- London, GB
- £7 /hr
- Available now
I am an NCE-qualified senior writer and news/copy editor with nine years\' experience as a journalist for B2B/trade and consumer publications (magazine, website and newspaper);more...I am an NCE-qualified senior writer and news/copy editor with nine years\' experience as a journalist for B2B/trade and consumer publications (magazine, website and newspaper); in print and online.
I have extensive experience of writing all kinds of news, features and comment pieces for a national publication, as well as short, sharp copy and analysis based on complicated reports. Areas of expertise include health and safety, pay and working conditions, sports profile stories, career pieces, English and classical literature, as well as specialist knowledge of crime and policing.
I have a proven track record of creating headlines, cover lines, picture captions and news bites for e-bulletins. I am also used to subbing and re-writing copy to any required style.
Other experience includes re-writing promotional events/brochure material, press and PR experience for The White Company, theatre and art exhibition reviews, copy writing for lifestyle magazines about days out and dining out.
I have also written for Square Meal\'s Venues & Events magazine, and the Police Federation magazine (a national staff association magazine).
I also have experience of writing a travel blog about South America and a real interest and understanding of anything to do with travel, food, cooking, literature, lifestyle, homes & interiors.
Other skills include extensive experience of every aspect of magazine production - from copy and picture editing, to commissioning, proofing, layout and design.
Other services include good sourcing skills for finding pictures on all picture agency websites.
Experience of content management systems (CMS) and Photoshop. English and classical literature graduate with very good research skills and an exceptional eye for detail.
I also have a very creative eye and am an artistic person who paints, makes hand-made greetings card and has designed the book cover and back sleeve of a published political book.
Area Covered: London, Sussex, Surrey
Work Experience Summary: Freelance journalist
Oct 2009 to current
I was employed on a freelance basis back at Police Review (until the end of May 2010) while waiting to find work in a more creative industry. I was responsible for similar activities including writing exclusive news and features, editing in-house and commissioned news and features, commissioning external authors, proofing all sections of the magazine.
I have also since written for Square Meal\'s Venues & Events magazine as well as a national staff association magazine.
Oct 2008 - Oct 2009
Extensive travel around South America, took up painting professionally and did a picture framing course.
News Editor/ Senior Reporter
Police Review, Jane\'s Information Group (IHS)
August 2004- October 2008
I worked for more than four years on the company\'s most prestigious weekly magazine title, which has an 85,000-strong national readership and is the market leader. I have managed teams of reporters, am used to taking charge of the print and online weekly news agendas, have been heavily involved in all aspects of magazine production and worked very closely with the art editor to give the magazine a real creative edge.
Soon after joining, my role swiftly developed from senior reporting (writing and proofing) to one also focusing on copy editing, commissioning, layout and design, planning each issue, as well as the future development of the magazine and website.
I reported directly to the editor and was also acting news editor for almost a year - during which time around 40% of my week was spent writing exclusive news and features and 60% on managerial duties including news editing, managing copy flow, proofing and commissioning. But I also frequently spent weeks working only on the news editing/managerial side.
Responsible for directing weekly news agenda and producing/managing online content and cover lines
Sole responsibility for sourcing, commissioning, picking and managing the budget for all news pictures
Made decisions on final layout and look of news pages alongside the art editor
Lead reporter on exclusive interviews and news stories
Regular reviewer, features and comment piece writer with lead role in feature-planning and design
Frequently acted as the face of the magazine at high profile conferences and events, regularly networking with top industry figures, including senior politicians (e.g. home secretaries)
Extensive experience of briefing photographers for a wide range of photo shoots and commissioning copy
Developed strong relationships with the advertising department to maximise ad/editorial opportunities
Always had an eye on ways to boost circulation figures and new hooks to gain subscriptions, including campaigns and surveys
Sevenoaks Chronicle, Northcliffe September 2001-August 2004
Subbed news and features for busy weekly newspaper
Regular leaders\' writer to stir up debate
Sole responsibility for subbing, managing and producing all news for additional weekly freebie newspaper
Ensured editorial, photographic and advertising departments met deadlines
Dealt with reader complaints
Duties included off-diary news and features for newspaper\'s main edition -including celebrity interviews such as Dame Judi Dench
Later moved on to district reporting, with sole responsibility for a separate edition
Frequently wrote copy for stand-alone and supplementary lifestyle and food titles, including Dining Out, Days Out and Today magazines
Art exhibition and theatre reviews for newspaper\'s lifestyle/arts section
Acting chief reporter
PR and admin work for The White Company, August 1999, which included taking over the press and PR officerÃƒ’¢ï’¿’½ï’¿’½s role for a fortnight and dealing with enquiries for photo shoots etc from leading consumer magazines
PA and editorial work for ice-based events company, Adventure!, run by Olympic athlete Nicky Slater, July 1999, which included taking charge of copy editing and proofing the latest 200-plus page events material and working through the final stages alone with the printers
Designed front and back covers of political book, published in 1998
Education Summary: Professional news editing and proofreading courses 2005
NCE (including sound law knowledge such as libel and copyright) 2004
NCTJ (including honours marks) 2002
100wpm shorthand 2002
BA (Hons) in English and Classical Literature (high 2:1) 1998 - 2001
3 A Levels, (all grade A including English and Art), 9 GCSEs (all A* to B) 1992-1997
Senior writer, news/copy editor, proofreader