I’ve had a winning way with words since I was a child and turned a love of writing into a career which has spanned more than 30 years.

Aged 19, I started writing for newspapers as a local correspondent on the Pontypridd Observer. I then trained as a newspaper journalist on the excellent NCTJ Pre-Entry Journalism course in Cardiff.

In the 1980s, I was a reporter on weekly papers in London and freelanced for national music magazines including Record Mirror.

I’ve written for national publications in Wales including the Western Mail and was one of the team who helped launch Trinity Mirror’s website icwales – now named Wales Online.

As a press officer in local government for 17 years, I issued thousands of press releases, wrote and edited web content and managed social media channels on a huge variety of topics.

Over the past four years, I’ve branched out into radio news reading, presenting and voiceover work.

For professional help with writing a press release, web content, proofreading, editing or voiceovers, please email steph@stephmcnicholas.me.uk