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


August 2019 - present:

Digital production and sub-editor New Statesman Media Group

Editing and producing digital content for sites across the New Statesman Media Group including Techmonitor.ai and New Statesman.com

I also source images, video, write headlines and and coding to produce optimum visibility for SEO purposes.

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

Pete Barden Motoring and Travel

Motoring and travel guides and features from Pete Barden 


My driving licence hasn't arrived can I keep driving?
Do I need to tell the DVLA I have been prescribed glasses for driving?
How can I get a refund of my car tax?
Can I get fined for not having road tax on my car?
What is the most popular electric car (EV) for UK buyers 2022?
What does my driving licence number mean
When can I apply for a provisional licence?
Are car washes open during UK hosepipe bans?
Do I pay the Birmingham Clean Air Zone in the evening and weekends?
Can I be fined for stopping in a box junction after new rules on 1 June 2022?
How old is a car by its number plate? Full list
How to check my licence for penalty points
How to report a smoky bus, coach or lorry
Can I drive a camper van on a car licence in the UK?
How much will it cost to learn to drive an electric car, UK
Will I have to pay the Bristol Clean Air Zone charge and what if I forget?
Will I need to pay the Oxford Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) on a Saturday, Sunday or at night?
What are the tough new mobile phone laws for drivers from 25 March 2022?
Can a Highways England Traffic Officer give me a ticket for using a mobile phone while driving?
How much are driving tests going to by in 2022?
Why is nitrogen being used to inflate car tyres?
How to contact the DVSA about driving tests
What is section 4b of my driving licence and why it could save me a £1,000 fine?
Find out what all the codes and categories on your licence mean
How can I report an untaxed vehicle dumped on my street?
How to check if my car tax is valid?
With prices at the pump increasing, how can we save fuel while driving?
How to charge an electric car if you live in a flat?
How do I renew my driving licence at 70?
Are driving tests cancelled because of Covid-19?
How much is my road tax going up on 1 April 2022
What is the DVLA contact number - and other ways to contact?
What are the rules covering parent and child parking bays?
New London Congestion Charge times and costs for 2022?
How much is the Tamar Bridge toll and when do I need to pay it?
Do I have to report my Covid-19 to the DVLA?
What happens to a car when the owner dies?
Is the M6 Toll Road free on Christmas Day?
Do I need to wear a mask in my car under Plan B restrictions?
Can I vape in a car with children?
Is the Itchen Bridge free to use in the evening, at weekends and on Christmas
What documents do I need to drive in France and Spain 2021
Can I be fined if the parking ticket machine was broken?
Can I tow a car that has no tax, insurance, or MOT?
Someone has registered a car I don't own to my address and I am getting tickets - what should I do?
M25 alternative routes and diversions for all junctions
Is red diesel being banned on 1 April 2022 and how will it affect me?
Why do some cars have green number plates?
How much to recover a broken down car from a motorway
How to spot unmarked UK police cars and if they're real or fake
What are the black dots on my windscreen for?
Ten Secret parking crimes and offences you're committing
Find M6 motorway alternative routes
Can I use my extended driving licence to drive abroad?
Are my sunglasses legal or illegal for driving 2021
Will I get a speed awareness course instead of points?
Find A303 alternative routes and diversions to Cornwall
How old are my tyres? The tyre age code explained, UK
Will my MOT be extended because of new Covid restrictions?
What speed will get a speeding ticket, fine and points UK?
Find M1 motorway alternative routes to avoid traffic jams
Are electric scooters good Christmas presents 2021?
Ashdown Forest car park charges plan revealed
How can I find the owner of a car that crashed into me?
Park and ride airport parking explained
Do I need road tax during the pandemic 2021 - 2022?
Can I hire a car in the new lockdown after tier 4?
Can I use a hand car wash after 12 April lockdown changes
Do I need an electric car licence and driving test UK?
Public electric car charging points at UK airports
Can I drive in sliders and socks in the UK?
What happens if I forget to pay the Tyne tunnel toll?
Is the Dartford Crossing free on Christmas Day 2021
Can I use lawn mower petrol or diesel in my car?
Are space saver spare wheels safe for long journeys 2021?
Do I have to pay to drive in London on Christmas Day 2021?
How to swap my green paper driving licence for a photocard?

Travel-related articles and guides

Who can sign my passport photo for me and my kids 2021
Autism help at UK airports 2022
How to get a holiday hire car code
Can I carry human ashes on a plane? What the airlines say
Do I need to wear a mask on a plane?
Can I carry medication on a plane - what airlines and airports say
Can I take a smart bag on a plane? What the airlines say
How do UK airlines keep their planes germ-free?
Where do I pack my vape when flying? - what airlines and airports say
Find the cheapest petrol near you in France
When can I fly after having a heart attack?
Best place to east at Gatwick Airport North and South
Speeding fines in Spain and other driving offences
What is the the Nano Parifex speed camera in France?
Can I fly with Shingles
Why do people wrap cases in cling film?
Can I catch monkey pox on a plane?
How much are extra legroom seats on airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and others?
Which countries in Europe use the euro as currency?
How much are new passports and renewals UK?
Do I need to tell the Passport Office that I have moved, married, or changed gender?
How much to change my name on an airline ticket?
How to find something you've left on a plane
Can my child or an adult fly with chicken pox?
Where are free drop off points at UK airports
Do I need a VE103 form to drive a hire or lease car abroad?
Top 12 scary plane noises explained for nervous flyers
How to get an EU passport after Brexit
Can I take Christmas crackers on a plane Xmas 2021
Do I need a new passport photo? I've grown a beard, put on weight...
What airlines carry defibrillators on planes 2021?
Claim compensation for flight cancellations after Covid and Brexit
Can I fly with a broken arm, leg or other bone?
Where can I keep my car keys when parking at Stansted Airport?


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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