- Harrogate, GB
- £20 /hr
- Available now
I have worked in media for over ten years and my career encompasses journalism, copywriting, PR and marketing.
I am a trained and experienced b2b journalist specialising in fashion,more...I have worked in media for over ten years and my career encompasses journalism, copywriting, PR and marketing.
I am a trained and experienced b2b journalist specialising in fashion, retail and design. I have edited several publications and managed a small team.
I have experience in copywriting for internal comms, marketing materials and web content plus seo and blog writing.
I have also worked successfully as an advertising executive and PR account handler and am well versed in the core areas of marketing.
Area Covered: I am based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Work Experience Summary: EMPLOYMENT
6/2008 • Present: Freelance Journalist and Copywriter
Specialising in fashion, design and retail, I write for regional consumer titles and trade publications. I also provide a regular copywriting and press release writing service for an independent marketing company called Happy4PR, based in West Yorks.
1/2005 • 6/2008: Editor of Fashion Extras and Childrenswear Buyer magazines
RAS Publishing, The Old Town Hall, Slaithwaite, Nr Huddersfield, W.Yorks, HD9
As Editor of both of these titles for the independent retail sector, I managed a small team of journalists and liaised closely with the sales, marketing and design departments. As editor I was also required to have a front-facing role within the wider industry, working with brand-owners and marketers as well as retailers.
In 2008 I spearheaded the strategic re-launch of Fashion Extras magazine, including a complete name change and re-design.
2/2004 • 1/2005: Senior Account Manager
Grappa media consultancy, Baker Street, London W1.
I managed a wide range of blue chip companies including design consultancy FourIV, WPP’s the Henley Centre and Enterprise IG plus Hawkshead retail, Van Heusen and the Design Business Association. I was responsible for providing media consultancy and offering a comprehensive copywriting resource to our clients, working on their print and web-based collateral and internal communications.
5/2002 • 4/2004: Freelance Business Journalist and Copywriter
As a successful freelance journalist, I undertook regular commissions for a broad section of business titles across retail, marketing, design and leisure including Retail Week, Adline, and FX. With the necessary pro-active attitude towards securing commissions, I drew upon my extensive industry contacts and media relations expertise in order to create opportunities for myself.
8/2000 • 5/2002: Deputy Editor of Retail Interiors magazine
EMAP plc, Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1
As Deputy Editor on this monthly title for the retail industry, I was involved in the entire production process including news and feature writing, sub-editing and proofreading. A confident and resourceful grasp of the industry, its issues and key players, gleaned through continued research and networking, was a pre-requisite for this role.
Throughout my tenure on the magazine, I was also Editor of VM Plus • a bi-annual supplement compiled for the visual merchandising and display industry, which was produced in conjunction with Drapers magazine.
9/1997 • 6/1999 Account Manager, Ammirati Puris Lintas advertising agency, London
Joining as a graduate, I worked on the global accounts; Lever Domestos and Jif, Batchelors CupaSoup and Johnson’s Baby.
Education Summary: 2000: Journalism Training Centre, Mitcham, Surrey
Foundation Skills certificate in Journalism, accredited by the Periodicals Training Council and the NUJ.
1994 • 1997 University of Manchester
BA (Hons) English language and literature (2:1)
1992 • 1994 St John Fisher High School, Harrogate, N.Yorks
A’ Level English literature (A), History (A), Theatre Studies (A)
Journalist and copywriter