I am a UK-trained reporter and sub editor now living in Auckland, New Zealand. I have worked for eight years for The Guardian Media Group and then Trinity Mirror.

As a sub editor I have used both InDesign and Quark X Press, on tabloid and broadsheet pages. I have a confident command of English, a keen eye for mistakes, and write engaging headlines, subheads and standfirsts. I was trained at the Press Association in London by Peter Sands, who coaches sub editors at the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sun.

I have experience reporting courts and crime, politics, health, business, off-diary stories, sport, and green issues, and have written features on most topics.

My travel and mountain biking blog can be read at mrcolinparker.wordpress.com.

As a small aside, I am part of a four-man crew that next year will attempt to become the first to row the Pacific from California to Hawai’i. Visit us at www.pacificrowers.com.

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