- The Hague, NL
- €9 /hr
- Available now
I am a professional journalist, with 12 years' experience writing about the European Union, economics and finance (particularly in life insurance and pensions sectors), internationalmore...I am a professional journalist, with 12 years' experience writing about the European Union, economics and finance (particularly in life insurance and pensions sectors), international politics and international justice. I have regularly contributed for publications around the world, including The Telegraph, The Economist, The Indendent and Voice of America.
I have spent two years as Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In this capacity, I regularly ran training courses in both English and French. Not only in the Netherlands but also Uganda and the Congo.
I have also co-founded a travel guidebwook publishing company: City Trail Publishing Ltd. (www.thecitytrail.com), which continues to do well.
I am proficient in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
I have been based in Belgium, Portugal, the UK (London), Ghana, Sudan, Italy and now the Netherlands.
Area Covered: Netherlands
Summary: Eleven years writing for various publications. Full time jobs: EUobserver, Europe Information Service, Life & Pensions, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
Also freelance contributions to the Independent, the Daily Express, the Telegraph, the Economist, Voice of America, the Tablet, Computing, the Independent, Africa Geopolitics, Investments & Pensions Europe, France 24 and many others.
Relevant experience includes news agencies, radio, daily newspapers, monthly magazines, Internet journalism
Job Title: Africa Editor
Company: Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Description: - Managed a team of more than 25 freelance and staff journalists, spread over a number of different countries.
- Communicated with them in English or French.
- Worked with journalists to develop story ideas for the IWPR website.
- Mentored and trained local African journalists, providing detailed feedback on each story that they write.
- Worked closely with African journalists who came to The Hague, in order to improve their media skills.
- Regularly contributed articles and opinion pieces to the website.
- Occasionally worked in co-operation with our radio producers to generate stories for the radio.
- Developedd a comprehensive strategy for IWPR's participation at an important conference in Uganda.
- Developed and ran a two-week media training course in the Democratic Republic of Congo, entirely in French.
Job Title: Reporter
Company: Life & Pensions Magazine
Description: - I covered the life insurance and pensions industries extensively, with particular focus on risk management issues.
- I regularly interviewed senior people from government and industry, including: regulators, senior ministry officials, chief risk officers, actuaries, investment managers and finance managers.
- I developed a good understanding of key Solvency II issues.
- I travelled all around Europe to build contacts and develop stories.
- I made regular use of my French language skills to set up crucial meetings with insurance firms in France.
Job Title: Business Correspondent
Company: Europe Information Service
Description: - EIS is a daily EU news service, which also publishes a printed magazine twice a week.
- During my time there, I was in charge of a number of dossiers, including: competition policy, social policy, financial services, the economy, education, culture and youth policy.
- I worked efficiently under pressure to extremely tight deadlines.
- I eventually settled into the role of business correspondent, writing about the “Lisbon Agenda”, financial services, competition policy, the Euro, and employment.
- Once a month, I edited a specialist EIS bulletin called Europe Information Social. This involved selecting which stories to include in the bulletin, editing these stories, liaising with the layout and printing department, and writing editorials.
Job Title: Journalist
Company: EU Observer
Description: - EUobserver (www.euobserver.com) is an online EU news service.
- Joining shortly after it was launched, I helped to establish it as one of the most widely-read and respected sources of EU news.
- I contributed news and feature stories from Brussels and elsewhere in Europe.
- I wrote press reviews to provide the very latest news and information from around Europe.
- I sub-edited everyone else’s stories.
- I developed an online marketing strategy for the website to help increase readership.
- I occasionally assumed the role of editor, choosing which stories were worth pursuing and deciding which stories went online. In this capacity, I managed a team of correspondents, spread over many countries, to make sure that they were happy covering what I had assigned to them.
Education Summary: Continual courses to improve journalism skills throughout my career.
Journalist / Writer