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Joseph Millis

Main Details

Full name Joseph Millis
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Middle East politics and social issues, British politics, sport, cycling

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing, Picture editing
Last updated 24-07-2017 14:51

Biography

Joseph Millis

1d, Court Lane, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7DH

07980 573160, rojoebentoby@gmail.com

An award-winning journalist with extensive experience in print and web-based

dailies, weeklies and monthlies, such as the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Observer,

Daily Express, Jewish Chronicle and Standpoint magazine. A published author

commissioned to write Jerusalem: The Illustrated History of the Holy City (Andre

Deutsch). Praised for accuracy, reliability and can-do attitude.

 Created and implemented an online presence for the Jewish Chronicle, winning three

national newspaper awards, the Weekly National Newspaper on the Web, in three years

 Commissioned to write within two months a 60,000-word book on the history of

Jerusalem. Sold 2,000 copies within the first three weeks of publication.

 Brought into the Daily Express/Daily Star to show that the papers could be produced

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy and

Dreamweaver, as well as in QuarkXpress and HTML-Kit

Freelance Journalist 2006-2015

 Currently doing regular shift work as Deputy Night Editor on City A.M. and as a casual

sub-editor on the News and Business desks of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph

 Adapted to the editorial styles and Content Management Systems of the Guardian and

 Worked shifts, including unsocial hours, at the Guardian and the Observer

 Editing and writing for B2B publications, such as Harper’s Wines and Spirits and Drapers,

and River Group’s DARE, Scent and Healthy magazines.

Foreign Editor Jewish News 2011- 2012

 Brought in a lighter, tighter style of writing and editing

 Created a style book in the absence of an existing one

 Wrote up to eight articles a week

 Helped editor with on-page editing when deadlines loomed

 Wrote editorials and leaders most weeks
Chief Sub-Editor Standpoint Magazine 2008- 2011

 Helped to compile the monthly magazine’s first style guide

 Devised the production procedure

 Edited articles from high politics to low culture and everything in between

Jewish Chronicle/the JC.com 1987-2006

 Called in by leading broadcasters, including CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, Sky News and

Channel 4 to analyse and to comment on Middle East events

 Brought back from Israel to set up the Jewish Chronicle's website, theJC.com

 Set target of six months to get the website up and running, achieved in four

 Persuaded the editor and managing director of the Jewish Chronicle to change the

agreed design because the one decided on looked clunky and old-fashioned

 Turned the website into a 24/7 news service with instant, updated reports

 Pushed for and succeeded in being first non-Israeli/non-American journalist to be

granted interview with the then Prime Minister Ehud Barak

 Interviewed leading Israeli and Palestinian decision-makers

 Wrote colour pieces on the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem and Israeli

football internationals, as well as human interest stories

Voluntary Work

Part of the Overseas Project Team of Tzedek, a UK-based charity which aims to provide a

Jewish response to extreme poverty. Role includes monitoring grant applications from start to

finish to ensure that they are feasible, sustainable and will help the people in poverty-stricken

areas

Education

Studying for a Law degree at the Open University

Diploma in Web Design and Development at Birkbeck University, London

BA in Middle East Studies and General History at Tel Aviv University

Interests/Languages

o Cycling – three or four long-distance (upwards of 50 miles) charity rides a year, as well

as cycling to work where possible

o Reading, particularly thrillers/crime novels and philosophy and history books