I am co-editor of the Freelance, a resource for fellow freelance journalists (www.londonfreelance.org) and joint Chair of NUJ London Freelance Branch. I am news editor of EL Gazette, trade magazine of the English as a Foreign Language teaching industry. My latest book, Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Suffolk is currently in production. I am frequently in the county of Suffolk and write about the county,
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I am a news editor of English language teaching industry trade paper EL Gazette (www.elgazette.com), I have worked with them for 20 years, currently part-time as a freelance.
My duties as editor have included mentoring entry-level journalists who have a first language other than English. I was commissioning editor running a team of freelances. My beat was the English language teaching industry for the entire world – I spent a lot of time on Google India, Google Malta, Google Ireland and Google Canada. I ran the Twitter account @ELGazette. In my time as editor, EL Gazette stories made it into the Guardian (front page), the Sunday Times Ireland edition and Private Eye.
I am deputy editor of the Freelance (www.londonfreelance.org/fl) the NUJ's online and print newsletter for freelance journalists, for which I have learnt to use HTML.
Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Suffolk (CFZ Press, 2017) my latest book, is currently in production after I laid it out myself in Indesign CS3.It features numerous reports of sightings of big cats from across the county of Suffolk, many based on my interviews with eyewitnesses who believe they've seen one. I am BBC Radio Suffolk's "big cat expert" with several appearances on the station to date. Having lived in the region for three years and recently gone freelance, I am curently pitching to East Anglia-based media outlets as well. I am also a Trustee and volunteer of Dunwich Museum in Suffolk, as well as designer and editor of their newsletter Discover Dunwich.
For Pygmy Elephants (CFZ Press, 2011), my previous book, I travelled to Kerala, South India to investigate reports of kallaana, a mystery animal said to be a five-feet (1.5m) tall elephant. It was a crash course in zoology, ecology and paleontology.
I am a regular contributor to Fortean Times (www.forteantimes.com), recently writing features with an East Anglian flavour.
I have worked as a sub-editor for The Independent, BBC Worldwide (BBC History), John Brown Citrus, Book Club Associates and EL Gazette.
I was previously a news researcher for media forward planners Advance Media Information (AMI Ltd), www.amiplan.com
Other specialisations: higher education, language issues in politics, protest, police surveillance, civil liberties, Data Protection Act, English language teaching, strange phenomena, offbeat, forteana, science (zoology, parapsychology) Visited Northern Iraq Spring 2004.
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I also work as an English for Academic Purposes Tutor, teaching English to international students in summer schools – preparing them to start MA courses. I taught at the Langauges Centre of the London School of Economics in summer 2019. I taught at a Brunel University summer school in summer 2018, I was tutor to a class that included students starting MAs in Media and PR.
I studied Periodical Journalism on a postgraduate BTEC course at London College of Printing (now University of the Arts), 1999-2000.Subsequent training includes Investigative Journalism Summer School (CIJ, The City University, July 2009), Promote your book with iMovie videos (Society of Authors, 2016).
I am a fluent Dutch speaker. I've written stories for EL Gazette for which all the sources were in French. I speak rudimentary Turkish, having worked for a year in Istanbul (1989-1990.)
I am joint Chair of NUJ London Freelance Branch and sit on the NUJ's Freelance Industrial Council. I am also a member of the Society of Authors and the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), I previously represented the NUJ on ALCS's Writers' Organisations Advisory Group (WOAG).
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|I have been news editor of EL Gazette, trade magazine of the English language teaching industry, since 2007.|