Rebecca Rutt


London, N4

I am working full time for reporting on daily financial news and features for the website. I also write regular freelance pieces for Who’s Jack such as; bar and restaurant reviews and lifestyle features.

Skills: NCTJ 100 WPM shorthand, NCTJ preliminary certificates, Quark, InDesign, online video script writing and presenting, Microsoft packages, Powerpoint, video and sound editing, full, clean driving licence.


2009 – 2010: JOMEC, Postgraduate Newspaper Journalism Diploma, University of Cardiff

2004 – 2008: BA American and English History (2:1), University of East Anglia, Norwich

2006 – 2007: San Francisco State University, exchange year.

Freelance work:

Who’s Jack: I write regular articles for both the website and magazine.These are on a range of topics but mainly pieces on London, lifestyle and bar and restaurant reviews and round-ups.

Recent employment:

Moneywise magazine: Working for this leading personal finance magazine and website has taught me a lot about current issues in the financial world as well as giving me a good background to this area. Along with subbing the magazine pages I’ve also written several features as well as daily national news stories and video content for the website.

Money Observer: At the magazine and website I discovered a lot about the investment world and honed my skills to writing short news pieces to tight deadlines, along with much longer features for print. This also gave me a good introduction into personal finance and helped me build up a good contacts book.

This is Money: Working to tight deadlines, I’ve learnt to find my own news stories and write quickly, accurately and interestingly for the website.

Work experience


Edinburgh Evening News: While at the newspaper I was able to bring in my own non-diary stories, take incoming newsdesk requests, update the online site and conduct death knocks.


The Sunday Times: In this period I spent time researching articles, writing some small pieces, calling in products to trial and transcribing several interviews.


Top Tips for I assisted journalist Kate Reardon by sub-editing her website, writing features pieces and updating the news pages on the site.

Financial Mail on Sunday/Financial Mail Women’s Forum/This is Money: In this two-week period I worked with both the newspaper and online teams, conducting and researching interviews, writing articles, updating the website and writing the daily share tips.

The Independent:At this national paper I worked on the features desk helping to research articles, conduct interviews and write some small pieces.

April – September 2009: Palgrave, Macmillan Publishers

Working with the publicity and marketing departments of this major publishing house gave me a great insight into the media world. My daily tasks involved writing press releases, contacting journalists, sending out review books, arranging marketing campaigns for new titles and reading incoming reviews.

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