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.
|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
- Nonfiction writing
|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.
Mrs Hannah Lambert
Director, The Guardian
14 Emery St, Devon, DE4 7XT
0723 4533 4579
Mr Eric Warden
Editor, High Gear Magazine
75 Antony Rd, Leeds, L80 5JE
0980 5721 8900
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- Creativity: It isn’t fair to assume that an Editor’s job is just about proofreading or improving other people’s work. A much-overlooked attribute of a successful Editor is creativity; the ability to come up with novel ideas, eye-catching headlines and engaging visuals. Your CV should, therefore, hint at your creativity or your ability to “think outside the box” and come up with interesting ideas.
£18.000 – £45.000
Degree and Relevant Work Experience
37+ hours per week
Excellent communication skills to communicate and liaise with colleagues, interviewees, officials, clients and the general public
Having advanced knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software
Preparing a written piece for publication by correcting and modifying the content
Attention to Detail
Ensuring that no “small details” are overlooked when writing or editing an article
Ability to “think outside the box” and come up with novel ideas
Identifying critical and less critical activities and tasks and prioritising accordingly