About Judy Yorke
I’ve been a journalist for 25 years and I’ll let you into a secret: I’m not the best journalist in the world.
I’ve never got a front page scoop by offering backhanders to top footballers or pretending to be a sheik. I’ve never nailed an exclusive interview with a film star about their cocaine addiction.
What I do have (in abundance) are other skills that editors want and need. My writing is strong, effective and clear. My work is error-free. It’s the right length, the right tone and the right style. It doesn’t contain spelling mistakes, punctuation blunders or grammatical errors.
In my 26 years as a journalist, I’ve written for every type of publication on all manner of subjects from prom queens to potty training.
I’ve written for business magazines, regional and national newspapers, downmarket weekly magazines and upmarket glossies.
I’ve held senior positions at Woman and Good Housekeeping magazines and, as a freelance, I co-wrote a page for the Daily Mirror every Friday for two and a half years. I’ve had work published in everything from Closer, Top Sante and Hello! to Boots Health & Beauty Magazine, Cabinet Maker and the Belfast Telegraph.
For the last five years, I have also been a tutor for the British College of Journalism’s online freelance course, helping students to develop their skills.
I am a qualified trainer, having achieved the City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training in 2014. I'm proud to be a member of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, and I regularly write copy promoting their networking events.
I also work as a freelance editor and proof-reader for corporate clients.
Out of work, I’m a mum of two noisy small boys. I’m a long suffering Watford supporter and I make fantastic rock buns.
Managing Director/ Assistant Trainer: Adrian Monti
I’ve written thousands of stories as a working journalist, and every time I sit in front of a screen, I have to make the same decisions. How can I make my opening sentence interesting in order to grab the reader’s attention? How can I ensure I don’t bore them in the next few paragraphs? How can I make my story fluent and effortless to read?
My aim with every feature I write is to keep the reader with me until the last paragraph, leaving them satisfied that they have fully understood the story and maybe even enjoyed reading it. If that’s the case, I’ve done my job.
This means putting to good use the skills I’ve developed since I trained as a local evening paper reporter 23 years ago. They were developed further when I worked for a fast-paced freelance news agency.
For the last 14 years I’ve been a successful freelancer, writing topical features for the UK’s most popular newspapers, top selling magazines, widely read websites and the odd more obscure publication too.
Even today, I get a huge amount of satisfaction when I see a killer headline, well-crafted sentence or a pithy paragraph of mine appear in a published article.
And writing these is a skill I am keen to share with you.
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