I am a talented, creative and experienced Editor with a strong passion for words and images, and producing engaging content for print, the web and social media. I have worked on a number of different magazines and websites both in a freelance capacity and as an employed member of the editorial team. My duties included, but were not limited to, creating news stories, writing feature articles, proofreading and editing existing content, sourcing images, conducting interviews and commissioning content. I firmly believe that my first class degree in English Literature, my MA in Creative Writing and my relevant work experience in the field hold me in good stead to become a great asset to your organisation.
Graduated with a First Class Honours degree in BA English Literature
Awarded the “BBC National Short Stories Award” in 2015
2008 – 2009
MA in Creative Writing
The University of Manchester
Grade achieved: [67% overall]
Forms of Writing
Editing as Collaborative Practice
2005 – 2008
BA (Hons) in English Literature
University of Swansea
Grade achieved: [1st Class]
Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
2003 – 2005 Results: English: A Science: B Maths: B
Peak District College
Jan 2011 – Present
Editor (web) The Guardian
Main duties performed:
Suggesting stories and generating headlines
Selecting, sourcing and producing high-quality content for the website
Using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader to track changes for the editorial team and client feedback
Correcting grammatical mistakes, subject-verb agreement and syntax
Reviewing every story before sending it for approval
Overseeing the overall layout (style, structure, etc.) of particular pages on the website, and deciding which stories and images should feature prominently
Sourcing images from a variety of primary and secondary sources
Uploading images and other digital materials to the CMS
Using Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques to ensure that the stories rank high in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs)
Brainstorming ideas with fellow Editors and Senior Content Managers
Using social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to boost the profile of the website and engage with target audiences
Setting publication standards
Booking rooms, organising meetings and conducting interviews
Recruiting and managing content producers and reporters
Sept 2009 – Dec 2010
Writer High Gear Magazine
Main duties performed:
Received briefs from Editor detailing topic, writing style and word count
Reviewed the latest cars and their specifications
Complied with media law and other ethical guidelines
Performed general admin duties including making phone calls, photocopying, filing and scanning documents
Level 3 Advanced Editing – Society for Editors and Proofreaders (2015)
Microsoft Office Specialist – Expert (2009)
Journalism: I am experienced in developing engaging content and using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to engage and interact with audiences.
Competent typist: Able to type at 72 words per minute with 99% accuracy.
Attention to detail: Able to spot even the tiniest typographical error while skimming through numerous articles on a daily basis.
Technical skills: I am proficient in various computer programs and systems, including Adobe Photoshop, MS Office, Quark Xpress, InDesign and various Content Management Systems such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal.
Hobbies and interests
In my spare time, I enjoy long walks on the beach and playing football with my associates. Additionally, I like blogging about various topics that are close to my heart, including business, health and fitness and current affairs.
Mr Eric Warden Editor, High Gear Magazine Address: 75 Antony Rd, Leeds, L80 5JE Tel: 0980 5721 8900 Email:[email protected]
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