Mr Gary Crossing




I am an organised, inquisitive and motivated journalist with an eye for detail and 20 years’ experience, working both in print and online.

In that time, I have proved myself to be a confident and capable news and feature writer; section editor and sub-editor, while gaining experience in CMS, QuarkXpress, Photoshop, copywriting and social media.

Covering human rights, current affairs, music and entertainment, I have worked for Amnesty International, The Big Issue, The Independent On Sunday, The Guardian, Dotmusic and Music365.

I am now looking to further broaden my experience and hone my skills in a position that will bring new challenges and additional responsibility.


Amnesty International, London                                      February 2008

News writer
Sourcing, researching and writing human rights news stories for publication on the website Editing and uploading news stories using CMS. Sourcing images and preparing them for web with Photoshop. Promoting news stories on Facebook and Twitter. Writing press releases. Editing and uploading blog posts.

The Independent on Sunday Review, London                April 2007 – February 2008

Sub-editing lifestyle features for the magazine using Photoshop. Cropping images, writing headlines.

The Guardian, London                                                    September 2006 – April 2007

Online editor
Preparing pages on the arts section of the Guardian’s website. Writing, sub-editing and posting blogs.

Frukt, London/Wippit, London                                        July 2006 – November 2006

Sub-editor/Online editor
Freelance sub-editor and researcher for Frukt’s website, Music Recommenders. Freelance writer, editor and social media editor for the music download website Wippit.

ACC Decorators, Taunton                                              September 2001 – June 2006

Project manager
Helped to run the family painting and decorating business. Responsible for organizing and supplying up to 30 workers on contracts throughout the south west. Was also responsible for keeping the company’s books. During this time I continued freelance writing for Broadband World magazine and the Yahoo website.

Dotmusic, London                                                          July 2000 – September 2001

Reviews editor
Running the website’s Reviews section. Commissioning a team of writers and photographers. Editing copy and preparing images in Photoshop before publishing online. Building strong relationships with record companies and PR firms. Writing features and reviews. Organising coverage of music festivals.

Music365, London                                                           March 1999 – June 2000

News editor
Sourcing, commissioning and editing music news stories for publication on the Music365 website using CMS. Interviewing rock stars on video. Writing news stories and features. Covering major music festivals.

The Big Issue, London                                                    Nov 1991 – February 1999

Music Editor
Responsible for the magazine’s music pages. Writing reviews, features and interviews. Sourcing images. Building strong relationships with record companies and PR firms.

Further work experience

Freelance work for: BT Vision; Yahoo Launch Music; Broadband World magazine; Revvolution magazine; Record Mirror magazine; Loaded magazine; the Paul Weller A Day At The Races tour programme 1997; More!; Red Pepper and Mojo magazine.


London College of Printing                                            September 1988– August 1990Pre-Entry Periodical Journalism Certificate
HND Business Studies and Finance

Richard Huish College, Taunton                                     September 1981– August 1983 A Level English Literature


Music is a lifelong passion. I collect vinyl records, especially northern soul, Motown and ska 7″s, playing them at my monthly club night, Crawdaddy!. I write for pleasure (on my blog, and cook.


Available on request


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