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Mark Halliwell

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Full name Mark Halliwell
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Sport - football, rugby, cricket, athletics, snooker - all sports reporting undertaken. Sub-editing, page lay out, design and text subbing.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Sub-editing, Radio
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09


Career in journalism

Sunday Independent, Plymouth (September 1989 to July 1992) - Sports writer/sub

My role was to cover Exeter City FC and Torquay United FC, as well as providing a column of local football news every week.
I was also fully involved with the production of the weekly 32-page sport section, laying out and subbing in Quark Xpress.

Evening Herald, Plymouth (August 1992 to April 1997) - Sports/writer sub, later promoted to deputy sports editor

I covered local football but also gained a big interest in snooker, subsequently following the fortunes of Plymouth Argyle, including their play-off final win at Wembley.
In snooker, I covered the Embassy World Championships in 1995, the European Open in Malta and the British Open in Plymouth.
I laid out and subbed sports pages on Quark Xpress.

Citizen, Gloucester (April 1997 to March 2006) - Sports writer/sub, later promoted to deputy sports editor (Nov 1999), then sports editor (June 2000)

I covered Cheltenham Town FC and other sports, and I was in charge of a desk of seven journalists producing the five-edition evening newspaper, which was voted Regional Newspaper of the Year by the Newspaper Society in 2004.
I suggested the idea of a 12-page Young Sport section, which proved very popular, and also instigated our new Sport Monday, 16-page pullout.
I have covered football at all levels, including play-off and FA Trophy finals at Wembley and the Millennium Stadium, cricket, including four one-day finals at Lord’s, and rugby, matches at Gloucester Rugby, and major finals at Twickenham, as well as a plethora of other sports.
I laid out and subbed sports pages on Quark Xpress, and then the Tera system.

Gloucestershire Echo/Citizen, Gloucester (March 2006 to August 2008) - Head of sport

In March 2006, the sports desks of the Citizen and its sister paper the Gloucestershire Echo, based in Cheltenham, were merged, and I was appointed as head of sport for the combined operation, laying out and subbing pages using the Tera system.
I headed up a desk of eight journalists, producing two evening newspapers covering the whole county of Gloucestershire, as well as the website, www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk
I was in charge of the production of a 16-page Monday sports pull-out, and also a Young Sport section which has now been introduced into the two newspapers, with eight pages a week.
We also produced a yearly 24-page supplement previewing the Gold Cup racing festival at Cheltenham.

Freelance work (August 2008-date)

Since leaving the Citizen and Echo, I have covered football for the Western Daily Press and Non-League Paper and rugby for the Rugby Paper.
I have also done subbing shifts with the Western Daily Press (sport), Stroud News and Journal (sport), Gloucestershire Gazette (sport) and Solihull News and Times (news and sport) and South Wales Argus (news and sport) using the Quark Xpress and Tera systems.

I have co-written a book about Cheltenham Town FC, entitled The Rise of the Robins which charted the club’s rise from non-League to Division Two, and was published in 2002.

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