I’m Denise, a journalist based in Manchester, UK.
And here’s a little something about me…
I have 9 years’ experience working on the biggest regional newspaper outside of London – the Manchester Evening News.
During my time at the MEN I took up a number of roles, picking up an unrivalled set of skills along the way.
My career started as a weekly news reporter in Rochdale, before I moved to the Salford Advertiser – my childhood paper -specialising in health and education.
I then became the first multimedia journalist in the newsroom four years ago, meaning I was the only journalist to be purely digitally-focused in my writing.
I then moved to the digital web production team, where at times I was required to edit and manage the website, publish breaking news, write headlines and proof copy.
It was during this time I learnt to master SEO and CMS, before moving on to become the first dedicated What’s On writer at the paper, with my work also featuring in the weekly Citylife supplement.
I became the specialist liveblogger on the digital/What’s On teams, covering major events, breaking news, TV shows and music concerts.
A team of experienced journalists grew around me and we became the go-to place for people to find out what is happening in the city, from arts, theatre, music, food, bars and major events like Manchester Pride and Parklife.
I also regularly interviewed celebrities and music stars from soap actors to high profile acts such as Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran and Craig David.
Music review: Emeli Sande at Gorilla, Manchester
Alongside my commitments at the MEN, I also became the media and press officer at Manchester Thunder – the local Superleague netball team, a role I still undertake.
It includes compiling match reports (home and away), managing the team’s social media accounts, offering media training to players, interviewing squad members and management and liaising with other members of the press.
I have also followed the England Roses national team to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney.
I am keen to extend my portfolio in sport reporting, having first got the bug during my time as a press assistant at London 2012, based in the velodrome.
My work is now primarily focused for digital, social and online, while I continued to write for print, including travel features, live news and food reviews for my entire time at the MEN.
I currently freelance at BBC Sport on the live/online team with a break during the summer to work as a member of the press team at Glastonbury 2017.
I have also joined leading PR firm Down At the Social as a media consultant ahead of Manchester Pride, their biggest client.
Outside of journalism, I worked as an overseas trainer for a major holiday company for a year.
I am often found on some kind of trip, live sports match or city centre haunt and (try) to play netball when I can for fun and fitness.