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
Sourcing, researching and writing human rights news stories for publication on the website Amnesty.org. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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, garycrossing.com) and cook.
Available on request