Liv Mitchell : Freelance Editor & Writer

Resumé

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Work phone:   (03) 9534 7747

Summary

Sixteen years in the print and internet media as a writer, editor and author, working in teams and autonomously across diverse industries. Excellent communication skills working with countless interviewees and within editorial teams of up to eight people, as well as liaising with associated departments (art, graphic design, photographic, advertising), and management of contributing writers and information sources.

Writing

Research

Editing

Visual Thinking

Employment History

Date: 2001 – present

Self-employed
Title: Freelance writer, editor, author

Client: BrainLink Foundation Victoria
Edited a 100-page Resource Kit for Carers of Families of People with Acquired Brain Injury, researched and wrote fact sheets on Alzheimer’s Disease and Assessing Complementary Therapies.

Client: Headway Victoria, arbias, Brain Foundation Victoria, ABI Workers’ Forum
Edited six information booklets ranging size from 12 to 28pps on Acquired Brain Injury: Changed Lives Brain Injury Information Kit; Your Guide to Mental Health & ABI; Behaviour Management After ABI; Children and Young People with ABI: A Case Manager’s Guide; Your Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment; Friendship & ABI.

Client: ANZ
Interviewed key stakeholders and team leaders to produce web content for the ANZ’s intranet and video interviews for use in conference presentations.

Client: Australian Davos Connection
Edited conference papers from two major conferences - The Futures Summit and The Leadership Forum - on global issues for the Australian branch of the World Economic Forum.

Client: Morrows Financial Services Pty Ltd
  Researched and wrote a promotional paper on retirement planning.

Client: Fairfax Holdings Ltd
Since 1998, a regular feature writer for The Age newspaper’s Metro, Creative & Media, A3 lifestyle, Travel, IT, education, careers and other sections, Sunday Age Agenda magazine, Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum section, also worked as casual sub-editor on The Age newspaper’s news desk.

Client: MELBOURNEmagazine
Regular contributor of humorous lifestyle columns and feature articles to this glossy magazine.

Client: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd
Have co-authored five Lonely Planet travel guides (Mediterranean Europe, Western Europe, Europe on a Shoestring, Australia, Victoria). Authoring involves extensive pre-trip planning and on-the-road research, managing a tight budget while reorganising, writing and editing copy on tough deadlines.

Client: Pathway Magazine
Regular feature writer for this glossy magazine, targetting the general public and health industry audience, published by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Date: 2000 – 2001

Company: Wishlist Holdings
Title: Editor & Feature writer thelounge.com.au
Duties: Edited thelounge.com.au glossy women’s webzine’s Face & Body and
Relationship channels making them the top two (most-read) channels.
Wrote feature articles across the site and a popular agony aunt column, directly responsible for improving credibility of site content, negotiated free content for channels, organised promotions, uploaded the site weekly using Cold Fusion template, mentored young writers, established procedures for more efficient production.

Date: 1998 – 1999

Company: West Street Productions No 7 – Blue Heelers television drama series
Title: Researcher
Duties: Researched stories for Blue Heelers: how to kill, maim, scam (accurately) and get away with it!  
Provided creative contribution at story meetings, note-taker for story
meetings, provided analysis and critical commentary of scripts in shadow  script editor capacity, produced publicity kits to promote the show locally  and internationally.

Date: 1993 – 1998

Company: David Syme & Co
Title: Editor/journalist, The Age
Duties: Deputy editor and caretaker editor on five lifestyle sections (IT Age,
Green Guide, Fashion, Travel, Tempo).
Feature writer across most sections of the paper and a contributing reviewer for television and travel sections and epicurean publications.

Date: 1990 – 1993

Company: IDG Communications
Title: Melbourne Editor, Computerworld newspaper
Duties: Headhunted from the opposition to head Melbourne office of this Sydney-based company. Responsible for tracking and reporting news, identifying and analysing trends in the Melbourne information technology industry. Travelled overseas as newspaper’s representative at IT conferences.

Date: 1988 – 1990

Company: Computer Publications (An ACP subsidiary)
Title: Business Editor PC Week newspaper
Duties:   Began as an editorial assistant then undertook a one-year, post graduate course at RMIT in Marketing Practice to establish a weekly column on the marketing strategies of the burgeoning information technology industry. Promoted to Business Editor.

Education

Gita International School of Yoga, 2006–2007 Gold Diploma of Yoga Teaching
Gita International School of Yoga, 2003 to present - ongoing spiritual philosophy & esoteric studies
The Age newspaper sub-editor’s Media Law Course (2001)
RMIT, Certificate of Marketing Practice, 1990
Bachelor of Arts degree, 1985, Melbourne University
CAE short-courses – Basic SLR photography, Mind Mapping, Career Planning, Meditation, Bushwalking & Orienteering

Referees

Available on request.

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