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Samuel Spencer

Freelance Journalist - Specialising in Culture and Entertainment

Location icon United Kingdom

London-based writer, currently taking my NCTJ diploma in multimedia reporting at Press Assocation Training.

Prior to this, I was a staff writer at two publications: Artinfo, a worldwide arts and culture website; and shots, and advertising industry magazine. At these two sites, I wrote news, features and interviews, accepting commissions and pitching ideas. I also edited video.

I also have experience as a freelance writer, writing content about arts, culture, education, travel, social issues and more for a wide variety of B2C and B2B clients.

Currently, I am completing my NCTJ qualification, working as a production journalist at The Sunday Times. I am open to new commissions, and can be reached at [email protected]



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The (R)Evolution of Gorillaz

I speak to the team behind Gorillaz about the band's relationship to technology, how most holograms use 18th century technology, and what Madonna is really like to work with.
These gun owners are destroying their weapons after the Florida school shooting

In response to the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, US gun owners have been posting videos online of them destroying their assault weapons. Using the hashtags #OneLess and #OneLessGun, people shared videos showing them using saws and hammers to destroy their own AR-15 rifles, the same weapon used by Nikolas Cruz in Florida.

Christmas Pop-Up Cinemas: Ho Ho Ho or No No No?

Since, well, popping up in 2010 following the success of Secret Cinema, pop-ups have turned into a total staple of the London cinema circuit. They've become as much of a feature as sticky floors and overpriced West End tickets. But this Christmas they seemed to have reached their peak.

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Antony Gormley on Brexit, Migration and Heading Into Darkness

Though Gormley's work obviously reflects what he calls his desire to "Confront the ideas that we might have about where we live and our participation in their actuality," he has his eyes on the future as much as the present.

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock Review

Picture the 1970s in your head, and chances are a Mick Rock image has come to mind. David Bowie managing to be the sexiest man alive despite a red mullet, a business suit and a saxophone? That's Mick Rock. Topless Iggy Pop bending over backwards in a moment of rock 'n' roll abandonment?

Be Moved by Rodin and Dance at The Courtauld Gallery

Discover the story behind "Dance Movements," Rodin's late-period experimental sculptures, as well as astonishing private sketches, at the latest exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, on view through January 22.

The Lesson I Learnt from Leaving the City I Love

I believe that you're not truly an adult until you can fully accept how much of a dick you were at 21. Now at 24 I can say it: my goodness, what a dick I was. Any larger of a dick and they'd have to keep me in formaldehyde, like they did with Rasputin's penis at The Russian Museum of Erotica.

PJ Pereira on Evil Cults and Entertainment Lions

The Pereira & O'Dell CCO talks Cannes regrets, leading a jury, & why there definitely will be a Grand Prix in 2017. PJ Pereira, CCO, Pereira & O'Dell, a novelist who writes about evil cults, and president of this year's Entertainment Lions jury, is a man with a mission.
Foods you should never order from a diner

Getty Images Diners are like sausages: most people like them, but they'd rather not know how any of the food is made. Diners are American institutions, and sometimes there's nothing like the brilliant burger or excellent eggs you'll find at one, but they also have the same drawbacks as any other restaurant.


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