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James Morrison

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Full name James Morrison
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
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As a freelance I write on any and every subject about which I find out information that might be of interest to a particular newspaper or magazine. My areas of specialism, however, are the arts, the media, archaeology (a subject I studied for my first degree), British politics, ethical lifestyle issues and, increasingly, parenting (I have two daughters under three). I am also a regular media trainer (training journalists with limited experience in interview techniques and freelancing) for the Periodical Publishers' Association. In addition, I have given media training - focusing on how to pitch effectively to commissioning editors - to European communications managers of the British Council

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09

Biography

I am an experienced print journalist who spent the first decade of my career working as a staff writer/reporter for various newspapers, starting on a local weekly (the North Devon Journal) and progressing through regional dailies to national titles, including the Daily Mail. My last full-time journalism job was as arts and media correspondent of the Independent on Sunday.

Since deciding to go freelance four years ago, I have continued writing for the Independent titles on a regular basis. I have also written for The Guardian (Society, The Review, and the media section), Telegraph Magazine, The Times Educational Supplement, The Literary Review, and numerous magazines, including Junior, Practical Parenting, Museums Journal, Current Archaeology, 8 photography magazine and Sussex Life. I also spent more than a year editing an ethical living magazine covering the south-east, entitled EcoNiche.

As a senior lecturer in Journalism at Kingston University (I work there part-time), I recently published my first textbook, Public Affairs for Journalists (Oxford University Press) - which is the new set text for the local and central government modules on NCTJ journalism training courses/diplomas/MAs.

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