Nicole Bittar

Freelance Creative Writer & Editor

Location:Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 Skills
July 2011 to current
News Limited - senior arts/news/features sub-editor and reviewer
° Sub-editing across the national spectrum of publications for News Limited.
° Arts reviewing for opera and ballet for the Play section of the Sunday Herald Sun. 

May 1999 to June 2011
The Age - senior arts/news/features sub-editor
° Specialist sub-editing and proof-reading for arts, Metro section, film, fashion, news,
Sunday Life magazine, features, including A2, and quarterly fashion magazines.
(Genera, Cybergraphics, InDesign and QuarkXPress)
° Columnist for weekly Covet section of former A2, rebranded Life&Style (January
2007 to September 2010); food writer for Epicure; arts, travel and fashion writer.

February 2011 to December 2011
Swinburne University of Technology,
Prahran campus
Student of Film, TV and Digital Media diploma
° Full-time course encompassing film making, screenwriting, multimedia, sound design,
film and TV technology and post-production. During this period, I wrote, cast and directed
three short films.

April 1999 to May 2006
Business Review Weekly - senior business sub-editor 
° Editing; writing headlines, precedes and captions; proof-reading, including final reads;
copy processing. (InDesign and QuarkXPress)

September 1997 to April 1999
Australian Home Beautiful magazine - chief sub-editor 
° Responsible for the text content and editorial development of each issue; delegating,
helping write and refine cover lines, complete proof-reading duties (including dye-lines)
and sub-editing. (QuarkXPress)

December 1996 to September 1997
Phoenix Magazines, Melbourne - associate editor/senior journalist
° Responsible for launching Australian Jeweller, Australia's official jewellery industry
magazine, including cover story concepts and feature articles/sub-editing.
October 1995 to January 1996
Business Now - sub-editor/writer
° Responsible for launching weekly business publication for Fairfax Community
Newspapers, Melbourne.

May 1993 to October 1995?The Canberra Times - arts writer/features sub-editor
° Comprehensive arts writing, sub-editing and layout for arts, fashion, features and real
estate sections.

November 1992 to March 1993
The Newcastle Times - features writer 
° Helped establish newspaper later bought by Fairfax Media; director popular culture, arts
and entertainment stories and restaurant reviews.

January 1992 to November 1992
The Bay Post, NSW south coast - features editor
° Co-ordinating, writing and sub-editing features, including the two biggest features in the
newspaper's history.

January 1990 to November 1991
Cumberland Newspapers, Sydney - travel writer
° Established weekly travel page for The Manly Daily and The North Shore Times, News

January 1987 to December 1989
Follow Me magazine, Sydney - editorial assistant/reporter
° Editorial assignments in fashion department, including coverage of Australian fashion
and styling at fashion shoots.

1999 to current, Fairfax Media - Feature stories, arts reviews and interviews, section
articles, travel features and food writing. 
1997 to current, Editorial services, including web and brochure copy, speechwriting for real estate industry; magazine launches and features for Coles, Woodards, Text Media, Yaffa Publishing (Australian Creative), Tattersalls and the Australian Telemarketing Association. 
2008, The Field, Fairfax Media’s spring racing magazine - style director.
1994 to 1995, The Canberra Times - Regular writer of Arts and Entertainment and More to
Life sections. Also wrote arts diary.
1995, Muse magazine - Arts features and reviews for federal arts "bible".
Skills (2) Rating
Creative Writing