of which raised over £150 for a local hospice.
I eventually decided that I much preferred the idea of being involved in the world of media, changing the business name to Tinman Enterprise so as to reflect the wider scope of my interests.
Although not currently operating due to time commitments, I created Tinman Enterprise with the intention of one day creating a network of different services, all united under the Tinman banner. This may include having another go at a record label, if the need is still there by the time I’m in a position to set one up.
If you would like a more holistic look at my skills, you can also download my CV.