Rebecca Hobson: Writer & Content Producer 
rebeccahobsonwrites@gmail.com | LinkedIn 


I help people and brands tell stories. 

Working with organisations like The Times, Vice and Public Health England, I communicate ideas, deliver messages and provoke debate. 

I’m especially passionate about social enterprise and helping young people – as evidenced by my work with School for Social Entrepreneurs, The Times and Start Profile (formerly Plotr). 

When not writing I study wine and run a micro clothing label. In October 2019 I completed the WSET Level 3 Award, passing with Merit.

WRITING SKILLS 

  • Researching, writing and editing, content strategy and production 
  • Interviewing – adept at putting people at ease and asking pertinent questions
  • Pitching – experienced in pitching and a confident presenter/pitcher 
  • Social media – experienced in building online communities 
  • SEO and writing for web – sound knowledge of SEO and SEO-driven content 
  • Software – Contentful, Microsoft, Google Drive, Wordpress and Squarespace 

PRODUCTION SKILLS 

  • Digital product development – working with start-ups, SMEs and public sector on content-rich digital platforms 
  • Presenting and compering – a natural public speaker, I’ve presented several award ceremonies and compered two literary stages 
  • Production – a highly organised person, I’ve produced several literary stages 

FREELANCE WORK, MAY 2014 – PRESENT 


CONTENT DESIGN (a sample

  • Content design for Barclays 'Founded' project via Seven Hills 
  • Content design for Public Health England's Talk to Frank service via cxpartners 
  • Content design for RM Partners & NHS via cxpartners 

CONTENT MARKETING & EDITORIAL STRATEGY (a sample) 

Business & Finance 

  • Business advice & analysis content for NatWest, ICAEW, Grant Thornton & Ulster Bank via Progressive Content 
  • Sponsored reports for The Times, The Sunday Times & corporate brochures via Raconteur 
  • Content production & copywriting for mixed brands via Seven 
  • Content production & copywriting for mixed brands via Seven Hills 
  • Content production & social media for CEF, Smith & Williamson & others via Nutcracker Agency 
  • Thought leadership & insight for Freeformers 
  • Case study production for London Stock Exchange Group & European Business Awards via European Business Awards 
  • Content production & report writing for OC&C via HK Strategies 
  • Case study production for the School for Social Entrepreneurs 
  • Data analysis & story gathering for Streetbees 
  • Content production for iwoca, Go Cardless, ayming, CityJobs, Jobsite & others 

Food & Drink 

  • Blogging for Abergavenny Food Festival 
  • Writing and recording voice over for regional wine guides for Vinoa, (now Le Petit Ballon)  
  • Feature writing for Coca-Cola via NewsCred 

JOURNALISM (a sample)

  • Vice Munchies & Vice Broadly: features on social issues and food & drink 
  • Jobsite & CityJobs: blogging on market trends and career advice 
  • The Times, Quartz India & BBC: reporting on South Asia, 2015 - 2017 

REPORTS 

  • London Stock Exchange Group: '1000 Companies to Inspire Europe' report, 2016, 2017 
  • The European Business Awards: 'Winning Businesses' case study report, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 
  • OC&C Strategy Consultants, 'A generation without borders' 

FULLTIME EMPLOYMENT 


Plotr (Now Start Profile) – Content Editor, October 2012 – June 2014 

Government- and industry-backed social enterprise (CIC) with a mission to reduce youth unemployment. Sponsors included Barclays, Waitrose, McDonald's, Capgemini, Centrica, Universal and Deloitte. 

Took on a four-week contract to help deliver a new careers platform. Played an instrumental part in delivering the site on time and to brief, resulting in a permanent job offer of deputy editor, which I accepted. I was later promoted to editor. 

  • Wrote, edited and commissioned articles, blog posts and job profiles 
  • Managed, briefed and up-skilled a team of researchers 
  • Worked closely with developers (RedAnt) on site build and the integration of key concepts such as personalisation 
  • Managed relationships with site sponsors: Universal Music, Deloitte, Barclays, Waitrose, McDonald’s & Centrica 

LondonlovesBusiness.com

Full-time: March 2011 – October 2012, as Associate Editor, promoted from Staff Writer 

Part-time: November 2013 – January 2016, as Special Projects Editor 

Online newspaper for fast growing SMEs and entrepreneurs launched in September 2011, co-founded by Graham Sherren (founder, Centaur Media) and Mike Bokaie (founder, Caspian Media). Now under new ownership. 

  • Helped build a website that gained the #1 rank on Google for "London business news", ahead of the BBC 
  • Promoted from staff writer to associate editor > Wrote original news and features covering all aspects of London life and business – from 3D printing to lap-dancing > Co-presented award ceremonies judged by Hilary Devey, Baroness Michelle Mone and James Timpson 
  • Commentator for LBC Radio 
  • Interviews: Deborah Meaden, Caprice, Max Clifford, Julie Meyer, Martha Lane-Fox, Steve Henry (Decoded/HHCL) 

Medianett – Journalist, March 2010 – December 2010 

Blink Productions – Researcher and Production Assistant, September 2008 – September 2009

OTHER PROJECTS 


Wine: I love tasting and studying wine! In November 2019 I completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, equivalent to an A Level, passing with Merit.

Ethical fashion: I founded Shakt+Mary in 2017 after falling in love with handloom fabrics like ikat and blockprint. As a longtime supporter of fair fashion, I run the micro scale production of ethically produced womenswear. 

Events: While living in Delhi (2015 to 2017) I co-founded Magnetic Words: a storytelling stage for India’s most progressive music festival, Magnetic Fields. Speakers included Raghu Karnad, William Dalrymple and Janice Pariat. I’ve also hosted business award ceremonies, and one other literary stage, with Adam Curtis as headline speaker. 

Volunteering: I am a volunteer visitor for Independent Age. I’ve previously volunteered for Women for Refugee Women. 


EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS, LANGUAGES 


> English, native | French, fluent | Spanish, conversational 

> WSET Levels 2 & 3. West of England Wine School, 2019 

> NCTJ Pre-entry Newspaper Journalism. Lambeth College, 2009-2010 

> Cours de Civilisation Française. Advanced French, La Sorbonne, Paris, 2006-2007 

> BA English Literature. 2:1 (67%) University of Sussex, Brighton, 2003-2006 

> 3 A Levels. English Lit (A), Media Studies (A), French (B), Exeter College 1999-01 

> 9 GCSES. A*-B, Sidmouth College 1994-1999

References available on request

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