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Max Brimelow

Max is a young journalist with experience in an array of media. He works freelance for East Bay Express and Berkeleyside, both in print and video. He recently won ‘Best Presenter 2018’ for the weekly radio show that he produced, wrote and performed whilst an undergraduate. He also wrote freelance for The Mancunion, the UK’s biggest student newspaper, which won national-level awards for its coverage of South Manchester crime during his tenure. He also won ‘Best News Video’ as a presenter for Cal TV at Berkeley. In July 2018 he graduated with First Class Honours in Geography from the University of Manchester, a subject that has led him to build particular interests in geopolitics, culture and social issues. He is specialising in longform video storytelling at Berkeley.


  • University of Manchester

    BA (Hons) Geography with International Study, 1st Class Honours

    - Achieved the highest grade (77.33%) in Geography overall in year 1 (over 200 students)
    - Achieved the highest grade (79.667%) in BA Geography in year 2 (over 150 students)
    - Awarded two prizes for highest module scores in year 2
    - Set the class record grade for "Creative Geographies" course

  • University of California, Berkeley

    Master of Journalism, Class of 2020

    - Intend to specialise in Video/Documentary/Broadcast Journalism
    - Also received offers of admission from Stanford and USC Graduate Journalism
    - Recipient of the $5,000 Hugh Fulton Byas Memorial Fund prize for British journalists of outstanding promise


  • Manchester Media Group, 2015-2018, University of Manchester, UK

    - Produced award-winning journalism in both the written and audio formats
    - 'Best Presenter 2018' at Fuse FM
    - Covered crime in South Manchester for the Mancunion, for which the newspaper was nationally recognised

  • Bank of The West, Marketing Intern, Summer 2017, San Francisco

    - Assisted in managing the Bank's sponsorship relationship with UC Berkeley
    - Organised promotional and collaborative marketing events for the Bank through its relationship with the University, leading to over 1,000 account openings during the Fall 2017 Orientation cycle
    -Conceptualised, developed and fulfilled the department's "Ultimate Cal Fan Pack" promotion

  • Footprints Tours, Freelance Tour Guide, 2015-2018, Oxford, UK

    - Directed over 70 2-hour freelance tours, working independently and dynamically solving problems as they arise, such as catering to the needs of disabled customers

  • Freelancer - East Bay Express, Berkeleyside, Oakland North

    - Pitching, writing/reporting, editing original articles
    - Featured in East Bay's 'Most Popular' column, and Berkeleyside's 'Popular Stories'


  • Hugh Fulton Byas Memorial Fund prize for British journalists of outstanding promise

  • Best Presenter 2018 at Fuse FM, University of Manchester

  • 'Best Impact' in the Student Publication Assocation's 2017 Regional Awards for the Mancunion's coverage of student safety issues, which I covered

  • Best News Video 2017 at Cal TV, UC Berkeley


Audio Journalism, Documentary, Narrative Writing, Political Communication, Print Journalism, TV & Radio Stations, Video Journalism