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Heather Mclean

Main Details

Full name Heather Mclean
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Technology, communications, mobile and fixed telephony, education, ICT in education, business, any commissions: features/news/case studies/reports/research/media and pr training. Freelance media services within technology, business and education sectors: copy writer, press officer, PR, editor and reporter, media trainer As an editor I run Smart Chimps, my online publication focused on mobile content as the driver for the mobile ecosystem. I also edit and write for a number of publications including E-Forex Magazine, Fierce Wireless, Guardian Education and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). My credits include: Editor of mobile for Comms Business; Editor of Mobile Business; 3G Mobile Broadband; Comms Dealer; Connections NIC EIC; Computer Weekly; The Daily Telegraph’s Digital Life; The Daily Telegraph; The Economist’s Executive Briefing; European Communications; ICT for Education; New Media Age; The Times Online; Total Telecom; TVB Europe; Vision from Futurelab; and have worked on show dailies, GSMA Daily at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and IBC Daily at IBC in Amsterdam. As a freelancer I currently copy edit and run the press office and PR function for a large UK technology distributor, sourcing, writing and distributing press releases, liasing with the press, and writing copy for a large number of brochures for the company, as well as its clients who include Nokia, Samsung, Sony and LG. I have previously carried out similar PR and copy editing functions for a number of companies in similar industries, as well as copy writing and blogging for PR agencies. Additionally, I run McLean Media (www.mclean-media.com), working with clients in media training.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing
Last updated 20-03-2015 10:29

Biography

EMPLOYMENT
August 2002 - present
Freelance media services within technology, business and education sectors: copy writer, press officer, PR, editor and reporter, media trainer
As a freelancer I currently copy edit and run the press office and PR function for a large UK technology distributor, sourcing, writing and distributing press releases, liasing with the press, and writing copy for a large number of brochures for the company, as well as its clients who include Nokia, Samsung, Sony and LG. I have previously carried out similar PR and copy editing functions for a number of companies in similar industries, as well as copy writing and blogging for PR agencies.
As an editor I run Smart Chimps, my online publication focused on mobile content as the driver for the mobile ecosystem. I also edit and write for a number of publications including E-Forex Magazine, Fierce Wireless, Guardian Education and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).
My credits include: Editor of mobile for Comms Business; Editor of Mobile Business; 3G Mobile Broadband; Comms Dealer; Connections NIC EIC; Computer Weekly; The Daily Telegraph’s Digital Life; The Daily Telegraph; The Economist’s Executive Briefing; European Communications; ICT for Education; New Media Age; The Times Online; Total Telecom; TVB Europe; Vision from Futurelab; and have worked on show dailies, GSMA Daily at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and IBC Daily at IBC in Amsterdam.

August 2001- August 2002
silicon.com, online daily business and IT news publication, London
Senior networks reporter
My primary duties were to source and write at least five news stories each day on a broad range of technology topics. I also wrote two news analysis features each month. For silicon.com streaming TV, I produced the Behind The Headlines show where I assembled panels of guests and scripted material for debate and The Gadget Showdown where hi-tech toys were sourced, demonstrated and analysed. I also read the news for silicon’s daily Executive News Summary.

June 2000-August 2001
IT Consultant magazine, monthly IT magazine, London
Assistant editor
At IT Consultant I organised the majority of news and research, plus wrote two features per issue. I learned research techniques and writing and editing to a strict house style.

October-November 1998
FBI Radio, community radio station, Sydney, Australia
Show producer
Restructured FBI’s daily drive-time show to a tighter format, with a new remit for presenters, stonger liaison with publicists and detailed research for interviews.

August-October 1998
Independent Film Maker, monthly magazine, Sydney, Australia
Assistant and reporter
Reviewed film festivals and interviewed film makers. Wrote news and assisted editors.
December 1997-March 1998
Adventure Video Productions, film maker, Auckland, New Zealand
Presenter
Developed and filmed a commercial tourism video on extreme sports in New Zealand.

October 1996
The Argus, national daily newspaper, Cape Town, South Africa
Freelance Journalist
I published a series of articles in connection with a martial arts centre.

June-August 1996
Kiss 100 Radio Station, EMAP dance music radio, London
Editorial Assistant and Reporter
Researched, interviewed, wrote, recorded and edited features, reviews and club listings.

1995-1996
Planet Magazine, student union monthly publication, Middlesex University
Editorial Assistant
I was involved in planning, contents and layout of student paper.

1992-1996
Bucks Herald Newspaper, EMAP Three Counties Newspapers, Aylesbury
Trainee Journalist
Maintained an ongoing relationship with the newspaper.

KEY SKILLS
Fantastic communication and research skills, highly proactive, use initiative, punctual, organised, never miss a deadline, Microsoft Word, clean current driving license.

EDUCATION
Middlesex University, London, UK 1993-1996
BA Honours Writing & Publishing major and Philosophy minor
Upper Second Class Honours degree 2:1
Modules studied included writing for periodicals, writing for radio, media presentation and media ethics. Awarded the Mike Brown Prize at graduation as most outstanding creative scholar.

OTHER INTERESTS
I enjoy the challenge of independent travel. From 1996 to 2000, I travelled around South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand and India. • While away, I worked in a wide variety of jobs, including teaching English as a foreign language in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia and as a chef on a cattle station in Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia.
Through my work as a journalist I have been able to travel to and briefly explore other areas of the world, including: China; Europe; Egypt; Israel; and North America.
At Southern Crane Kungfu I am an instructor for children and adults. I have been training at Southern Crane Kungfu for 10 years, and run the website, including blogs and publicity for the Club. Once or twice a year I go to China to further my studies in kungfu, training in Fujian Province with Masters in Yong Tai Tiger Boxing and Calling White Crane. I also study the South East Asian martial art of Silat.