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Lessons offered by John
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • Creative writing
  • School support
  • Literacy
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma

Journalist of 18+ years' experience teaching English at all levels and disciplines

Methodology

Experience of teaching 1-2-1 and groups from adult literacy up to speech writing and presentation skills for the United Nations. In a journalism career of more than 18 years I have learned all disciplines and genres. I'm engaging and confident - and can transmit the latter to the pupil.

Background

Experience of teaching adult literacy on a voluntary basis, and also mentoring jothers to enhance their English language ability when I have been in an editorial or Editor-in-Chief position.

Can work with all ages, and all levels of competency. Number of students taught in the last ten years is 100+.

Results have ranged from helping people achieve literacy, helping others with a 15,000 word final dissertation for University and everything in between.

Rates

Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £90
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £175
Lessons offered by John
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • Creative writing
  • School support
  • Literacy
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma

John's CV

I am an NCTJ-qualified editor and communications professional with 18 years of experience. I have an extensive, demonstrable history of creative and conceptual output and am a focused, critical thinker and strategist who is reliable, hard-working and calm under pressure. Disciplines include journalism, copywriting, editing, thought leadership, project management (PM) and broadcasting. Specialities include advising executives on communications delivery, PR, brand image, crisis management, and product launches. My credentials include editing international magazines, conducting global press events, nurturing media relations, international broadcasting, and I am regarded as a reputable writer of executive-level speeches, annual reports, and sector and brand analyses. I also have event management experience, knowledge of CMS software and PM methodologies.

July 2016 to September 2016 EC English Language Centres, St. Julian’s, Malta

Position: Editor-in-Chief (project contract)

I have been contracted for a large seasonal workload and the lack of a permanent EiC. My duties involve overseeing all English Language output from the fourth-largest English Language education organisation globally. Usual editorial tasks from conception to signing-off, delegation, team leadership, multiple project management, stakeholder and media engagement, internal communications and ultimate responsibility for all collateral for public and agency consumption.

March 2011 to present Freelance editing, copywriting, comms, thought leadership, consulting

Freelancing for a number of organisations in EMEA in various communications and consulting roles. Internal and external comms and copywriting (ATL/BTL) for the United Nations, the Qatari Government, Jaidah Group, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Qatar Commercial Bank, Qatar Project Management, Aspire Katara Hospitality, SEDCO (extensive use of WordPress), and numerous others.

Thought leadership and marketing work for ANTA sportswear (China) and QIB; sloganeering, speech writing and ad copy for Qatar Petroleum, Enterprise Qatar, Chevrolet, and Corporate Social Responsibility work for QIB. Also business, news, transport, travel and sports journalism for The Sun, Sunday Herald, Daily Mail, Qatar Happening and others.

I have a very strong knowledge of local and national press with writing, editing and proofing skills gained at numerous employers both past and present – I wrote, subbed and edited the quarterly newsletter of Jaidah Group for four years. Digital experience gained in editing the Jaidah Group website using WordPress and also the same CMS for the Saudi conglomerate SEDCO, whose newsletter is edited digitally (by me) and then stories pulled for hard copy.

I have experience of being able to grasp complex issues and make them more friendly for a layman audience. My experience in media and current affairs is borne out by my having worked for 18 years in this field. My 6+ years of working with numerous PR agencies (Memac Ogilvy, Action PR, etc.) has given me good insight into PR best practice also.

When working for Action PR and Memac Ogilvy I have been an integral part of the team dealing with internal and, in the main, external communications. My work as a journalist has enabled me to understand and build relationships with media and stakeholders.

My strength as a verbal communicator is evidenced by my radio/TV broadcasting experience, and also events compering. I have numerous PDFs of my published work available on request.

Working as a sub-editor, reporter, desk chief and editor has given me a good eye for detail. The ability to correctly prioritise tasks for multiple employers is evidence of my flexibility and ability to deal with constantly-changing demands.

March 2010 to March 2011 Oryx Media WLL, Al-Hilal, Doha, Qatar
My primary duties were focused on the flagship title, Qatar Today, a monthly business/news/feats magazine.

