News & feature writing
F Words’ Sue Fenton trained as a newspaper reporter, gained the NCTJ Certificate in Newspaper Journalism and spent several years doing news and features on local papers before moving into corporate communications and then the trade press as a news/features writer, sub-editor and editor.
She says: “My early training as a news reporter has proved invaluable for virtually every style of writing. It taught me to get the facts and say what the story is about, cutting out the waffle to get to the point; expressing the information logically and concisely, answering the basic questions of Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
“I enjoy writing features too as they offer room for more detail, more creativity, more insight; and more scope for the writer’s personality to show through.”
We can offer features on all kinds of subjects, from human interest to retailing, from product design to business management. Commissions about personal interests are welcome: the outdoors (hiking and map-reading), family history, songwriting, pets, Green politics/the peace movement.
Sue Fenton has also worked as a freelance sub-editor on two national newspapers and for several B2B and consumer magazine publishing houses. She holds the NVQ in Production Journalism.
She is available for occasional newspaper or magazine subbing shifts.
She says: “I am used to dealing with text of all lengths and on all subjects, to a deadline. I have a meticulous approach to copy, ensuring it reads well, is devoid of horrible typos and grammatical errors, fits the space and conforms to house style.
I can use CMS and InDesign and can provide great references from chief subs.
During 2012/2013 I worked as a casual sub at five different publishers – consumer and trade; print and online. These were UKIP Media, Dorking (transport- and automotive-related magazines), Hello! magazine (celeb, beauty, fashion and lifestyle), Emap (retail and fashion), High50 (beauty, health, culture and lifestyle) and IHS Jane’s (air, marine, navy and defence).
I am skilled in understanding the overall sense of what is being said and expressing this in suitable language and style to suit the audience, without detracting from the writer’s own personal style.