Freelance profile

Andrew Simpson

I am a freelance journalist, interviewer and subeditor who reports on sport and mental health – usually separately, but increasingly together. My writing has appeared in a broad range of publications, from national and local newspapers to magazines and digital outlets. Self-motivated, adaptable and pragmatic, I switch between telling the story of my hometown’s Olympic champion and another on an octogenarian crown green bowler’s first title. I have developed specialisms several Olympic Games disciplines, including athletics, gymnastics and rowing, as a well as crown green bowls, football, motorsport and rugby union.

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Contact details:

Town: Northwich
Region/nation: North West
Country: United Kingdom
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Mobile: 07500 097255

Skills:

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ReporterRates: Reporter
Feature writerRates: Print media
Subeditor or editorRates: Sub-editing
ProofreaderRates: Sub-editing
ColumnistRates: Print media
Online journalismRates: Online/writing
from the Freelance Fees Guide.

Subjects:

  • Sport
  • Football
  • Health and fitness
  • Media
  • Lifestyle

Major clients:

  • Non-League Paper
  • Cheshire Living
  • Cheshire Police Federation

Profile last updated: 2020-08-24 18:56:27


Extra information:

I worked for 14 years as a senior reporter and sub editor for a range of weekly newspaper titles and associated websites, taking responsibility for all print and digital production.

I have written extensively on a wide range of subject areas, nurturing expertise in football finance as well as public and planning policy connected to sport.

My main achievements in that role were:

  • Gradually changing emphasis of newsgathering so neglected readers were better served, for example introducing comprehensive coverage of crown green bowls and netball
  • Devising, refining and delivering projects tailored to attract new audiences such as collaborating with local school sport partnership for series of monthly features and another to increase visibility of women’s sport
  • Conceiving ideas for print supplement to celebrate town’s first Olympic champion and used contacts nurtured over time to generate stories packed with exclusive material
  • Handling fast-moving and legally-sensitive case of Northwich Victoria FC’s failed administration, providing news, analysis and comment on a highly-complex story while maintaining attention to detail and an ability to explain in clear language

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Freelance journalist, campaigner and podcaster