Position: Editor – Qatar Today

All senior editorial duties associated with Qatar’s largest-circulating magazine, including:
* Forward planning, establishing diary and staff responsibilities for the same, also staff mentoring
* Identifying and managing columnists and freelance contributors, ensuring adherence to house style
* All aspects of editorial and production: editing, writing, proofing, design input
* Instigated and contributed to redesign of QT and social media inception/updating. Budgeting responsibilities
* Responsible for output and development of over a dozen journalists, designers and ancillary staff.

September 2008 to March 2010 Freelance editorial, production, broadcasting, copywriting

Working for a range of media outlets in a variety of disciplines: reporting, copywriting (ATL/BTL), production and broadcasting. These included a tech column for Metro US (circ: one million/day), sports reporting for agencies. Live broadcasting for talk107 radio, reporting/subbing shifts for The Sun, Daily Mail and others.

July 2008 to July 2009 Sahara Public Relations, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE
Sahara is a multinational PR agency. It also deals with comms. strategy and publishing of company magazines for its clients. After 9/08, my work for Sahara continued in the UK on a freelance basis.

Position: English Editor

* Editing, writing, copywriting and proof-reading for a trio of corporate magazines. Overseeing staff of three
* PR tasks, incl. media liaison, speech writing, advertising copywriting, commissioning, sales and budgeting

May 2006 to July 2008 7DAYS newspaper, Al Garhoud, Dubai, UAE
7DAYS is a national, daily, English Language newspaper distributed throughout the United Arab Emirates. Its audited circulation is approximately 70,000 copies a day with a readership of approximately 250,000.

Position: Business Editor

* Running the business desk. Overseeing three reporters
* Editing, writing, proof-reading, delegation of business copy. Some design work (Quark)
* Developing PR contacts, advertising liaison, sourcing images, staff development and mentoring
* News Editor/Deputy Editor responsibilities when required as well as sports editorial and reporting.

April 2004 to May 2006 Freelance editorial, reporting, broadcasting, production
Working in a number of disciplines for a variety of employers, including: TEAMtalk.com, The Sun, The Daily Record, The Scottish Daily Mail, De Telegraaf, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

* Reporting, broadcasting, re-writing, proof-reading, breaking stories: sports, news, business, features
* At De Telegraaf, re-writing and investigating regional business stories that were then sold to wires.
February 2000 to April 2004 Scotsman Publications, (formerly of) Barclay House, Edinburgh

The experience I accrued at TEAMtalk.com made a move into print journalism possible. After four years at Barclay House I had experienced a huge range of journalistic disciplines at increasing levels of seniority.

Position: Special projects editorial, production and Scotsman Property editor

* Project management of special supplements (business, sport, features) from concept to sign-off
* Editorial management, budgeting, delegation, commissioning, copywriting (ATL/BTL)
* Editorial cross-publication (Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Evening News): news, sport, business, features
* Head of editorial for Scotsman Property (18 months), responsible for two staff reporters/designers.

August 1998 to February 2000 TEAMtalk.com, Apsley House, Wellington Street, Leeds
Position: Deputy Sports Editor
* Attending and reporting on sporting events. Latterly responsible for team of five junior reporters
* Copywriting and editing copy for publication. Radio reporting (live and in studio) and spot presenting
* First use of CMS software for publication of copy to the web

Other broadcasting experience:
Virgin Radio Sports reporting, live and in studio (1999-2003)
BSkyB Live outside broadcasts for Sky Sports News (1999-2000)
BBC Radio Manchester Live outside broadcasts and studio work (1999-2001)

Academic history:
1994 to 1998 Edinburgh Napier University. BA Business Studies, upper second (2:1)
1990 to 1991 Stevenson College, Edinburgh. Highers: English, Economics, Biology
1984 to 1988 The Schools, Kingsland, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Eight O-Levels

Professional bodies: Member of the National Union of Journalists ● Member of AIPS

Professional qualifications: NCTJ courses ● News and feature writing ● Grammar skills and proof-reading ● Copy editing and design ● Writing and editing in-house publications (all with merit, 2000)

Glasgow Caledonian University – introduction to AVID (2015)
Glasgow Caledonian University – introduction to SEO (2015)

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