John Hersey, 1945. Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life

John Hersey, 1945. Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life

Howard Swains
Tel: 07507 879888 — @howardswains

Highly qualified journalist with experience across print and digital titles, including The Times, Guardian, Independent, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine and CNN. Reporter, feature writer and sub-editor in news, sport, arts and travel.

Professional experience:

Freelance journalist – June 2008-present
Magazine/newspaper feature writer (see clips)
Sport sub and live news/commentator at The Times

Sport sub-editor/online writer, The Guardian – June 2008-October 2009
Sub-editor for sport copy in integrated newspaper/online newsroom
Night editor and late sport writer for paper and website
Feature writer, including sport blog pieces and daily columns

The Times – April 2002 – July 2006
Deputy online sport editor
Online sport news-writer and live commentator
Editor and designer of sport web pages
Full editorial responsibility in sport editor’s absence

Columbia Journalism School, New York – M.S. Journalism, May 2007
University of St Andrews – M.A. English, June 1997

White Pygmy – Newsweek Insights ebook
Spectacular Slovakia – Travel guide

Taught feature-writing workshop at Comenius University, Bratislava – winner of Via Bona award for Socially Responsible Market Impact 2012
Specialist poker writer (formerly Times columnist) with expertise across gambling industry

Key skills:
Full familiarity with common CMSs, blog software and newsroom applications, including InCopy and InDesign
Knowledge of photo skills and use of Photoshop and Illustrator
All word processing and spreadsheet software

Depersonalisation disorder (The Guardian)
Free football streaming (The Guardian)
Khat fight (The Independent Magazine)
The power of the poem (Newsweek)
A man’s best foe