- Rugby, GB
- £25 /hr
- Available now
A trained journalist, I have worked in newspapers as a reporter and sub editor, and have been self-employed - working for companies and councils, as a photo-journalist writingmore...A trained journalist, I have worked in newspapers as a reporter and sub editor, and have been self-employed - working for companies and councils, as a photo-journalist writing and distributing press releases, as well as producing dozens of magazines from blank page to print-ready.
Area Covered: Home-based, Warwickshire or Northamptonshire
Work Experience Summary: JANE ADAMS
My top 10 skills:
Page design using Quark or InDesign; editing copy for print or web publications; Sourcing and writing press releases; Adobe Photoshop picture manipulation; Atex Content Management System with InDesign user; Interviewing people for editorial/case studies; proofreading for accuracy/grammar/spelling; internet research; adapting quickly to new software and work practices; working well under pressure.
Currently: Due to a change in working practice I have (along with the other sub editors) just been made redundant by Northamptonshire Newspapers, where I have been involved in newspaper page layout and sub-editing using Atex Content Management System with InDesign, (and previously Quark Xpress) at Northampton.
’· The job involved editing, page design, writing headlines and standfirsts, dealing with photographs in Photoshop (cutouts, enhancement etc), proofreading, uploading stories and pictures to website. In the Northampton sub hub’ we looked after the production of 2 daily papers and 7 weekly papers, having been centralised’ to Northampton in April 2009 from our district newspaper offices.
My district office was at Leamington where I was designing and sub-editing pages for the Leamington Courier, Warwick Courier, Kenilworth Weekly News and Choice Magazine. I joined the Courier as a page designer/sub editor in 2005.
’· In 2007 the Leamington Courier won the JP Newspaper of the Year award (from more than 300 papers) and I was nominated for the Midlands Page Designer of the Year award.
Can work remotely
I can work within a 20-mile radius of my Rugby home or can work remotely. My home office is set up with the Adobe Master Collection CS4 suite (inc Photoshop & InDesign) on PC, Quark Xpress, Word for Windows.
Overview of career so far:
On leaving school I was NCTJ trained as a journalist on a weekly paper in Milton Keynes and worked as a news reporter for about 15 years on weekly and evening papers (details below).
When I was bringing up my children I elected to give up full-time work and take on a freelance role, undertaking part-time journalistic work to give me more flexible working hours, working from home. Once both children were at school I decided to make a proper business of being a self-employed photo journalist and press officer.
My first contract • which was to last 16 years • was as the retained Press Officer for a firm of midland chartered surveyors, Howkins & Harrison, where my brief was to raise the company’s profile by getting their name into the news pages of local/regional/national papers.
I did a similar retained Press Officer’ job for Daventry District Council, Intec Business Colleges, Rugby Cattle Market, a Leicestershire management training company, a Warwick firm of osteopaths and MP Bio Science health supplement manufacturers in Derbyshire.
In this Press Officer capacity I kept in contact with different departments within the organisations in order to draw out interesting information that would make a news story. I would also endeavour to provide photographs to accompany the story. I would then target my press release and pictures at various newspapers and magazines. I had built up contacts at a good number of publications. With my solid newspaper background I do know what editors are looking for in a news story and had a lot of success in getting stories placed because of this.
Company and council magazines
At the same time as the Press Officer work I was being contracted to produce company and council magazines and newsletters on a regular basis for these same companies, co-ordinating all of these projects from black page to print-ready stage. I really enjoyed this aspect of my work and I have never missed a deadline.
I produced magazines for the following organisations and councils:
’· Daventry District Council: Between 1993 and 2001 I produced more than 30 “Daventry Calling” quarterly council magazines, usually 16 or 20 pages, from blank page to print, which was delivered to every household in the district (population 73,000). This job involved sourcing and collating content, rewriting copy to journalistic style, taking photographs, page design, liaising with printers and co-ordinating the whole magazine project to the time of print.
’· Rugby Borough Council: I wrote the editorial copy for the final four editions of “Rugby Borough News” in 2004-5. Training Companies: Intec Business Colleges NVQ training company, which had 7 colleges in the UK - for about 10 years I produced regular press releases/pix for Intec as well as a yearly magazine. Exponential, Leicestershire management training company: I produced quite a lot of case studies for Exponential, as well as press releases/pix and yearly glossy magazines. I also produced in-house magazines for chartered surveyors Howkins and Harrison.
Jobs Front Magazine - For about 2 years I wrote and designed 3 pages of jobs/employment news and information every week for a midlands jobs magazine.
Case studies and copywriting
I have also written a lot of case studies and have written many advertising features for newspapers for many different types of company.
Page designer and sub editor
One part of my freelance work that I very much enjoyed was the magazine page design and I thought I’d like to get better at it. In September 2005 I was offered a job as a page designer/sub editor on the Leamington Courier Series and took it.
I was one of a team of four subs - editing stories, writing headlines and designing (from blank page) around 80 news and features pages every week as well as the glossy Choice magazine. I was also involved in uploading stories and pictures onto the paper’s website, blogging on occasions, as well as updating information sections of the site each week.
I completed a training course specifically looking at search engine optimisation (SEO), how to present editorial on websites in order to attract the most hits’.
For the last 12 months I have been part of a hub’ of sub editors within Johnston Press at Northampton, looking after the production of 2 daily papers and 7 weeklies, and have been very happy there. On many occasions I have had the responsibility of being the lead sub editor or product manager in charge of an edition of one of the weekly or evening papers, a responsibility that I very much enjoyed.
Up until the end of November 2009 we used Quark Xpress for page design and Photoshop for manipulating photographs (cutouts, enhancement etc), then after training we began working on an Atex Content Management System using Adobe In Design and Photoshop.
WORKING BACKGROUND: -
Sept 2005 • present Sub Editor/page designer Johnston Press
1989 - 2005 Journalist & Press Officer Self employed
1983 - 1985 District news editor, Daventry: Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Previously worked as Staff Reporter Coventry Evening Telegraph, Staff Reporter Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Women’s Editor: Eastbourne Gazette & Herald, Junior and Staff Reporter: Milton Keynes Express.
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