K.G. Orphanides - CV

I've been exchanging words for money since 1997 and have worked in both staff and freelance roles, mostly for technology publications based in English-speaking countries. I take an active interest in conversation-stoppers including narrative games, PC components, open source software, computer security, incipient nuclear annihilation and the behaviour of bees. Needless to say, I'm a real hit at parties.

I produce fast, clean copy and have extensive experience in breaking down scientific papers into comprehensible news stories and reviewing of consumer and business tech, as well as producing in-depth features and advertising copy. Years of working and supervising colleagues in both the professional and voluntary sectors have left me with solid project management and collaborative skills. Outside journalism and tech, I was a founding member oThe Queer Alternative, an LGBT+ community group that grew to national level in the UK. 

I write weird fiction of dubious merit and statistically significant body counts, which in 2015 was recommended in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 7 and which you can read about elsewhere on this site

You can find me talking about old games on Twitter and making new ones on itch.io and Mighty Owlbear.


Summary:    

    • Versatile and dedicated writer of reviews, news, features and advertising copy
    • Detail-oriented editor and sub-editor
    • Excellent research skills
    • Confident and capable project manager
    • Wide range of contacts across numerous fields


Specialities:       

    • science & technology journalism
    • news writing & editorial aggregation
    • technology reviews
    • PC games & gaming history
    • information security
    • SaaS/cloud-based services
    • open source software 
    • audio hardware 
    • PC components 
    • death metal, kittens, owlbears


Contact:

If you'd like to commission some freelance work, please email kg@wyrdsmith.co.uk - all relevant press releases should go to the same address. I'm primarily based in France and have access to a reasonably fully-featured hardware testing lab, but please let me know if you have any special requirements for your test environment so I can ensure that we're set up for them.



Employment History

1997 to date: Freelance writer, editor and technology consultant

News, review and feature content has appeared in online and print publications including WIRED.co.uk and its WIRED Awake daily newsletter, the Raspberry Pi Foundation's MagPi magazine, Cloud ProIT ProExpert Reviews, Trusted Reviews, Roads & Kingdoms, Shifting Grounds, ComputerActive, Custom PC, Bit-Tech.net, WIRED (UK print edition), Computer Buyer, The Sunday Times (as part of a content licensing deal) and PC Zone.

Advertising copywriting clients include help4IT, Nuance Communications, Dennis Publishing, Kaspersky Lab, and Asus.

Video production and presentation for the Big Box PC Game Collectors.


2016 to date: Game developer and writer

Releases include Eight characters, a number, and a happy ending (parser text adventure developed in Quest), The Road to Adventure (adventure gamebook developed in Twine to accompany a tutorial in issue 64 of The MagPi) and Winter's Heart (Twine text and graphics narrative piece).


2015 to 2017: IT Manager, The Queer Alternative

    •  Responsible for setting up and maintaining primarily cloud-based infrastructure to facilitate communication between trustees, organisers and members around the UK
    •  Produced technical solutions for holding and minuting meetings via VoIP and video conferencing
    •  Assembled clear technical documentation for TQA volunteers


2009 to 2016: Co-founder & Trustee, The Queer Alternative

    •  Grew membership of this LGBT+ community group from under 10 people to a group of over 400 active volunteers across the UK
    •  Oversaw the development of community outreach programs liaising with venues, clubs and educational establishments
    •  Managed the process of raising over £3000 annually, enabling TQA to enter the only community float in the Pride in London parade of 2014
    •  Took on a role as a trustee in 2015, with the creation of the group's charitable objects and its shift in status to become a small charity

 

2007 – 2014: Senior staff writer, Computer Shopper & Expert Reviews (Dennis Publishing) 

    • Produced a wide range of content for both print and the web, including reviews, news and large-scale features on subjects ranging from Android security and PC system building to the irritation value of mobile phones at metal gigs. Other responsibilities included editing features and participating in the proofing and sub-editing stages of the magazine’s production cycle.
    • Member of the team that made Expert Reviews the fastest-growing Dennis Publishing tech website of 2012 and 2013
    •  Seconded to assist in setting up Dennis Technology Labs, an internationally recognised anti-malware testing facility
    • Dennis Publishing editorial employee of the month in April 2009 
    • Promoted from staff writer in 2008
    • Developed and maintained good working relationships with numerous PR and corporate contacts

2006 – 2007: Contributing editor, irreality.net

Wrote and edited descriptive content for core site features, produced articles and maintained forum areas on this niche social network startup.


2004 – 2005: Hardware building & sales, Abbey Computers

Construction of basic & custom computer systems for the consumer market.

 

2001 – 2002: Lead action games reviewer, ZDnet Downloads.com (Ziff-Davis)

Worked to exacting deadlines and word counts to produce game and software reviews for an American audience. 



 Skills

Journalism:

Production:

Other skills:

Editing

Adobe InDesign (Intermediate)

Computer building & repair

Feature commissioning

Adobe Photoshop (Basic)

French (B1)

Interviewing

YouTube video management & publishing

Greek (B1)

News writing

Proofreading

Linux system administration

Photography

Sub-editing

Network administration

Reporting

CMS (WordPress, Blogger, Umbraco, bespoke)

LAMP (intermediate)

Reviews & testing

 

Media analysis