Olivia Atkins

Olivia Atkins

News Reporter at MBI Ltd at shots
London, United Kingdom

About me

Olivia Atkins is a self-motivated, independent and well-travelled individual, interested in global affairs and human rights.

Based in London, she studied Spanish at the University of Leeds, which also involved spending a year studying in Guadalajara, Mexico.

She has most recently completed a post-graduate course in journalism, which she hopes will enable her to continue travelling and documenting people's stories, particularly those affected by injustices across the world.


News Reporter
June 2015 - Present (3 years 6 months)
Editorial Web Assistant
Northern & Shell Media Group - Daily Express/Daily Star
January 2015 - June 2015 (5 months)
Freelance Features Journalist
Brixton Blog
April 2014 - April 2015 (1 year)
- Write on a freelance basis published either online at Brixton Blog or in Brixton Bugle newspaper
- Pitch and source feature-stories in local community, often arts or sociopolitical-related
- Conduct interviews with subjects
- Consistently write copy to deadline and meet in-house style.
PEI - Alternative Insight - Secondaries Investor
September 2014 - February 2015 (5 months)
- Wrote between two and four news-stories daily for Secondaries Investor website
- Worked intermittently on features for Secondaries Investor
- Wrote for Private Equity International and Private Equity Real Estate website
- Responsible for sourcing, pitching and researching stories to deadline, including sourcing images
- Met regularly with private equity lawyers, investment bankers and placement agents
- Experience liaising with global general partners and investors
- Familiar with fund listings on US SEC and UK public record The Gazette websites
- Daily experience using Wordpress and Twitter
- Attended private equity-focused conferences
- Completed Poynters Financial Literacy Basics course and Poynter's Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics course.
Researcher & Editorial Intern
Dennis Publishing - The Week
August 2014 - September 2014 (1 month)
Resarcher & Editorial Intern
Absolute Publishing Ltd
July 2014 - August 2014 (1 month)
Southwark Newspaper Limited
March 2014 - June 2014 (3 months)
Post-graduate diploma in Magazine Journalism
January 2014 - June 2014 (5 months)
- Class Representative, responsible for liaising between students and teachers
- Subjects included: Shorthand, Media Law, News-Reporting, Magazine Production, Public Affairs and Business of Magazines.
Tindle Newspapers Ltd - South London Press, Mercury Series and Post Series
April 2014 - April 2014 ()
Event Coordinator
October 2013 - October 2013 ()
Festival Assistant
One Billion Rising
February 2013 - March 2013 (1 month)
Radio Presenter & Producer
Leeds Students’ Radio
January 2011 - May 2012 (1 year 4 months)
- Presented weekly on-air shows, sourced and interviewed local music acts and coordinated competitions.
- Developed interpersonal and marketing skills.
Journalistic Assistant
Hola! Magazine HQ Madrid
June 2011 - July 2011 (1 month)
Shop Assistant
The Amber Centre
September 2009 - December 2010 (1 year 3 months)
Editorial Intern
The Sunday Times Newspaper
May 2005 - May 2005 ()


Post-graduate diploma in Magazine Journalism Field Of Study

NCTJ Activities and Societies: Course Rep Subjects included: Shorthand, Media Law, News-Reporting, Magazine Production, Public Affairs and Business of Magazines.

A Levels Field Of Study English (A), Spanish (B), Maths (C)

AS Level: Latin (C)

Field Of Study Polish Language Course Activities and Societies: •

Subjects included: Polish Language & Literature

BA Field Of Study Spanish Grade 2:1

Activities and Societies: • Presenter/Producer for Leeds Student Radio • Hitch-hiked from London to Morocco for Link Community Development charity that included fund-raising. • Active member of Student Horse-Riding Society • Organized and led student book club • Journalist for Student-led ‘The Tab’ http://leeds.tab.co.uk/ • Infrequently contribute to friends blog http://behindthecurtainfeminism.wordpress.com/ • Subjects included: Human rights in Latin America, Chicano Identity & Culture, Latin American Culture, Translation Theory & Practice and Spanish Language Skills • Developed good written communication skills, as assessment required intensive independent research and articulating ideas to a high standard • In-class presentations and debates developed my confidence to explain complex ideas and speak publicly

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