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Lisa Mendes | Elance
Last Sign-in: Mar 12, 2013

Lisa Mendes

Writer, Researcher, Proof reader, Transcriber.
   United Kingdom
  |  8:04 am Local Time


Minimum Hourly Rate $15

Experienced and versatile researcher-writer & proofreader with 15+ years of experience in the field of journalism.

Honours degree in Journalism and English literature, MA in Cosmology & Divination (distinction)

Excellent general knowledge and good online and archive research and data mining skills.

I can write,proof and edit most styles and types of publications, from web content to marketing news and press releases, B2B and B2C articles and features, personality and company profiles, newsletters and email shots, travel articles,...

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Jun 27, 2011|Copywriting|Private|Completed
Jul 4, 2010|Academic Writing|Private|Completed
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Some examples of my business writing for web and print. Audiences include both B2B and...

Skills (6)

Academic Writing
U.S. Academic Writing Test
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Report Writing
English Spelling
English Spelling Test (U.S. Version)
My Score
English Proofreading
Library & Archive Research
Microsoft Access Administration

Service Description

I am an independent research professional, editor and writer, and prefer to work on a freelance basis. Reliable, versatile and thourough, I prefer to underpromise and over-deliver.

Happy to provide a writing or proofreading service tailored to your needs. (Please see my portfolio for examples of previous work.)

Overall, I prefer to work to pre-agreed and realistic deadlines and with mimimum supervision. Whilst I am happy to reassure others that I am 'on the ball' and discuss any potential issues that arise, I prefer not to be micro-managed - I am a consummate professional and if I promise to do something, I deliver good quality, well-researched and engaging copy - on time and to budget.

I can also provide a research service, including case studies or interviews collected via telephone and e-mail; newspaper, television and film archive work; specialist library visits; advanced online journal or database searches, as well as academic journal research.

Areas of speciality include astrology and esoteric subjects, health & wellbeing, education, religion & philosophy, television and film archives, current affairs, popular culture, film and history.

I will not work on anything illegal or unethical, such as producing written work for course assignments.

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UK-based Website Content Provider
Freelance writer and editor
2011 - Present
Working as a freelance writer and proofreader on a project-by-project basis for a UK-based agency that provides web content to a number of business websites. Work varies from editing articles for...
UK-based Property Company
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2011 - Present
Freelance writer providing SEO-optimised web content for property company based in the UK, Researching and writing web page content and medium-length copy to help generate awareness and drive...
J.UK. Media
Freelance Television Researcher
2008 - Present
Working from home, providing background online, and newspaper research, as well as help with sourcing case studies for a number of Japanese factual, documentary and human interest TV series',...
David Spratley
Copy editor, proofreader
2012 - 2012
Copy editing and formatting a chapter of a history manuscript being prepared for publication. As well as checking for style, grammar and logic/flow, I also updated and formatted footnote...
Private Client
Freelance Proofreader and Thesis Ediitor
2011 - 2011
Proofreading and editing a 60,000 word academic thesis in preparation for its submission by an MPhil student. Checking for style, grammar, consistency of terminology Making suggestions in the text...
EK Communications
2010 - 2011
In house writer producing medical-dental articles for the UK professional and B2B press, as well as editing/proofing and overseeing clinician articles and case studies submitted to academic press....
Royal College of General Practitioners
Temporary Information Officer
2008 - 2009
Providing a telephone-based research enquiry service to members and the public concerning the medical profession, medical training as well as various health conditions and treatments; summarising...
University of the Arts, London
Research Assistant for Academic Fellowship
2008 - 2008
Providing additional background academic research via online journals and libraries for a study conducted by the Assistant Director of Student Services as part of a review of their library services...
The International Association of Language Centres
SEO writer and marketing assistant
2007 - 2008
Part of my role as marketing assistant involved writing regular monthly SEO-enhanced news stories for the webiste, that promoted the organization and fellow members whilst also...
David Dorrell Music Management
Freelance Stock Footage & Video Archive Researcher
2006 - 2006
Sourcing and clearing stock footage and archive photos for use in Sarah Brightman DVD. Worked with her agent, producer and record company to ensure the right footage was sourced as quickly and...
Information Services, News International Newspaper
Assistant Librarian & Media Researcher
2003 - 2005
A research-intensive role, providing an enquiry service to over 800 journalists on 4 national newspapers (both tabloid and broadsheet) using various online, database & hardcopy resources.
South African Broadcasting Corporation, News Resea
Programme Researcher & Web Content Producer
2000 - 2001
Contracted to work across two departments as guest co-ordinator and researcher for two high profile news and current affairs programmes (Newshour & Newsmaker) & web content producer for NewsNet - a...
The Gatehouse Advertising & Film Productions (now
In-House Research and Development
1998 - 2000
Creative Picture & Video Researcher for second-largest advertising/film production house in South Africa. Sourcing print/video references and creating video and visual aid/ feeler board...
Sun & Moon Productions (Self-employed)
Video Director
1997 - 1997
Commissioned by well-known South African motivational speaker, Mike Lipkin, to produce and direct a corporate video of his talk at a Johannesburg theatre.


University of Kent
Masters in Religious Studies
2006 - 2009
Rhodes University
Bachelor of Journalism
1991 - 1994


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Member Since
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