I've worked on more than 700 stories, blog posts and multimedia pieces for the Guardian.
Interests: Open(ing) govt, good data visualisation, raising awareness of planning issues, architecture, pollution-free transport and The Highline. It's fair to say I'm obsessed with music too.
With the Guardian's year-long Local project now over, I'm working on new projects (some still with the Guardian) and hunting new challenges.
Without really meaning to, I've found myself freelancing. Spent the end of summer 2011 with the Guardian Books team covering the Edinburgh international Book Festival - the biggest on earth! What a lovely bunch. See the coverage here. Have also recently written for the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland magazine. Chipped in with some future media consultancy for two political monitoring firms. A long-term goal is to roll-out the Planning App Map across every council in the UK. Read more about it here on the Guardian.
The Beatblogger role included multimedia journalism, council reporting, sourcing regular contributed content and collaborative community projects.
I'm qualified with a diploma in journalism, including shorthand at 120 words per-minute. Before The Guardian I spent two years with a national press agency and three years at an award-winning local newspaper group.
Please click here for my career plans - perhaps they fit in with yours and we could work together.
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Excellent at engaging with the community - comment by Milo McLaughlin
Michael was extremely supportive of the grassroots creative scene in Edinburgh during his time as BeatBlogger, and went far beyond the call of duty to keep up to date with what was happening and was instrumental in bringing a variety of creative communities closer together through his efforts.
As a guest blogger and someone who was featured on the Guardian Edinburgh site, I found him a pleasure to work with. He also showed a natural knack for engaging with a wide variety of people through both the blog and social media, and in the real world through local events and gatherings. He’ll be sorely missed.