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JOE LEPPER

Experienced journalist and copywriter specialising in the charity, health, social care, housing, music and media industries. Online media skills include: website and community management, search engine optimisation, video and audio editing and social media development.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance journalist, Aug 2003 – Present

Handling features, news writing, supplement and online commissions for publishing clients including: Charity Times, Children and Young People Now, Community Care and PRWeek. Copywriting projects include an inclusion charter for the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign and  Home.co.uk’s housing market guides. Online work includes management of Fantasy Football Scout’s website, social media prescence and community and the launch of music website neonfiller.com.

PRWeek, journalist, Jan 2001 – Aug 2003

Joined as the magazine’s first public sector reporter and promoted to deputy news editor and acting news editor in 2002. Duties included editing, reporting, news desk management and commissioning.

Brighton Argus, reporter, Oct 1998 – May 2000

Worked as a general news reporter and set up a district office covering East Sussex in April 1999. Left to travel in Australia and Asia for six months.

Eastbourne Herald and Gazette series, reporter, May 1997 – Oct 1998

Joined as a news reporter working across four weekly titles. Promoted to chief reporter of the Seaford Gazette in 1997.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Highbury College, Portsmouth, Sept 1996- May 1997

NCTJ  Print Journalism, skills acquired include news gathering, shorthand (100wpm), media law and public affairs.

Brighton College of Technology, Sept 1995 – June 1996

City & Guilds Media Techniques in Print & Radio Journalism (Distinction).

University of Kent, Oct 1990 – June 1993

BA (Hons) Politics and Government (2.1)

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