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 PC components, open source software, computer security, Software as a Service, printing technology 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, writing reviews 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 of The Queer Alternative, an LGBT+ community group that's grown to national level in the UK and for which I still volunteer. 

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. My first text adventure, Eight characters, a number, and a happy ending, was released in October 2016. It involves a range of exciting opportunities for death, destruction and existential angst.


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:       

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


Contact:

If you'd like to commission some freelance work, please send emails to 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 we 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, 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.

Recent US English work includes copy-editing additions to the new edition of Ong's Hat: The Beginning by Joseph Matheny.

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

 

2015 to date: 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, 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

 


Training, Education & Professional Memberships

2007 – 2014:       Professional short courses in editing, writing for the web, SEO, news writing, proofreading, video production and media law

1997 – 1999:       GNVQ Adv. Media & Communications (Merit), Barnet College 

1996:                  7 GCSEs, Ravenscroft School, Barnet