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Freelance Journalist, copywriter, editor Derby, Leicestershire, UK

A creative journalist and copywriter of 10-years standing, adept at delivering words in short bursts for the web or longer pieces for newspaper/magazines. Able to write in a range of styles.

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Hourly Rate / Cost:£21.18 per hour (ex. VAT)
Daily Rate / Cost:£169.41 per day (ex. VAT)
Available From:Now
Candidate ID:362608
: Offers a discounted hourly rate to registered charities

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CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Résumé

Key skills and abilities

• Excellent communication skills - both written and verbal
• SEO, web copywriting, photography and videography skills
• Production experience using Indesign, Photoshop and editing programmes
• Digitally conversant with social media skills
• Great organisational skills, accuracy in record keeping and note taking
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Computing skills – Mac proficient, confident in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and CRM Systems, basic HTML
• Strong interviewing skills; able to establish rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds

Work History

Wheelers Luxury Gifts, Loughborough, UK
Mar 2013 - Present
Web Copywriter/Administrator
• Writing descriptions and copy for the website, and publishing via a CRM system
• Using photoshop to enhance and manipulate images and loading them on to the website
• Choosing key words to assist in search engine optimisation, Google AdWords campaigns
• Writing for the company blog and increasing social media presence on facebook and twitter.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
Dec 12 – Mar 2013
Voluntary Public Relations Officer, Loughborough
• Proactive PR, building case studies for the hospice
• Building relationships with the media, creating media databases, writing for the hospice newsletter
• Marketing support sending out press releases and marketing e-shots, increasing social media presence

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), UK
Feb 12 – Dec 12
Journalist/PR officer in Marketing
• Overseeing production of the in-house journal, writing and researching technical articles
• Copywriting for internal and external events, promotions and newsworthy articles for the website
• Editorial proof reading and sub-editing of articles submitted by contibuters
• PR spokesperson - coverage in the Wall Street Journal and Sky News and trade press
• Building a media and client contacts directory using the client relationship management system
• Updating the institution’s Facebook and Twitter pages according to the social media strategy
• Uploading to the website and providing search terms and metadata
• Supporting the marketing department, creating and sending out mail shots about our events.
• Management of exhibition stands, preparing promotional presentations for conferences
• Interviewing Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander at the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference
• Coverage in the Wall Street Journal and Liberal Democrats Blog
• Turning around a magazine readership demographic from 40-69 to 20-69 within less than a year.

Manta Media, Maldives
Oct 10 – Feb 12
Freelance travel journalist/copywriter
• Writing about the exotic destination of the Maldives for in-flight magazines (portfolio on request)
• Blogging about independent travel around the Maldives
• Copywriting, copy editing and resort reviewing for various resort websites
• Freelancing for Minivan News – The only Independent Newspaper in the Maldives
• I was the first western tourist to travel by cargo ship to southern Maldives and write a book about it
• Uncovering a scandal about healthcare in the Maldives
IBM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jan 09 – Oct 10
Assistant Communications Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
• Researching, writing and publishing and uploading articles, images and video to the web via CRM
• Drafting and editing internal communications and briefings from the CEO and his management team
• Managing content for the corporate website and suggesting changes where necessary
• Web maintenance and development, in particular experience of developing and managing an intranet
• Coordinating webinars using sharepoint and other

• Creating the template and content for an online newsletter and receiving praise from a country manager

Nottingham Evening Post, UK
Apr 08 – Jan 09
Copy subeditor
• Rewriting and rewording copy, correcting grammar and punctuation
• Creating headlines, strap lines and captions
• Spotting legal pitfalls
• Uploading to the web using a CMS system and monitoring online news stories
• Audio typing and subbing podcasts for copy on the main news website.
• Trained inhouse in Northcliffe copy editing techniques

Jane’s Defence Weekly, London, UK
May 06 –Apr 08
Aviation Reporter
• Writing features and business and industry-related news
• Developing strong contacts with RAF personnel of all ranks
• Deputising for the air desk editor in his absence
• Interviewing the Defence Secretary Des Browne
• Attending Farnborough air show and other international events

The Long Eaton Advertiser, Nottingham, UK
Oct 03 – May 06
District News Reporter
• Reporting the news and writing features.
• Attending council meetings court (crown, magistrates and coroner’s court) proceedings
• Obtaining the Trinity Mirror Certificate of Journalism

Voluntary work

Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAF) RAF Halton/High Wycombe, UK
Feb 05 – Feb 2008
7644 Public Relations Squadron, Public Relations Officer (Reserve Forces)
• Attendance of regular training weekends with the RAF
• Multi-media skills training: operating cameras, making short movies, public relations.

Qualifications and Education

Dow Jones Newswire certificate for business journalism (Gained in Dubai) 2008
Trinity Mirror Certificate of Journalism (NCTJ equivalent) 2005
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Shorthand at 70 wpm 2004
Cactus TEFL 2008
University of Lincoln BA (Hons) Journalism and Criminology: 2:2 2003
Dayncourt Comprehensive School A levels English, Media and Psychology 1999
Dayncourt Sixth Form 11 GCSEs – A-C 1997

Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy organising events for charity including; a 101 Mile Canoe Challenge for Breakthrough Cancer plus associated publicity, a tandem skydive for charity and walking on hot coals. While living abroad, I pursued diving as a hobby and became PADI qualified. I am also a keen photographer and enjoy travelling in my spare time.

References available on request

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