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My Journalism Part 3 – Spring/Summer 2012

It’s still been less than a year since I qualified as a journalist, though it seems like a lot longer, but already I’m itching to get my hands on some new projects. Since October I’ve been working full time as a Destination Marketer (think content writer meets SEO) but that hasn’t deterred me from taking on journalistic work and continuing to write in my spare time. At the end of 2011 I finished my guest blog for Bitch Media, meaning that I will be able to return to my slightly neglected personal blogs, whilst I’m greeting 2012 with some continuing commitments and some new challenges too.

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Grazia’s Fashion Blogger of the Year Competition

In February I entered Grazia Magazine’s search for a fashion blogger, which involved three semi-finalists reporting from the front row of the Holly Fulton show for Autumn/Winter 2012. I’m pleased (and stunned) to say that I was one of the lucky three, and you will shortly be able to vote for the winner via the Grazia Daily website. In the mean time, here’s a bit more about the blogging semi-finalists, and a link to the Holly Fulton show report via my fashion blog.

It was such a privilege to attend the show and we got to interview Holly afterwards, who was really warm and friendly. Grazia’s lovely Editor-at-Large, Angela Buttolph, also gave us a guided tour of the magazine offices, which was amazing and surreal. For someone who has spent years dreaming of working at such a publication, this was – as cheesy as it sounds – a dream come true.

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This Affected Youth

I’m still writing for this fantastic current affairs website. I started the year with a round-up of 2011 in fashion which featured the dubious actions of Kanye West and the slightly bonkers sequinned swimming caps at Prada.

I then followed this up with a detailed report of the Milan and Paris menswear shows for Autumn/Winter 2012 (shown in January), which included quirky brick print, deep colours and an incredible amount of biscuit.

The website will be having its revamp in early March, when I will be officially promoted to Arts and Entertainment co-editor alongside Nicola Marchant. I’m really enjoying working with the team and there’s a great mix of people from different backgrounds and work environments coming together to produce the content.

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Artface

I have also continued to work with the British art site, Artface, though obviously I can’t attend previews in the working week due to my job. This season I managed to catch the fascinating show, David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, at the Royal Academy in London. It was a blend of his Yorkshire, Yosemite and Grand Canyon studies, with the vast landscapes sharing some similarities.

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