Curriculum Vitae

E-mail : lavanya.l@hotmail.com                                                                                              Contact:  +44 7459316681

I am a Master’s student in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, passionate about pursuing a career in web journalism and related forms of communication.

I have experience in print journalism and am now focusing on expanding my repertoire to include broadcast and digital skills as well. I am currently also gaining experience in social media content creation in my capacity as a marketing assistant for the University’s International Office.



Education 

  • Current – 2017- present

Master of Arts in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism

Birmingham School of Media,

Birmingham City University

  • Undergraduate Degree 2013- 2016

Bachelors of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication (BAJC)

School of Communication, Manipal (SOC) Manipal University – CGPA – 8.70


Schooling: 
Higher Secondary- 2013 [Humanities] [CBSE]

Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai – 95.4%

Secondary – 2010 [CBSE]

Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan

Senior Secondary School, K.K.Nagar, Chennai – CGPA- 9.2



Work experience

The New Indian Express, Chennai
7 months (July 2016- February 2017)

  • Lifestyle journalist with the weekly luxury lifestyle newsmagazine Indulge
  • Contributed content primarily for Chennai, but also Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Coimbatore editions relating to fashion, food, cinema and events around the city
  • Work role involved reporting, sub-editing, and page-making responsibilities
  • Handled the Facebook handle for the newsmagazine between October and February
  • Experience in page design, coordination between multiple news centers and reporting and sub-editing

The New Indian Express, Chennai
4 months (March-July 2017)

  • Freelance journalist with the city edition of the New Indian Express, Chennai
  • Specialised in fashion, general features, and animal welfare stories

News7 Tamil, Chennai
(Internship) 1 month (June 2015)

  • Main work roles involved research and reporting
  • Worked on the show- Maiyyam, a weekly one hour program focusing on development issues
  • Roles comprised of background research, program planning, management of guests and reporting
  • Produced three packages entirely, from reporting to anchoring
  • Learnt scripting and program patterns for TV shows
  • Worked with the input team on collecting news from different centers in Tamil Nadu
  • Part of the social media desk for news collection and analysis of trends
  • Experience in shooting, editing, reporting

The New Indian Express, Chennai
(Internship) 2 weeks (December 2013)

  • Worked under the features department and the city news department
  • Reporting and background research
  • Introduced to page design and editing

Nizhal, Chennai
(Internship) 2 weeks (June 2014)

  • Fieldwork- consisted of taking surveys of areas and of the trees and plant life there
  • Surveyed the condition of trees and plants in different areas and de-nailing and unwiring on arterial roads
  • Photographic documentation of all the NGO’s activities
  • Preparation of a handbook of the species used in the tree parks set up by the NGO and the activities involved
  • Awareness campaigns on growing more trees and how to maintain existing ones

Indian Council for Child Welfare, Chennai
(Internship) 1 month (December 2014)

  • Documentation and data collection
  • Field Work comprised of visits to the homes of children who had applied for financial aid and assessment of their socio-economic statuses
  • Translation of teaching manual used for the children at the school from the local language to English
  • Preparation of the quarterly reports of various programmes carried out by the Council
  • Worked with the emergency child helpline


Strengths

  • Skills include editing, content creation, news presenting for broadcast platforms, social media content creation and amateur videography
  • Confident with software like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Quark Express, Burli
  • Confident with social media and blogging tools
  • Good oratorical and writing abilities
  • Handle leadership roles and team responsibilities well
  • Willing to work hard and learn

Positions of responsibility and work experience: 

  • Editor for Birmingham Eastside and Reload Radio UK for two weeks (January 2018). Work involved editing stories, following trends, creating and editing news bulletin and overseeing coordination between radio and web departments
  • Served in positions of leadership in various clubs and events through my undergraduate and school education
  • Consistent academic performance and quality of work
  • Involved in event management and community outreach efforts during my undergraduate study
  • Batch representative for voluntary efforts involving local communities at University

I love historical places and try and visit as many places that have an interesting story as I can in my free time. I also indulge in some amateur photography. My dog is the most precious thing in the world to me and I am involved in rescue and rehabilitation efforts, particularly for senior dogs, in my home city. Living alone during most of my higher education has also woken the chef in me. I haven’t killed anyone yet, so that’s going well so far!