Freelance editor and journalist


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Barry Collins is available for freelance editing, writing or editorial consultancy. He has 15 years of experience working on national newspapers, websites and magazines.

Career highlights to date: 

  • Editor of PC Pro magazine and website – the country’s biggest selling monthly computing magazine with more than a million unique website visitors per month
  • Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday websites – part of the team that launched what has become the world’s biggest online news site, providing live coverage of events such as the July 7 bombings of London, the 2005 Ashes series and Euro 2004
  • Assitant Editor and columnist for The Sunday Times technology section Doors – part of the launch team of the newspaper’s first dedicated tech supplement
  • Numerous national television and radio appearances as a technology pundit – BBC Newsnight, ITV News at Ten, BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky News and more
  • Acting editor of Computing Which? – maternity-leave cover for the consumer watchdog’s technology title, with more than 125,000 subscribers

(Full details of career to date can be found on Barry Collins’ LinkedIn profile)

 

Skills and achievements:

  • Magazine and website launches – part of three major launches/relaunches, including The Sunday Times’ Doors section, the Daily Mail website and the relaunch of the PC Pro website
  •  Feature writing – written, edited and commissioned features on a variety of topics, ranging from iconic Olympic athletes, to the health benefits of  eating chocolate, to spending a week in the online world of Second Life
  • Live news and sports coverage –  online reporting and editing of events including the July 7 bombings, England football/cricket matches, Apple product launches, and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
  • Column writing – incisive opinion columns for The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail website, PC Pro, Computing Which? and others
  • SEO and web analytics – good working knowledge of search-engine optimisation techniques to boost traffic to key stories, and web analytics packages such as Google Analytics, Omniture and Chartbeat
  • Social networking – several years of building audience engagement through social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+
  • Web CMSes and tools – familiar with several different web CMSes, including WordPress and Drupal, as well as various online video, infographic and presentation tools
  • App creation – experience of editing content and steering design of apps for iPad/iPhone, Android and Windows 8
  • Video and radio presenting – host of the PC Pro podcast for three years and numerous types of  video presentation

Contact Barry using the form below or by calling 07834 468821: