About me and what I do..

Writer and digital production editor with extensive experience creating digital content for editorial, social media and commercial channels.

Wide-ranging experience writing news and feature content combined with digital production skills, I can produce all types of digital content from concept to delivery.

Social media skills include the production of short video packages, 360-degree visuals and live streaming content. Experienced in delivering editorial, promotional and commercial content packages.

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Pete Barden
Telephone: 07970 867758
Twitter: @pete_barden
Email: Pete@petebarden.co.uk


November 2013 - present:

The Sun online deputy night editor, sub-editor, journalist and digital production editor

Along with writing news stories for publication, I currently cover digital production ensuring content is created and published on the Sun’s website in a timely, on-style and legally compliant manner.

I also source images, video and social medial content to extend articles and features, while also writing headlines and teasers to produce optimum visibility for SEO purposes.

October 2008-November 2013:

Whatcar.com digital producer and online journalist covering news and features

Sourcing and writing news and features for online and print delivery. Sub-editing and optimising content for digital platforms (website and tablet). Live production from events, such as international motor shows.

July 2006-October 2008:

GCAP Radio Southern regional digital producer

Working with programming and commercial teams to create online content to extend and compliment broadcast output for radio stations in Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey (GCAP now Global Radio).


Group digital editor Highbury-Leisure Publishing

Overseeing Highbury Leisure Publishing’s digital content with overall responsibility for editorial development and commercial strategy.


Deputy editor, Fastcar Magazine, Highbury-SPL Publishing.

Managing editorial team of 12 and overseeing all aspects of the production process for this monthly print magazine.


Freelance sub-editor, Fastcar Magazine, Highbury-SPL Publishing.

Sub-editing on-page designs using Quark Xpress and Adobe Indesign.


Freelance writer, Bizarre Magazine, John Brown Publishing.

Pitching feature ideas and completing to brief and deadline.


Features editor Fastcar Magazine, Highbury-SPL Publishing

Sourcing, researching, writing and commissioning automotive features. .


Freelance contributor, Maxim Magazine, Dennis Publishing

Writing news and features for men's magazine Maxim.

Work examples

The Sun

News and real-life examples November 2013 - Present

Judge rules extremist can STAY in UK even though he continued to plot terror after fleeing from India
Mum stabbed her two kids to death then turned knife on herself after mistakenly fearing daughter had cancer
BARA OF LAUGHS: Tiny Welsh beach Barafundle Bay is named as one of World’s best sands
Hitler did fake his death and escaped to Tenerife, claims former war crimes investigator
Panic on the runway as bomb squad raids London-bound plane in Ibiza
Cheryl steps out for first public appearance since JB ‘split’
'VILLAIN OF MY LIFE': DJ Paul Gambaccini says Met chief ‘tried to destroy his life’ as he considers suing cops over abuse claims
PARKING MAD: AA slams local councils for failing drivers and businesses by making it far too confusing to pay for parking
TWITCHERS IN A FLAP: More than 900 birdwatchers take turns to peer through fence at bird never before recorded in mainland Britain
BUS DOOR-STOP: Two-bedroom house on the market for £140k has a bus stop on its doorstep… that blocks the garden path
DOUBLE TROUBLE Shocking photo shows five-year-old boy smoking and drinking can of beer in playground
NO MORE FAKEBOOK: New tool will help Facebook users spot ‘fake news’ stories on the site
TRANS LOO FURY MP slammed for saying anyone with male genitals should use men’s loos irrespective of their gender identity
'CHILDISH PROTEST': Climber who cost the UK £28million by bringing the M1 to a standstill for 28 hours is jailed

Travel and motoring-related features

Here's a small selection of my Google-topping travel and motoring features

The ‘secret’ signposts waiting to help you jump gridlocked motorway junctions… emergency diversion symbols explained
New drug driving law explained… how illegal drugs and even hayfever pills can end up with a driving ban
Can a Highways England motorway traffic officer give me a speeding ticket? Find out what these officers can and can’t do
Have I been caught speeding abroad? Details here…
What’s that camera saying about you and your car – and who’s it telling it to? ANPR cameras revealed
Will I get a speeding ticket… what happens after the motorway or A-road flash
Can community speed watch volunteers really give drivers a speeding ticket? Find out what they can and can’t do here
Here’s why we drive on the left… and should we make the switch to the ‘other side’?
Pushing the wrong button could leave you driving blind… see if you know which to select for clear, safe motoring

Passport photos: I’ve grown a beard, put on weight, gone bald, had a tattoo and more… do I need to report it?
Who can sign my passport photos and application form? We’ve all the information you need here
How to get a new EU passport when Britain says adi-eu
Electronic devices phone chargers and body scanner security rules at Gatwick Airport
Driving in Paris – will new Crit’Air anti-pollution stickers stop you driving in Paris? How to buy one, how much they cost and what are the penalties for not having one
How to fast track your passport application
Airport body scanners… can I refuse, will I appear naked and other questions answered
Top 12 Heathrow hacks… How to beat the stress, crowds and cost of travelling through the UK’s busiest airport
15 ways to beat school holiday price rises… May 2016
Airport security restrictions 2016: Your essential at-a-glance guide
Cosmetic surgery abroad… would you do it
Get free drinking water at airports and beat the after-security price hikes… where to fill up your bottles revealed


Here's a quick look at some of the skills I can bring to the role, or contract you're here to fill. Please contact me for a more detailed discussion on what I can offer your organisation.

  • Journalism
  • Copywriting
  • Social media content
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Wordpress CMS
  • CSS
  • HTML5

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