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Curriculum Vitae

  • I am a young and dedicated journalist with eight years' professional experience of sub-editing, news editing, reporting and writing.
  • My writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, New Scientist and Daily Mail, among others.
  • I have specialised knowledge of computers and technology - the Internet in particular - but have also worked extensively in the business and medical markets.
  • I am an accomplished interviewer and researcher.
  • I am fluent in most publishing and design software applications and possess a wide knowledge of media law.
  • I have designed, produced and commissioned several supplements in both a magazine and newspaper style.
  • I know HTML and DHTML, and I am learning JavaScript. I have designed and built websites for companies and individuals.

Examples of my work as a journalist can be found in the journalism section of this site. Examples of my Internet work, including websites I have built or am involved with can be found in the Internet section.

Skills

  • Computer software
    (QuarkXpress, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Word, Excel etc.)
  • Commissioning
  • HTML, DHTML, JavaScript
  • Interviewing
  • News editing
  • Page design
  • Reporting
  • Research
  • Sub-editing

Just the job - a rundown of previous employment

  • Freelance
    (December 2001 - present)
    I am working on a range of projects at the moment that I haven't had the time to do in the past few years. These include two books - one on the remarkable story behind the battle for the Internet's most valuable domain, Sex.com, and a book of Internet short stories. I am the news editor for IT news website Techworld, and a regular contributor to The Register. I also write for a wide range of other magazines, websites and newspapers on mostly computers and the Internet or health, with an occasional foray into lifestyle. I am also doing some website design for several small businesses.

  • The Rockall Times
    (November 2001 - August 2003)
    www.therockalltimes.co.uk
    I was the co-owner of and a major contributor to this renowed satire site. Its name comes from the uninhabited volcanic rock - Rockall - which lies 300 miles off the Scottish coast and is the most isolated island in the world. My involvement came to a close after an eventful but failed expedition to climb the rock in the summer of 2003.

  • The Register
    (April 2000 - December 2001)
    www.theregister.co.uk
    The largest IT news website in Europe (with three million monthly readers), I produced four to five stories a day for nearly two years for The Register on all aspects of technology and the Internet. This has given me extensive knowledge of upcoming technology and the culture and politics behind the IT industry, the Internet and the UK government's IT approach.



  • Freelance
    (September 1999 - April 2000)
    In this period, I wrote, reported and/or sub-edited for a range of IT and consumer titles including: Arena, Computeractive, iD, The Register, Softworld, National Heritage Magazine, Ford Magazine and others. I also interviewed numerous famous and influential people, including rock stars, sportsmen, captains of industry and politicians.

  • Contributor, Arena
    (September 1997 - December 1999)
    The original men's magazine, in two years as a contributor I wrote several main features (on planes crashes, sperm, natural disasters), as well as interviews (boxer Nigel Benn, gangster Dave Courteney), reviews, comment pieces and add-ins.

  • Reporter, PC Week
    (June - September 1999)
    A weekly newspaper concerned with cutting-edge computer technology. I reported on consumer products, trade shows, peripherals, government and networking.

  • Sub-editor, Accountancy Age
    (June 1998 - June 1999)
    Independent weekly for the accounting profession. My job involved subbing and laying out features and news pages, picture research, proofreading, flatplanning, headline writing and liaison with reporters. I was also jointly responsible for maintaining the title’s website.

  • Sub-editor, PC Dealer
    (August 1997 - June 1998)
    A leading weekly newspaper for the computer trade. The job employed many of the skills I used later at Accountancy Age including basic subbing skills, laying out pages, proofreading and liason with contributors and reporters.

  • Music Editor, Impact
    (1996 & 1997)
    The University of Nottingham’s student newspaper. I was responsible for a five-page monthly section (on average). The pages covered single, album and gig reviews, interviews, features and competitions.

  • E-UK Enterprises Ltd
    (June - September 1996)
    I worked on all sides of the business, putting my financial knowledge to practical use and perfecting skills on common software packages.

  • Film Editor, Impact
    (1995)
    Similar responsibility as for music editing job but covering the film industry.

Education

  • Nottingham University
    (1993 - 1997)
    MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Management and French.
    Six months spent in Paris

  • Godalming Sixth Form College
    A-levels
    Economics (B); Mathematics (B); Physics (B)

  • RGS Guildford
    GCSE
    Ten subjects studied. All ‘A’ grades. A/O Maths (C)

Interests

  • I am a voracious consumer of films, books and music
  • In a less sedentary fashion, I love running and have taken up Ju-Jitsu
  • The Internet remains a fascination and I follow all aspects of its progress acutely
  • I love photography, and have thousands of pictures of the places I have lived and visited and the people I have met across the world
  • Love cooking too. Although the herb garden is permanently on life support
  • I am simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by politics

Contact Details

You can contact me at either of these two email addresses:

  • kieren at kierenmccarthy.eclipse.co.uk
  • kierenmccarthy at mail.com


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