Freelance profile

Ben Skelton

I’m a production journalist with 20 years’ print and online experience. I’ve worked for national, regional and local newspapers, current affairs publications such as the New Statesman, trade and business titles, lifestyle magazines including Tatler, GQ and Esquire, and the BMA and National Housing Federation. I currently work as a layout sub at the KM Group in Kent, working with the rolling deadlines of 27 local newspapers. Previously, I helped produce print and digital news at the BMA. I’ve also written for the Observer, Egypt Today, Red Pepper, where I was production editor, New Internationalist and the New Welsh Review.

Contact details:

Street: 19 Cromwell Road
Town: Whitstable
Postcode: CT5 1NW
Region/nation: South East
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: 07967 984570

Skills:

See suggested rates:

Subeditor or editorRates: Sub-editing
DTP skillRates: Print media
Electronic publishingRates: Online/editing
ProofreaderRates: Sub-editing
from the Freelance Fees Guide.

Subjects:

  • Current affairs
  • Environment and conservation
  • Film and theatre
  • Industrial relations
  • Trade unions
  • Politics

Major clients:

  • KM Group
  • New Statesman
  • Condé Nast
  • Property Week
  • Travel Trade Gazette

Profile last updated: 2016-10-06 05:07:55


Extra information:

I’m a production journalist with 20 years’ print and online subbing and writing experience. I’ve worked for national, regional and local newspapers, current affairs publications such as the New Statesman and Red Pepper, trade and business titles, lifestyle magazines including Tatler, GQ and Esquire, the Press Association and membership organisations such as the British Medical Association and National Housing Federation.

For the past three years, I’ve worked at the KM Group in Kent, laying out pages and subbing copy for 27 local newspapers, working with rolling deadlines and liaising with editors and reporters across the county.

Previously, I was deputy chief sub-editor at BMA News, helping to provide print and digital medico-political news for the 150,000 members of the BMA. My duties included: using the content management system Sitecore to publish text, audio and video content online; layout subbing on two newspapers; acting as chief sub permanently on one of those newspapers and its web pages, and doing so whenever required for all print and digital output; using social media to maximise audience engagement; helping to edit a digital newsletter for staff, members and representatives; and managing and training junior and freelance staff.

I was involved in two website relaunches at the BMA. Each necessitated switching to a new content management system. Each time, I was in the first tier of staff to work with the system, and I played a key role in explaining it to others and highlighting possible improvements. I also helped to draft style guides and redesign workflow systems to promote compliance with internet accessibility guidance and to facilitate the move to a digital-first editorial strategy.

Prior to that, I was senior sub at Third Sector, Haymarket’s weekly news magazine and website for charity professionals. And I freelanced for a number of years – working for publications that included the New Statesman, the British Film Institute magazine Sight & Sound, and the current affairs magazine Red Pepper, for whom I acted as production editor and wrote news and features. The other publications I have written for include Egypt Today, the Observer, New Internationalist and the New Welsh Review (http://bit.ly/2droa2L).