PortraitMy name is Paul Creeney. I am a freelance journalist based in North West England.

My portfolio is extremely varied and covers environmental, developmental and local news, as well as sports, feature writing and reviews of gigs and films.

My most prominent journalistic achievement is finishing as a runner-up in the 2013 London Library Student Prize. The competition required me to write an 800-word article on the theme ‘Gap Years: A New Colonialism?’, and was judged by journalist and London Library chairman Bill Emmott, award-winning author Patrick Ness, The Times’ Saturday Review editor Tom Gatti and also the newspaper’s literary editor, Erica Wagner. One of the prizes is a mini-internship with The Times newspaper, which I will complete later this year. You can read my article here.

I have also finished as a runner-up in the 2013 Midlands Media Awards, receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Student/Newcomer of the Year’ category. The awards judging panel included numerous prominent business and media figures from across the region, and was chaired by managing editor of Sky News, Peter Lowe.

Aside from this, I have also completed a three-month internship at environmental magazine Resurgence & Ecologist, contributing articles to both the magazine and The Ecologist website. I helped edit the Ecologist site, which included sub-editing copy, sourcing pictures and writing headlines, standfirsts and captions. I still regularly write for The Ecologist on a freelance basis.

In local media, I have contributed to a print edition of local politics blog Pits n Pots, which was distributed to 50,000 households within Stoke-on-Trent and funded by The Journalism Foundation - a since disbanded charity that looked to promote, develop and sustain free and independent journalism across the globe. I have also written extensively for StaffsLive, a local news website run by Staffordshire University journalism students that focuses on Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

I have recently completed a degree at Staffordshire University – BA (Hons) Ethical World Journalism - which focuses on key issues in journalistic ethical practice, and looks to provide a news agenda of universal public interest. I will graduate in July 2013 with First Class Honours.

Outside of journalism, I am an avid traveller and have so far backpacked through Mexico, worked at a school in Cuzco, Peru and walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

*The top photo was taken from the summit of Alto del Perdón, just outside the Spanish city of Pamplona, whilst walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago. The black and white photo was taken in Santiago after completing the trek.