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Jon Parker

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Full name Jon Parker
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Extensive writing and commissioning experience in business and legal publishing via roles in that sector including as Online Editor at The Lawyer, the leading trade title for the commercial legal sector, Commissioning Editor at Legal Week, and Online Editor at eGaming Review, the leading trade title for the global online gambling industry. A former staff member at The Times, I also write human interest and personal finance features featured in the Guardian, Independent, IoS and Daily Telegraph newspapers; and review restaurants for titles including Square Meal, for whom I have written an entire chapter of the annual guide.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing
Last updated 18-05-2015 11:55

Biography

September - December 2010
Acting Commissioning Editor, Legal Week

- Editing and publishing legal briefings online
- Operating CMS
- Writing weekly 'Editor’s Picks' HTML mail shot


March 2009 – June 2010
Online Editor, eGaming Review

- Edited online news, features and blogs
- Managed reporters, creating ‘newswire’ culture from ‘periodical’ one
- SEO, social media
- Created profile for EGR brand online
- Re-launched site with new web developers
- Commissioned features, interviews, blog posts
- Networking events, lunches, parties
- Increased daily page views from circ.100 to 6000+
- Successfully created culture of UGC, readers posting daily

2008
Online Editor, The Lawyer
- Online news and blog editor
- Commissioned features, special reports
- SEO, social media
- Re-launched site with new web developers
- Wrote daily Lawyer News Daily comment email (51,000 subscribers)
- Wrote daily New on TheLawyer.com column on homepage
- Edited twice-weekly The Lawyer in New York email (67,000 subscribers)
- Moderated reader comments, UGC
- Increased traffic 107% in first year
- Grew Lawyer News Daily email subscriptions from 37,000 to 51,000
- Grew Lawyer in New York email subscriptions from 34,000 to 67,000
- Set up new Litigation Weekly email for recession-boosted litigation market
- Launched local government law conference with events team


2007
Acting News Editor (freelance), Solicitors Journal
- Edited news to weekly and web deadlines
- Worked closely with editor and chief sub
- Wrote magazine leaders

2006
Reporter, The Lawyer
- News-reporting to weekly and web deadlines
- Regular features and interviews
- Monthly commissioning
- Regular features for student title Lawyer 2B

2005
General Election Asst. Reporter, Press Association, London bureau
- Covered 2005 election for PA newswire.

2004
Writer/Researcher, The Times T2
- Researched/wrote daily Verbatim, Home Forum columns
- Researched/edited weekly Parent Forum, Gizmos columns
- Arranged weekly Andrew Billen Interviews

2003
Special Projects Assistant, Independent/Independent on Sunday
- Conducted 60+ celebrity interviews, Review magazine
- Wrote feature, Review magazine Conspiracy edition
- Researched/co-wrote A-Z of Colleges and Universities guide

FREELANCE
- Freelance features (general, business, travel, lifestyle, personal finance, legal) for: Daily Telegraph, European Lawyer, The Guardian, The Lawyer, Horizon (BP Magazine), The Investor (River Publishing), Solicitors Journal
- On-going editing shifts for the Associated Press London bureau.

TRAINING
2004-5 - Print Journalism Pg Dip, City University, London
Postgraduate course in news and features; shorthand (100wpm); media law; sub-editing, government; Quark Express.