Sam Halligan

Multimedia Journalist


Personal Statement

I am currently in my third year of studying Multimedia Journalism (BA Hons) at the University of Salford. I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who can work to full potential independently, and as part of a team.

I am a competent and accurate writer who always strives to produce work to its full potential. I have always been a perfectionist in my respective fields and will not become complacent, nor will I be satisfied until my work is flawless.

I am confident, friendly and helpful; attributes requisite for the world of Journalism. My attendance in University, College and School has always been excellent and I am extremely punctual. I am also flexible with working hours, use my initiative to the fullest, and demonstrate integrity in all aspects of life.

I have had a burning passion for writing and editing since leaving school. I have always been involved in media projects during College and University, having articles published for both platforms – most recently my University news publication ‘Quays News’.

I have also spent time writing for my local online news organisation ‘Rochdale Online’, where I developed my journalistic abilities further, going out into the field and working to deadlines. In my free time I also write a music orientated blog, discussing gigs I have been to, my tracks of the week, and also music I, myself have mixed/produced.


– The University of Salford (2014-present)
– Holy Cross Sixth Form College (2012-2014)
– St. Cuthbert’s Business & Enterprise College (2007 -2012)


Overall second year grade: 2:1

3 A-Levels (A-C):

Media Studies [A]
English Language [C]
Art & Design: Photography [B]

11 GCSE’s (A*-C) (including a MERIT/grade B in BTEC PE)

English Language [A]
English Literature [B]
Mathematics [C]
Core Science [B]
Additional Science [C]
Physical Education [A*]
BTEC Physical Education [M]
Spanish [A]
History [B]
Religious Education [A]
General Studies/Citizenship [B]

Previous Work/Work Experience

October 2016 – November 2016: Reporter (Rochdale Online)

Between October and November of last year I worked as a reporter for Rochdale Online News while on placement.

My role as a reporter saw me go out into the field to acquire stories, organise and conduct interviews, and work to output deadlines in order for content to be published in accordance with events.

During my time at Rochdale Online, I produced a selection of articles ranging from features to sports stories to crime reports; all of which can be viewed in my online portfolio.

Working in a professional environment helped me to develop my communication skills; speaking in a polite and professional manager to people of importance in order to acquire appropriate information, and taught me many things about how the journalism industry works – ultimately helping me to become a better journalist.

October 2015 – present: Reporter (Quays News)

Since second year I have regularly contributed to my University’s news platform, writing reviews, features, and sports and news articles.

During my time contributing to Quays News, I have learnt about the ups and downs of journalism; anonymity, tackling legal issues etc.

This, and working alongside other journalists; discussing and generating ideas, has allowed me to develop my journalistic ability in all aspects of my work.

December 2015 – April 2016: Sales Assistant (Clarks Shoes, Market Street)

In December of last year, I began working as a Christmas temp at Clarks Shoes, but as a result of my hard work and performance, I was offered a permanent contract. From there, I became a significant member of the sales team, working in compliance with the branch’s incentives in order for it to regularly reach its goals.

Working at Clarks allowed me to develop my people skills, interacting with both customers and colleagues throughout most of my shifts. As a result, I believe I have become more socially interactive through my ability to build both a friendly and professional rapport with customers; resulting in them leaving the store feeling happy with the service, ultimately increasing the rates of consumer conversion.

 July 2015 – Present: Pipe Fitter (C&R Fire Protection Ltd) – On & Off

Since 2015 I have been working on and off for C&R Fire Protection Ltd, fitting sprinkler systems for Pyro Protection Ltd, and Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions.

My job involves preparing and fabricating pipework and sprinkler heads, and then fitting them, often at high level. The job also consists of carrying out maintenance checks all over the country. I have done jobs as far as Leicester, and Wrexham. Typically, I would work a 10-hour day from 7am-5pm, although I have also done a great deal of night work, with shift patterns of 7pm-5am.

The job has made me physically stronger, causing me to become a much harder worker. It has also further developed my communication and teamwork skills, as preparing and fitting pipes requires constant communication in order to complete the job to the highest standard.

April 2013 – September 2015: Kitchen Assistant/Bar Staff (The Baum Pub)

I worked as a Kitchen Assistant at local gastropub ‘The Baum’ in Rochdale for over 2 years. From this I developed good communication skills, as I had to read out cheques, instructing what food was needed for certain dishes. This helped me learn to communicate well with my colleagues, especially during excessively busy shifts.

I also worked on the bar at The Baum, which gave me experience in dealing with demanding customers during busy shifts; during my time on the bar I would take food orders regularly, and then proceed to serve them. I would also serve drinks, and collect any finished glasses or plates.

Working on the bar helped me to develop my communication skills further, having to speak to the chefs through a speaker in order to receive food through the lift. I worked many hours at The Baum, being flexible with shifts, covering shifts if needed or working long shifts on busy nights.

September 2011 – 2015: FA Football Referee

I am an FA qualified level 7 referee and had been refereeing mainly in the North Bury Junior Football League for 4 seasons before other commitments meant I had to stop for the time being. It enabled me to become confident, develop good leadership skills, and taught me how to control situations appropriately. It gave me the ability to stay calm and assertive when keeping control of challenging players, managers and spectators.

It has also helped me to develop good conversational skills, speaking with conviction to players both younger and older than myself. Due to the quality of my refereeing – rated by the managers of each team over the season – I was rewarded with the opportunity to officiate in Cup finals in every season, receiving medals for each appointment.

Hobbies & Interests

I spend the majority of my time writing about, collecting, producing, and mixing music. I hope to continue to write, produce, and DJ as much as possible in my free time throughout my career.

I am also a massive Manchester United fan and have had a season ticket in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand for 11 years and counting. I never miss a game.

I also enjoy playing football in my free time and hope to return to it at a decent level upon completion of my studies.


Pauline Journeaux
– Rochdale Online Editor
Address: Rochdale Online
First Floor
122 Yorkshire Street
OL16 1LA

Martin Hamer
– Personal Tutor (University of Salford)

Andy Rowan
– Clarks Manchester Store Manager
Tel: 01618321748
Address: 47 Market Street
Manchester Arndale
M1 1WR

Chris Riley
– C&R Fire Protection Limited
Tel: 07795843195
Address: 49 Medlock Road
M35 9WW

Heidi & Simon Crompton
– Owners of The Baum Pub
Tel: 01706 352186
Address: The Baum
33-37 Toad Lane
OL12 0NU

Ian Armstrong
– North Bury Junior Football League Referees Secretary
Address: 9 Rivershill Drive,
OL10 3BJ

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