Tel: + 27 11 726 9296
Mobile: + 27 83 227 2448
Identity number: 6408150185089
University of the Witwatersrand
Bachelor of Primary Education
1985 to 1988
Various journalism and editing courses, the last of which I attended was John Linnegar’s Advanced copy-editing course in 2010
Very good with people, obliging, honest, clear agenda, reliable and punctual, hard working, results driven, good team player, even-tempered under pressure, positive attitude, good attention to detail, willingness to learn, logical and clear writing ability, sense of humour.
March 2008 to present
Freelance editor, newspaper sub-editor, proofreader, writer and
Copywriter, client service on advertising accounts
Main job functions Writing business guides for emerging entrepreneurs,
newspaper subbing, editing fiction, writing rationales and
strategies, plain English writing and advertising
National Institute for Project manager
Occupational Health July 2005 to March 2008
Mine worker health project (silicosis) - development of training
materials for low literacy readers
Main job functions Managing fieldwork research teams, formative research, supervising the development of educational materials including handbooks and the development of videos, from concept to script to the delivery of the final product, liaising with publishers and printers, writing, editing and proofreading scientific reports, editing contributing academics’ reports, reporting regularly to the funder, liaising with training managers on gold mines and coal mines, commissioning outside academic expertise in adult education, setting up workshops and small conferences, arranging delegates and venues, handing finance, reconciling petty cash.
The Citizen newspaper Layout sub-editor
June 2003 to June 2005
Main job functions: Laying out pages and selecting stories for pages according to priority, liaising with the chief sub-editor, reporters and other staff, sub-editing stories to length, crafting punchy headlines and captions within tight deadlines, checking news facts, submitting final pages to production and selecting stories and pasting up for The Citizen website. Frequent reviewer of literary fiction for The Citizen and The Star
Pure Media Pty Ltd Director/client service
(30% shareholder of) June 1994 to May 2003
Main job functions: Client service for several large clients including Airports Company South Africa, Johannesburg International Airport, Eskel Jawitz, Eastern Gauteng Services Council and National Business Initiative on communications campaigns through a range of media, spanning outdoor media, invitations, brochures, in-house and client newsletters, promotional items and a range of corporate documents, interviewing clients’ staff, writing and editing corporate documents and newsletters, writing copy and headlines, supervising suppliers including copywriters, illustrators, designers, typesetters and printers and managing budgets.
Freelance work: Although a director of Pure Media, from 2001 to 2003
I regularly freelanced as a sub-editor at Sowetan, Sunday World, The Star, The Saturday Star and Sunday Independent.
From 1994 to 1997 I was involved in freelance book editing, the major functions of which were rewriting copy into plain English, structural editing and proofreading of school and university textbooks for a variety of clients, including Macmillan and Shuter & Shooter.
Academic commissioning editor
Southern Book Publishers
Academic book publishers
1 January 1993 to May 1994
Main job functions: Canvassing for manuscripts at universities nation-wide,
interviewing lecturers, building up a database of lecturers and the texts used, assessing the financial viability of new projects, negotiating royalties, liaising with potential authors and new authors, writing promotional copy and back cover blurbs and general project management.
School and tertiary book publishers
January 1989 to December 1992
Main job functions: Project managing projects from manuscript stage to the delivery of the final printed product for university and school book markets, liaising with authors, illustrators and production department, writing promotional copy, structural editing, copy editing and in some cases rewriting academic textbooks and school texts from primary to tertiary level and rewriting copy into plain English.
References: 1. Norman Sheppard 082 2705916 (previously The Citizen Chief sub-editor)
2. Estelle Jobson (supervised freelance sub-editing work)
now living in Rome, Italy. Cell: +39 33 84 398012