Joanne Horne
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Joanne Horne

Stringer of sentences and human spellcheckerHaywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Joanne Horne

Stringer of sentences and human spellcheckerHaywards Heath, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a freelance writer and editor specialising in corporate communications and occasionally straying into marketing content. We should work together if you need: 1. Someone who tells great stories; I trained as a journalist so I know how to sniff out a good one. 2. A reliable freelancer; my guilt-inducing Catholic upbringing/perfectionist streak means I won't let you down. 3. Engaging content. I'm not a corner-cutter: I take the time to understand your message, its audience and what you want to achieve - because who wants to write stuff that nobody reads? Not me (not since I stopped keeping a diary anyway). 4. A fresh pair of eyes. We don't always see the red flags in our own work - which is where I come in. Pre-empt the crisis comms and the grovelling media apology and ask me to proofread/copy edit your content; as an outsider, I'll tell you if something isn't reading right. I enjoy working with organisations and teams that value simple, straightforward and honest communications, and particularly those designing innovative solutions to the social and environmental challenges we face. Simple doesn't mean dull: I'll work with you to find creative ways to communicate with impact and help you tell real stories of the difference you make.
Work history
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    Writer, editor and communications professionalSelf Employed
    United KingdomFreelance
    I've been freelancing on and off since 2017 for clients including scarlettabbott, the John Lewis Partnership and ACCA. Now I'm turning my side hustle into a full-time (part-time) career... with the help of The Dots.
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    Social media and communication managerOCS Group
     - Crawley, United KingdomPart Time
    OCS is an essential services provider whose 72,000 people support sectors ranging from healthcare and government to leisure and aviation. Its cleaning and security colleagues keep our world turning. I told the story of who we are, what we do and how we do it in a way that was human and warm. I spoke to internal and external audiences through social media, digital and print. I particularly enjoyed finding creative ways to communicate with impact, from scripting animated videos to enabling the conversations that need to be heard. From developing our presence on LinkedIn with a distinctive tone of voice, to forging relationships based on engagement and trust, I’m proud of what our communications team achieved during my time there. We helped unify our business community by developing more inclusive communications globally and giving a voice to those on the frontline.
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Skills
  • Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Copyediting
  • Social Media Management
  • Internal Communications
  • Corporate Communications
  • Project Management
  • Content Planning
  • Multi-platform Content
  • Journalism
Education
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    NCTJ Diploma in JournalismLeeds Trinity University
     - Leeds, United Kingdom
    I gained a postgraduate diploma in print journalism, as well as an NCTJ, at the end of the 12-month course.
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    BA English and HistoryThe University of Sheffield
     - Sheffield, United Kingdom
    I graduated with a first class honours degree.