Undergraduate degree

BA (Hons) Journalism with Creative Writing (Grade 2:1)

University of Chester 2012-2015

During this three-year course, I learnt the foundations of journalism and how to work with others but mainly how to organise myself and develop an entire magazine on my own.

Reflection Magazine Photoshoots

Reflection Magazine Makeup Shoot


For Reflection Magazine I needed to do a photoshoot to show some festival makeup looks.

I chose my beautiful friend Beth to be my model and these are the photos that I came up with. I also did the makeup itself, edited and took the photos myself as well.

This was a great shoot to do as it was very simplistic with the white background but this just highlights the makeup itself. It also fits better in the magazine as it was next to very dark pages so the white background balances out the pages.

If thinking about the shoot without the context of the magazine I would have liked to do a festival background or some kind of natural setting to highlight the looks.

Also, colour correcting and highlights were changed but there was no photoshopping in terms of editing out any blemishes. This was to keep with the tone of the magazine.

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Reflection Magazine Fashion Shoot


This is the second photo shoot that I did for Reflection Magazine. This was a simple work day look that could be worn in the city. My model was Mary who at the time was my housemate.

This was a great shoot to do, as it was done in Chester in Rufus Court very early in the morning to make sure that there were no people around.

The outfits I style and I used pieces from my wardrobe and Mary’s. The main aim was to produce a shoot where every piece and outfit flowed from one to the other. The main theme was red, white or blue so each outfit had those colours in there in some way.

Matching items from the shoes to the lipstick was also key here as it brought the whole look together.

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Reflection Magazine

Reflection Magazine  was my final project of the third year. This was to construct a magazine, from articles to photographs to the layout and design.

My vision for the magazine was for a young target audience that wanted real women’s stories and for the fashion to be affordable and for them.

My aim was to go over a cross section of women from all different parts of the UK including minorities and to be able to tell their story. My other aim for the magazine was for the fashion, makeup and adverts to exclusively feature real women.

The magazine was produced from scrtatch using Adobe InDesgin, Photos and adverts were edited or created in Adobe Photoshop. All photos are credited to the source also the mock adverts I produced as well.

The magazine is 24 pages long and also is A5 in size if printed out. Here is the PDF: Magazine

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Online Newspaper

For the first half of my final year the journalism students were split in to two groups of 9 and produced an online local newspaper together.

The group had to each produce 12 articles in total. Six were for news for a dummy edition to get feed back from our tutors about. The second group of six were for a real week of news between the 10th and 17th December 2014.

The group had to coordinate what articles they were doing so the same article wasn’t written about. Each person also had the responsibility to produce a range of content from news articles, multimedia and photojournalism pieces, entertainment news and reviews.

Working with the other students was challenging but also helpful as it was good to communicate and talk about articles with other students.

As the newspaper was just online other elements such as social media tasks were involved also changing the writing style to suit online journalism more.

My archive of posts can be found here: https://www.chesterrecord.wordpress.com/author/vickiemilyevans/

Features Spread

So this is the two page spread I made for my Feature Writing Class in my second year of University.

The style of the double page is supposed to look like a real local newspaper. I decided on the Chester Chronicle as this was a newspaper that is local and features a range of topics.

The two sides to the spread had to be thematically the same so I chose two charities that are working in and around Chester; the first is the food bank that is part of the Tinsel Trust and the second is charity that takes poor children from Belarus and Ukraine to England for a month each year.

The content of the articles cannot be shown as I do not have permission from the people I interviewed however can be available on request.

PDF and photos are available. The spread was produced from scratch using InDesign. Photos were edited in Adobe Photoshop.

Feature articles

Article for an assessment in the style of the Chester Chronicle. Filler text has been added to protect my sources; text available on demand. Article for an assessment in the style of the Chester Chronicle. Filler text has been added to protect my sources; text available on demand.


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