Centre for Investigative Journalism
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Graphic Designer, Curator; 2010-2016
BRANDING, CURATION, GRAPHIC DESIGN, PLANNING
Throughout my time at university I acted as a freelance graphic designer, writer and planner attached to The Centre for Investigative Journalism, completing a number of visual assignments such as posters, leaflets and video slides for the purpose of raising awareness of the CIJ’s work: promoting its summer school, conferences, courses and other media events; as well as compiling educational handbooks for training journalists in investigative skills relating to new media.
I aided especially in the organisation, promotion and running of the non-profit organisation’s annual CIJ Investigative Film Week. I was later responsible for the rebranding of this event, pitching successfully to negate the obscurity of the ‘CIJ’ brand amongst a non-journalistic audience so as to diversify and enlarge the scope and audience of the event, whilst emphasising its unique selling point afforded by the new title: London Investigative Film Festival.
Selection highlights include Peter Jackson produced, Amy Berg directed West of Memphis; Gasland II (setting panellists from WaterUK and NaturalGas 2.0 alight in heated debate); and the UK premieres of (perennial favourite) Paul Moeria's Big Tobacco: Young Targets; and the exquisitely shot, Grierson Award winning Chinese journalistic travelling chronicle High Tech, Low Life.
Again in 2015, selecting and securing the harrowing and heartbreaking pharmaceutical exposé film, Fire In The Blood; and the UK premiere of Chemical Weapons: Made in Europe, in particular amongst others, for screening and discussion.
I am also, notably, responsible for the graphic content of the festival. Having establishing the brand through colour, format and design, I ensure this is refreshed yearly: developing the identity of the festival as it continues to grow and garner attention. The 2015 poster and promotional materials feature a specially commissioned collage, in which I collate and symbolise the issues featured in the films being watched and discussed at the festival, and was featured in both the Guardian and Private Eye.
London Investigative Film Festival
I have been involved with the annual London Investigative Film Festival since 2012, working first as an on-the-day festival assistant and graphic design intern. Customer service was key, greeting and assisting not only the paying professional journalists, activists and filmgoers in attendance, but also the filmmakers and panellists, ensuring the friendly and smooth running of the event's screenings, panel discussions and drinks receptions.
In addition, the following year, my responsibilities were increased assisting in the organisation of the 2013 programme, event and technical support. This time we secured the more prestigious, central and fitting venue and sponsorship from The Foreign Press Association at the Commonwealth Club. The event attracted considerable media attention from (amongst others) the Guardian, OneWorld and Bahrain's political first and only independent TV station LuaLua TV who broadcast interviews from the event.
In 2014, my role was extended again to include responsibility for sourcing and selecting material for the film programme, and panellists for the Q+A panel discussions. Fostering strong relationships between the CIJ and a number of film distribution and production companies, as well as filmmakers, was key: actively seeking material from the source rather than simply relying on submissions ensured the programme continues to be perennially of both the highest quality and the most potent, relevant journalistic content.
Below are some images from the event, including the LuaLua TV press coverage at the screening of Bahrain, the Forbidden Country in 2014, and samples of promotional material I created for the events.
THE CIJ INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM SUMMER SCHOOL AND CONFERENCE
I continue to act as a Graphic Designer attached to the Centre for Investigative Journalism, completing a number of visual assignments such as posters, leaflets and video slides for the purpose of raising awareness of the CIJ’s work: promoting its summer school, film week, courses and other media events; as well as compiling educational handbooks for training journalists in investigative skills relating to new media.
In particular, this includes the design and branding heavy-lifting of the popular and esteemed annual CIJ Investigative Journalism Summer School and Conference, which requires the production of a number of promotional materials, signage and reference materials for the event on the day.
To the right are some samples of the 2014 brochure and promotional poster used for the event, whilst below are some other graphic deliverables created from the CIJ, in use.