Tuesday, 24 July 2012

fatBuzz has got that little bit fatter

Derek Howie is a first-class honours journalism graduate, whose work has appeared in publications including The Scottish Sun, STV and tilllate magazine. He has been rewarded for his academic endeavours with many personal accolades, including the 2011 and 2012 UWS Court Medal for Journalism and the 2009 and 2010 Glasgow Metropolitan College HND Journalism prize. He also came runner up in the 2010 Write Stuff College Sports Writing award.

Throughout his time as a freelance journalist and student of journalism, he has learned many valuable skills which he will look to bring to the fatBuzz office, including the ability to build and maintain credible relationships and the ability to create regular, vibrant and effective content.

As well as his experience in journalism, Derek also has significant knowledge and understanding of social media marketing and website and social network site management. He is extremely passionate about social media and has written widely about its benefits and implications to journalists and businesses, as well as researching it as part of his dissertation study into journalists’ use of social media as a newsgathering tool.

Before he embarked on a career in journalism, and subsequently social media with fatBuzz, Derek previously played professional football for Dunfermline Athletic Football Club, where he ultimately spent more time on the treatment table than he did on the football pitch.

Away from the office, Derek considers himself as something of an 'electronic music aficionado' and during his time at tilllate magazine, he interviewed electronic music pioneers such as Pete Tong, Slam, Ellen Allien, Agoria, Markus Shulz and Breakage. Incidentally, Gordon has no idea who any of those artists are!

While studying at college and university over the past four years, Derek spent copious amounts of time on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Blogger, YouTube and iTunes. He never imagined that four years later, that procrastination would prove so worthwhile.

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