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Tom Tainton (DOB: 2 Jan 1989)

Twitter: @tainton9
Mob: 07969034237
An NCTJ trained journalist and Web:
broadcaster with professional
8 Riverwood Rd Bristol BS16 1NX
freelance experience.
“Tom shows a genuine enthusiasm for journalism and an excellent
willingness to learn, as well as being punctual and courteous in the
newsroom.” Steve Cotton – Deputy Sports Editor, Bristol Evening Post

Education Subject Qualification

Southampton Solent University Journalism (BA) Hons 2:1 (upper class)

St Brendan’s College, Bristol PE, Geography, English Literature All grade A

10 subjects including Maths, English and

Mangotsfield School, Bristol All grade A-A*

Technical skills and achievements

Print: Proficient experience in Microsoft Office (W ord, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).

Broadcast: Basic experience in Final Cut Pro; Quick Edit Pro, Radioman, Avid iNews and Avid Newscutter.
CMS: Experience in Photoshop, Quark, W ordpress, Joomla, Blogger and Indesign.
Qualifications: NCTJs in Media Law part 1 & 2, Public Affairs part 1& 2, News writing & Sub-editing.

Employment: 2007-2011

Professional sports reporter at Infostrada Sports, Sydney

Produced athlete biographies for the Delhi Commonwealth games and reported on Sydney FC matches for the club’s
website. This included player and manager interviews, attending training and post-match conferences.

Freelance broadcast assistant for BBC Bristol and BBC Solent

Cut radio packages, edited scripts in the studio and liaised with on-scene reporters and senior colleagues within the

Professional regional elections reporter for Sky News

Attended the count in Southampton’s Eastleigh ward, assisted senior reporters, arranged interviews and contributed
to the official Sk y Twitter feed.

News reporter for The Daily Echo

Covered Thornhill community news for Southampton’s premier local newspaper. I conducted interviews with
government officials and had features published in the weekday edition.

Professional football reporter for Worthing Herald

Delivered copy relevant to the paper’s house style, conducted manager and player interviews and provided a
match report.

Professional columnist for technology newsletter, Smartcard News

Monthly column discussing e-finance and card security. I have attended international conferences in Paris and London,
conducted webcasts and interviewed CEO’s from across the globe.

Editor of Southampton's Multiple Sclerosis Society newsletter

Responsible for producing and overseeing copy, attending events, as well as designing and creating an online version
of the newsletter that was distributed across Hampshire.

Professional editor of Skillset Media Academy newsletter

Editor of the newsletter focusing on media achievements at local universities. My responsibilities included sourcing
images and interviews, subbing stories and producing copy to deadline.

Professional editor of Southampton Solent’s Media Faculty newsletter

Produced for academic and administrative staff, I managed a team of designers and reporters on this bi-monthly
To see examples of m y published work or to view m y full portfolio, please visit

Professional Broadcast journalist for Solent Productions (University media)

Video reporter for Solent TV and SCONUL (National Association of University Libraries). I attended conferences at Bath
University, presented features and produced broadcast packages.

Professional press officer for Mastermover

Researched company policy, wrote press releases which were distributed throughout the industry, and dealt with media

Professional communications officer for David Fear Electrical Ltd

Responsible for the company’s media output and online portfolio. I redesigned the company’s website, providing images
and copy to deadline.

I have also been published in The Guardian, The Independent, Irish Rugby Union official website, Venue Magazine and
The Bristol Evening Post. I was nominated for the PTC ‘Best New Concept’ award in 2010 and m y thesis on Islam
representation in the media, as well as the accompanying website, received an academic distinction.

Voluntary work placements

Sports desk work placement at Bristol Evening Post: Subbing, producing copy and general duties.
W ork placement at Southampton Council Press office, March 2008: Media enquiries, produced copy.
W ork placement at Kiss radio, June 2008: Attended events, wrote scripts and conducted voxpops with public.
W ork placement at Venue Magazine, August 2008: Produced features, conducted interviews, subbing duties.
Runner for the BBC’s Big Questions show, February 2009: W orked backstage, assisted audience and staff.
W ork placement at Sky Sports News, August 2009: Assisted a reporter, edited packages, press conferences.
W ork placement with The Independent sports desk, September 2009: Subbing, design, transcribing interviews.
W ork placement with The Guardian sports desk, November 2010: Subbing, producing copy and general duties.
W ork placement with the IRFU press office, November 2010: Published content online, assisted press on matchday.


I enjoy participating in and watching a wide range of sports, particularly cricket, football, rugby and tennis which I have
played competitively for local clubs. I have played representative rugby at regional and county level. I regularly ski
with m y family and devote a lot of my time to keeping fit and active. I like to spend my free time reading, travelling and
cooking. I’m health & safety trained and have a full driving licence.

“Tom is intelligent, gregarious and enthusiastic, and I am confident he will make an exceptional journalist in whatever
field he chooses to pursue.” Andrew Hendry – Senior Internship co-ordinator, Infostrada Sports Australia

Core competencies and professional skills Referees

x Strong editorial judgement and organizational skills

x First-class news awareness and knowledge of current affairs Lesley Dann – Smartcard News
Tel: 01903734677
x Creative self-starter who is brimming with ideas
x Able to work within a team or independently
Address: Columbia House, Columbia Drive,
x Excellent verbal and written communication skills W orthing, BN13 3HD
x Knowledge of newsmaking and production techniques
x A bulging book of contacts from across the industry Andrew Hendry – Infostrada Sports
x A keen understanding of tailoring content to audiences Tel: (0061)292114629
x A passion for journalism and social media Email:
x Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines Address: Level 2, 608 Harris Street, Ultimo,
x Excellent interviewing and listening techniques NSW 2007, Australia
x Precise attention to detail and advanced analytical skills
x Leadership experience with problem-solving capabilities Andy Chatfield - Southampton Solent
x Strong self-discipline, punctuality and ambition University
x Strong business sense with excellent interpersonal skills Tel: 07795600926
x Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and procedures Email:
x A diplomatic and friendly personality Address: East Park Terrace, Southampton,