A highly-experienced journalist with 39 years in the profession.
Extensive production, sub-editing, page design and writing experience.
Computer literate (full InDesign CS5 package installed at home). Qualified proofreader and copy editor.
? Newspaper and brochure/leaflet design to A3, A4 or A5 formats.
? Text sub-editing/copy editing of news, features, advertising features and sport.
? Picture sizing, cropping, scanning, light and colour correcting.
? Writing news, features, advertising features or sport stories.
? Software knowledge of Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign (versions CS2, CS3 and CS5) and InCopy, Atex and Photoshop basics.
? Managing sub-editing teams plus teaching page design disciplines.
? Working under pressure and hitting deadlines.
2010-2012: Freelance sub-editing /design shifts at Hartlepool Mail. Overseeing of quarterly 20-page tabloid publications by journalism students at Teesside University. Giving newspaper sub-editing and design lectures to students using InDesign CS5.
November 1987- 2009: Journalist at Hartlepool Mail in number of newspaper production roles. 1988-1989: News sub editor. 1989-1999: Features sub editor, subsequently chief features sub editor. 1999 to 2009: Head of design. 2009: Sub editing/page design shifts at Hartlepool Mail.
September 1986-November 1987: Freelance sub editor, Shields Gazette, South Shields. Occasionally standing in for sports editor. Sport sub editing shifts on the Northern Echo, Darlington.
May 1973-April 1986: Reporter, sub editor, features editor and finally sports editor, Durham Advertiser Series. Features sub editing shifts on the Northern Echo.
August 1972-May 1973: Reporter Gateshead Post.
1969-70: 7 GCE O-level passes in Maths (grade 6), English Language (1), Chemistry (3), Latin (5), History (5), French (3), Russian (6) at Stockton Grammar School, Stockton-on-Tees.
1971: A level passes in French (grade E), English Literature (B), General Studies (E) at Stockton Grammar School.
1971-1972: Darlington College of Technology National Council of Journalists one-year pre-entry course. Certificate for passes in use of English, shorthand (100% at 100 wpm), law and local government.
Walking, reading, quizzes (attending and compiling) and watching Middlesbrough FC.
Married. Two children, two grandchildren.