I have a First Class Honours degree in English and an NVQ4 in Newspaper Journalism with a wealth of freelance experience in my extensive portfolio.
Freelance work includes:
- Editing and producing content for a publication aimed at promoting Queen's University to potential students.
- A range of newspapers articles, including front page.
- Re-writing an entire university prospectus.
- Arts and Culture sub-editing.
- Entertainment listings and reviews.
I am a skilled writer, proof reader and editor with a love of the written word and a fast, professional turnover of work.
My job as a Technical Editor for an exam board requires that I manage my own workload under strict deadlines, ensure exam materials are error free, conform to house style and adhere to Plain English standards.
I also have administration experience and the ECDL qualification, I am therefore highly competent using all Microsoft Office applications.
I have my own laptop with email etc and I can produce freelance work during evenings and weekends.
Area Covered: UK, worldwide via email.
Summary: Upon starting my Engish degree in 2004, I got involved in a range of university publications including official and student-run.
I worked as a writer and sub-editor for the Students' Union magazine at QUB, this involved sourcing articles and writers, assigning briefs, liaising with other sub-editors, proof reading and producing articles.
As a result of this work I was offered the position of Editor of QU, an official university publication which is sent to A-level students who have registered an interest in QUB. This magazine serves as a key marketing tool for Queen's and it is therefore essential that the copy is well written, error free and suitable for its target readership.
My work on QU then resulted in being offered the chance to completely rewrite corporate information into an accessible publication aimed at promoting Queen's to early secondary school pupils.
During my Newspaper Journalism studies, I worked at the Belfast Telegraph for four weeks during which time I was required to complete a variety of tasks in order to successfully build my portfolio to pass the course. These tasks included sourcing local stories, conducting interviews, managing my own workload, working with press releases, answering news desk phones. I had a number of articles published during my month working there, including a front page piece.
My 9-5 job is as a Technical Editor for an examination board, so the nature of this work makes accuracy and attention to detail key attributes to ensure pupils have access to error free examination materials. This position has really honed my editing skills as mistakes will simply not be tolerated.
Job Title: Editor
Company: Queen's University Belfast
Description: I edit a magazine for this client twice a year. This includes sourcing writers to complete articles, assigning briefs, producing copy and interviews, proof reading work, making amendments to design and layout, fact checking etc.
Education Summary: First Class Honours, English, Queen's University Belfast
NVQ4 Newspaper Journalism, Belfast Metropolitan College
European Computer Driving Licence