I work for an agency providing editorial support to the European Commission, including writing and editing articles and reports about a range of subjects.
2017 – present: ESF Success Stories
The European Social Fund (ESF) is funding tens of thousands of projects across the European Union. I write about successful projects, showing the impact of the ESF funding and how the projects are making a real difference to people’s lives.
The brief: to create up to 140 stories a year (each approx 250 words, together with summary text and metadata for the website), from source information sent by the managers of each project. This source material can be anything from a few lines of text to full cost breakdowns and financial analysis, and is usually written by people whose first language is not English.
I very much enjoy turning academic “Euro-speak” into plain English and drawing out the stories of the people who are benefiting from the work.
Read the articles:
Read all the ESF Success Stories on the European Commission website. I wrote the vast majority of these (it’s usually easy to tell if I didn’t!)
Autumn 2018: European Vocational Skills Week
European Vocational Skills Week, hosted by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, aims to raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities available through vocational education and training (VET).
The brief: a series of short articles about VET (topic titles provided by the client) to promote European Vocational Skills Week 2018 in the weeks leading up to the event.
Read the articles:
What is vocational education?
Why host an event for European Vocational Skills Week?
Preparing for the jobs of the future
A brief history of VET
Adult learner stories
VET mythbusting: the facts behind some popular beliefs
Historical figures of VET
November 2017: Turkish-Cypriot Success Stories
I was commissioned to write a series of stories to show the impact of a European aid programme for the Turkish-Cypriot community, covering a range of sectors and focusing on the ways in which people’s lives had been improved. The stories were published as a PDF for use by the European Commission to promote EU funding.
The brief: to create around ten stories (most 600 words, some up to 1000 words) based on transcripts from interviews and project reports, which would show the impact of funding. As well as the usual style guides, I was also given a list of sensitive terms relating to the political situation in Cyprus, with preferred language to use.