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Curriculum Vitae

Dawn Gay
07904 187203
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A freelance editor and journalist with 20 years experience with online and print media. I work on a range of consumer, corporate, public sector and broadcast publications creating content, and defining social media and editorial best practice.

Education and training

Goldsmith’s College, University of London
Masters of Arts Degree in Radio Journalism

Oxford Brookes University
BSc (Hons) Degree in Geography & Cartography

Freelance editor and journalist

July 2003 – present

Managing the demands of financial, business and academic stakeholders to deliver projects on time. Projects include:

  • Editor for Purely Global HR/payroll monthly B2B e-magazine
  • London correspondent for Bespoke luxury magazine
  • Writing and editing academic and student content for the Hague University
  • Editor and writer for Visit England
  • Web Editor for Cedar Communications (Tesco Real Food account)
  • Journalist for Weightwatchers website
  • Writing marketing case studies for UBS banking website

Other clients have included: Centigrade, Pearson, Linklaters, UBS, DaimlerCrysler, Mazars.

Google (formerly Frommer’s)

Web and Interactive TV – Senior Producer/Editor
Apr 2006 – present

Key responsibilities

  • Writing copy, interviewing and following editorial briefs for high profile travel websites and clients including Travelsupermarket, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hilton, hotels.com, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Ryan Air, Best Western, Southeastern, KLM, Air New Zealand, Ramada Jarvis and First Great Western

House of Lords

Temporary web editor and freelancer on short-term editorial projects
Dec 2011 – Sept 2012

Key responsibilities

  • Writing and editing Lords’ news output for the parliament.uk website
  • Project managing new House of Lords corporate section of parliament.uk website
  • Writing and editing daily tweets for @UKHouseofLords Twitter feed
  • Working with internal stakeholders to improve House of Lords web content
  • Managing weekly production tasks on Lords section of parliament.uk website
  • Editing House of Lords Information office offline publications and brochures
  • Writing headlines and editing weekly House of Lords What’s On newsletter
  • Working with Episerver CMS

Key achievements

  • Launched new House of Lords branded section on Parliament website
  • Worked on style guidelines and editorial process for Lords news online
  • Improved overall output, quality and style of Twitter feed
  • Redefined Lords news output on website, improving writing style of news

Independent Community Pharmacist Magazine

Pharmacy trade monthly magazine

Freelance journalist
2004 – present

Key responsibilities

  • Delivering monthly 1,500-word features on pharmaceutical industry developments

Key achievements

  • Writing dynamic features, working within pharmaceutical law and writing with accuracy required for medical issues

London Jewellery Week website

Interactive website promoting London jewellery industry

Project manager and editor
Nov 2008 – July 2009

Key responsibilities

  • Creating project brief and timelines for website and bespoke CMS
  • Co-ordinating tender process for design agencies and managing chosen agency
  • Managing Twitter feed and Facebook group
  • Compiling and editing online content
  • Writing blog posts for high profile London jewellery designers


Women’s magazine and community website

Freelance web editor
Nov 2004 – October 2007

Key responsibilities

  • Writing, commissioning and editing content for Health, Relationships, Home and Garden and Food channels
  • Enhancing images with Photoshop and creating image galleries
  • Using Vignette CMS
  • Compiling weekly newsletters


Internet service provider portal

Freelance front-page editor
April 2007 – Sept 2007

Key responsibilities

  • Out-of-hours editor responsible for updating main homepage promo
  • Selecting and enhancing images in Photoshop
  • Publishing via Yahoo CMS

BBC online

Freelance web editor
October 2004 – 2009

Key responsibilities

  • Writing and updating BBC Four website and homepage promos using style sheets
  • Compiling punchy headlines for BBC One TV promos for homepage and loading in Snippet Maker CMS

Sky Active

Sky interactive TV channel

Freelance interactive editor
Aug 2005 – January 2006

Key responsibilities

  • Writing interactive TV features for health channel

Zoological Society of London

Organisation behind London and Whipsnade Zoo

Freelance web project manager
Sept 2004 – July 2005

Key responsibilities

  • Launching and managing new zsl.org website from design brief to live date
  • Project managing London Zoo ticketing and online shop
  • Managing stakeholders from conservationists to scientists and retailers
  • Creating bespoke CMS for website

Key achievements

  • Winner of Visit London Best Website 2005 award and Visit Britain Award Best Website 2006

Discovery Home and Health Channel

Organisation behind London and Whipsnade Zoo

Interactive TV and web editor
March 2001 – March 2003

Key responsibilities

  • Editor-in-chief for Discovery Health Channel’s website

Key achievements

  • Winner of British Interactive Media Association Award


Internet service provider

Web editor, health and travel channel
Aug 2000 – Feb 2001

Key responsibilities

  • Researching, interviewing and writing original copy and special features, commissioning writers, sub-editing

BBC Southern Counties Radio

Social affairs producer
Sep 1998 – Aug 2000

Key responsibilities

  • Launched social affairs unit and produced, wrote and presented hourly bulletins. Ran on-air campaigns and prepared programme material

Freelance journalist based in Singapore

Dec 1997 – July 1998

Key responsibilities

  • Singapore Stringer BBC Radio 5 Live’s Up All Night and Dallyn Worldwide programmes, filing voice reports and two-way interviews
  • Head of year one radio and lecturer in broadcast journalism at Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Writing for Asiaweek Magazine
  • Health editor FHM Magazine

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