CHRISTOPHER DAVID PRIESTMAN

E-mail: priestmanchris@gmail.com

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/chris-priestman/24/969/70/

Creative writer and reliable editor with years of experience working on multifaceted digital and print projects.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Features Writer and Editor | Freelance | 2010 – Present

  • Regularly contribute to websites and magazines as feature writer
  • Publications include: Edge Magazine, The Guardian, GameSpot, The Atlantic, Eurogamer, VICE, Kotaku, Gamasutra
  • Attend events around Europe and the US as a speaker and reporter
  • Also produced, co-host, and edited a weekly podcast

Associate Editor | Heterotopias | January 2019 – Present

  • Work closely with writers to develop feature ideas
  • Edit and proofread all written copy in digital magazine
  • Assist with image choice and placement in magazine
  • Write press releases for each issue and distribute to reporters
  • Arrange for magazine’s promotion on digital storefronts

Conceptual Copywriter | Network N | January 2019 – May 2019

  • Conceptualise and pitch ideas for integrated marketing projects
  • Meet with clients to discuss creative ideas and tailor as needed
  • Develop a thorough understanding of different target audiences
  • Produce individual campaign tactics across email, web, social
  • Research and write high-quality copy for multi-channel campaigns
  • Develop and direct video content that drives interest
  • Ensure proper usage of each brand voice and style
  • Provide intelligent input on artwork and visual direction
  • Manage online communities as the brand voice
  • Represent brands at press and community events
  • Review analytics to optimise content and feedback to clients

Production Editor | Network N | May 2017 – May 2019

  • Ensure all published content adheres to style guide and tone
  • Use analytics to track site progress and develop content strategy
  • Increase efficiency and quality of content production
  • Manage and coordinate team members and resources
  • Direct editorial campaigns with journalists and PR
  • Oversee social media content to ensure quality and optimisation
  • Ensure SEO best practice to maximise traffic – keywords, adwords
  • Organise regular product giveaways to increase audience
  • Write the weekly newsletter and attract more subscribers
  • Tailor and optimise web content with HTML skills

Web Editor | Kill Screen | February 2014 – January 2017

  • Develop and manage the website’s annual content strategy
  • Track analytics and optimise website to increase traffic
  • Manage in-house staff to deliver sponsored editorial
  • Recruit and train freelance writers to publication’s standards
  • Write articles daily and edit all other Kill Screen web content
  • Promote web content across social media
  • Create promotional materials for Kill Screen’s annual events

Writer | Siliconera | August 2014 – February 2016

  • Write daily news on indie games, game mods, MMOs, Japanese culture, internet culture, and mobile games
  • Provide an interview with a game creator once a week

News Writer | Pocket Gamer | August 2013 – December 2015

  • Write up all news content for the website during the afternoon shift (1 – 5pm)
  • Write listicles, interviews, and opinion pieces that appeal to mobile game consumers
  • Attend Steel Media events (PG Connects, Big Indie Pitch) as reporter and judge

Narrative Designer | Sumom Games | August 2012 – March 2014

  • Write narrative and dialogue for sci-fi shoot ’em up PC game, Humans Must Answer
  • Act as creative consultant on Humans Must Answer during development
  • Contact major press outlets with press releases, interviews, and development videos
  • Single-handedly launch and maintain a successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Speak to major online distributors in order to secure release platforms

Editor in Chief | Indie Statik | November 2012 – January 2014

  • Research and write stories on indie game developers and communities
  • Write reviews, previews, guides, features and news on indie games and developers
  • Produce and co-host a weekly podcast
  • Attend key gaming events around Europe
  • Tailor website with basic PHP and HTML skills
  • Use Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit and YouTube to promote articles

Editor in Chief | The Indie Game Magazine | December 2011 – July 2012

  • Write daily news for indie game fans
  • Establish and maintain communication with various business and PR contacts
  • Recruit staff and delegate them appropriate assignments
  • Edit articles and train other editors to maintain brand style, form, and expectations
  • Collect and edit submissions to IGM’s monthly digital magazine

EDUCATION

2007 – 10     BA (Hons) Film Studies – University of Portsmouth

Degree classification 2:1

Degree focused on academic approaches to film and cinema. Subjects included: Politics and Culture of 20th Century America; Global Concerns of Representation and Identity; Problems and Challenges of the Information Age; Post-modern Concepts in Art; Producing and Making Short Films; Analysing British Culture and its Representation; The Public and Private Spheres; Cults in TV and Film; European Politics and Culture.

Developed ability to:

  • present strong written arguments by selecting and communicating  findings in a structured, coherent and persuasive manner
  • conduct research using different tools and sources
  • work independently, setting my own deadlines and managing my time when under pressure

SKILLS

  • WRITING
  • EDITING
  • IDEATION AND PITCHING
  • TEAM MANAGEMENT
  • WRITER TRAINING
  • CONTENT CURATION
  • SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
  • ANALYTICS
  • PRESENTATIONS AND INTERVIEWS
  • VIDEO EDITING AND PRODUCTION
  • PODCAST HOSTING AND EDITING
  • HTML
  • FULL, CLEAN DRIVING LICENSE