Rebecca Parsley

Experienced media professional - journalist, writer & social media consultant

Summary

I'm a qualified journalist with more than 20 years' experience in newspapers and magazines, as well as in public, private and corporate sector PR. As well as writing, my work has included editing, managing staff and layout design.
I specialise in producing engaging, well-written and relevant copy for websites, newsletters and blogs, as well as news releases for various media including print and online.
For some years I helped with publicity for the Great Yorkshire Show (the UK's premier annual agricultural show), and current clients include AkzoNobel, a global Fortune 500 company that produces chemicals and coatings. Projects include responsibility for a monthly newsletter for their Car Refinishes business and writing regular features for 'A', a European award-winning business magazine.
I also work for a holiday lettings business, estate agency, hair & beauty salon and other small, privately-owned companies in a number of sectors. In addition I am contracted by several other communications agencies to write blogs and articles for platforms such as LinkedIn Pulse, both for their own purposes and for their clients.

Portfolio

AkzoNobel

www.akzonobel.com

Ongoing work for the Corporate Communications team and a number of their business units. These include writing regular news bulletins for Automotive & Aerospace Coatings as part of their sponsorship of the McLaren Formula 1 team, monthly updates on both safety initiatives and progress of a major capital investment programme and new plant devleopment, and working with their charitable arm, the Community Program, to spread news about the projects it has helped. As an international business they require me to write in language that can be understood by workers at every site they operate around the world.

skills used: Creative Writing, Editing, MS Word, Proofreading, Technical writing , Windows, Wordpress, Content, Content Writing, WRITING

Words & Pictures

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Writing, proofing and subbing magazines and brochures for several major clients, including PriceWaterhouse Coopers, DLA Piper Rudnick and the Skipton Building Society.

skills used: Proofreading, Copywriting, Editing, Content Writing

Northern Echo

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Subbing shifts - designing and proofing pages for this large regional daily in both broadsheet and tabloid format.

skills used: Proofreading, Editing, Quarkxpress

Publicity Plus

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Researching and writing press releases on a wide variety of issues for the company's clients, from a top private girls' school in the north to a Lincolnshire maize farmer.

skills used: Proofreading, Copywriting, Editing, Content Writing

Ackrill Media Group

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Career has been mainly spent with this organisation. During my time there I have been responsible for: writing copy for newspapers and magazines; editing other people's copy; worked as No 2 on busy newsdesk, allocating copy, editing and generally running newsroom; planning content and article placement; liaising with advertising staff to plan commercial features and coverage of stories; designing pages; liaising with photographic department to ensure coverage of assignments.

skills used: Proofreading, Copywriting, Editing, Management, Quarkxpress, Content Writing

Yorkshire Agricultural Society/Publicity

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Involved in researching and writing press releases on all aspects of the Great Yorkshire Show and the YAS's work. Proof releases written by other staff. Distribute to media, both locally and nationally, and persuade them to use the copy. Arrange photo calls and liaise with media to ensure maximum exposure of YAS activities.

skills used: Proofreading, Marketing, Copywriting, Editing, Content Writing

Work Flexibility

Location flexibility

Within United Kingdom.
Would temporarily relocate.
Can telecommute.

Length of contract

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