Freelance editor...Freelance journalist...
- Award-winning journalist + editor, web editor, writer, + media/public relations consultant
I am an experienced Midlands-based editor and journalist, contributing news and features to the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, New Statesman, Panorama, Sunday Times, Times Education Supplement, Daily Mail, Times Higher Education Supplement, Nursing Times, Woman's Own, Community Care, The Big Issue in the North, and trade magazines.
I cover all topics, but specialist areas include mental health, health, social affairs, public sector, disability, social services, education, psychology, psychiatry, and Italy
To view examples of my published work you can access a portfolio of news and features I have written for the Guardian. Go to the 'archive search' facility of the Guardian's website, and input "Adam James" as keywords (include inverted commas)
For a full portfolio please contact me on + or .
Award-winning: I was awarded Mind Journalist of the Year 2001 for my coverage of mental health issues.
"Spying on the psychiatrists", a profile of a clinical psychologist in Guardian Society and "Highs and lows" on a teacher who for 30 years managed manic depression in The Times Education Supplement received particular acclaim.
Judges praised my "in depth knowledge" and said I had "that rarest of gifts for conveying the most complex issues through the lives and words of real people".
Production: I have co-ordinated and managed full editorial production for Jobs4Nurses, a bi-monthly newspaper for nurses. I was also founding editor of the Dewsbury Post, a monthly regional newspaper. I established and managed a team of seven journalists, photographers and subeditors.
Web editor: I am founding and managing editor of psychminded.co.uk, an online resource for professionals working in mental health. I have a familiarity with all aspects of web publishing.
Media/public relations: The Manchester offices of the public relations firm Staniforth Ltd have called me up to work on a marketing campaign for their client, the North West Development Agency, a body responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of the north west.
I also act as a Press Consultant for the national charity Guidestar UK
Whether it be producing press releases, case studies, or features; or handling media relations, strategic planning or media training I have that all important inside knowledge of the media industry.
Subediting: I subedit for a national newspaper based in the north west. I have all the skills of a first class sub editor.
News editor: I am news editor for OpenMind magazine, published by Mind, a leading mental health charity.
Author: I am the author of 'Raising Our Voices', an account of the Hearing Voices Network, a mental health service user-led initiative challenging dominant understandings and treatment of people diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Manuscript editing: I copy edit manuscripts for authors and writers, ensuring 100% accuracy in grammar and spelling. The copy-editing process also involves advice on writing style, and flagging up inconsistencies, contradictions and factual concerns.
Trainer: I have acted as freelance trainer with the London-based Media Diversity Institute which organises workshops for journalists in areas of conflict. Most recently I have co-run a three day workshop in Nagorno-Karabakh, the enclave bordering Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Photography: I also head the Midlands-based photography service springupphotography.co.uk
Contact: To discuss commissions, rates and enquiries, or if you have possible news story/feature ideas I can be contacted on , or
Copyright (C) Adam James, 2006