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Vijayalaxmi Hegde | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Jun 26, 2015

Vijayalaxmi Hegde

Writer/Editor, Plain Language Enthusiast
   India
  |  7:52 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $15

I am a competent writer and editor with a journalism background. I am fluent in English, Hindi, Kannada, and Bengali.

As a journalist, I worked on development topics. My thesis at journalism school was on issues affecting rural Bangalore from AIDS awareness to crop productivity.

I write in plain language, and believe that anything that's worth saying can and needs to be said clearly.

I am interested in social issues and read up on climate change, politics, economy, and technology.

I am social media-savvy and recently helped write a book...

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Portfolio

This is the edited preface for a compendium of Indian mythological stories. The...
I edited and re-organized the 52,000-word book into a logical and coherent whole.
I did this story for the now defunct Vijay Times, a daily, in Bangalore, India. It was...
This story eventually made me take up the PG diploma course in Environmental Law. I...
Am amazed by my imagination sometimes. Wrote it as a creative writing assignment while...
Well, had to write this.
Blame the cliched headline on the sub at Deccan Herald. But otherwise is a good look at...
It's a story about women bloggers. Check it out.
An interview of the Cake band for the New Haven Advocate
An interview of Dark Star Orchestra - a tribute band worthy of tributes.
I re-wrote the original article, while keeping the meaning intact and trying to...
Product description re-written to avoid being penalized by search engines.
This article/product description was done for http://ergonomicsmadeeasy.com.
This article/product description was done for http://ergonomicsmadeeasy.com.
This article/product description was done for http://ergonomicsmadeeasy.com.
I wrote the copy in this brochure for Sparkling Places, Mumbai. If you have a problem...
I wrote the copy in this brochure for Sparkling Places, Mumbai. If you have a problem...

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Service Description

I am a trained copy editor and writer. I have a combined journalistic and non-journalistic experience of more than eight years.

I currently work as the Director of Research Operations for Common Sense Advisory, an American market research firm.

I started out as a sub-editor in Vijay Times, Bangalore. (The paper was acquired by the Times of India last year and is now Bangalore Mirror.) It was a new newspaper then and I was one of the founding staff.
Skills acquired here: Handling immense work pressure, editing at break-neck speed. and working with a team, Also, gained expertise in handling QuarkXpress: the software used to design newspages. I learned a lot through the never-ending shifts and ever-present deadlines.

I then took a brief break to finish my postgraduate diploma in environmental law. After that, I worked as part-time editor for a business digest in Bangalore called Businessgyan.
Skills acquired here: Learned to write business stories. This was different from the development stories that I had done till then. Also, had to co-ordinate with freelancers, urge them to turn in copy on time... the works.

Next came the job at America Online. At AOL, I was part of the Search team. AOL had pioneered into manual editing of search terms. The Internet Search industry had already become hot and so it became a really exciting experience.
Skills acquired here: Learned about the ins and outs of the Internet Search industry, and had fun doing that. I understood a lot...

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Employment

Clear English India
Editor
2006 - 2008
The Telegraph
Senior sub-editor
2005 - 2005
America Online
Search Editor
2004 - 2005
Businessgyan
Editor
2004 - 2004
This was a part-time position.
Vijay Times
Sub-editor
2002 - 2003

Education

National Law School Of India University
Post-graduate diploma in Environmental Law
2003 - 2004
Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media
Post-graduate diploma in Print Journalism
2001 - 2002
Karnataka University, India
BA in English Literature, Economics, Psychology
1998 - 2001

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proofreader
blogger
research
journalist
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