A free agent

Today, Friday 26 August 2011, is my last day as an employee of Centaur Media. A few weeks ago, the company announced wide-ranging redundancies and a major internal reorganisation. I fully expected my position as editor of Laboratorytalk to become redundant as part of that process, as I mentioned here.

In the event, and for reasons insufficiently interesting to relate here, I have jumped rather than be pushed. My resignation has been tendered and accepted and, as of the close of play today, I am a free agent.

This means, of course, that I am available for freelance commissions, and also for discussions on any permanent or contract positions. Please form an orderly queue! I have over 20 years experience writing about science, engineering, and technology and have maintained a high level of reader engagement with the titles I have edited. My weekly Laboratorytalk newsletter – issue no 508 published this week – has enjoyed excellent circulation and feedback, due at least partly to my leading column.

I have no informationĀ at this moment about the future of Laboratorytalk or any other titles, but I suspect there may be some news on this in the near future.

UPDATE 9 SEPT: I’ve now had confirmation that Laboratorytalk has been sold to start-up firm Synthesis Media, along with print magazine Process Engineering. I’ve written about this on my other blog, LaboratoryOratory.

1 comment for “A free agent

  1. 1 September 2011 at 10:15

    Best of luck Russ. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of people forming an orderly queue for your services. I think most companies are now beginning to realise that the most significant initiative they can take in marketing now is promoting their websites in Google, and that the best way to do this is to get as much regular additional content added to the site as possible. Good specialist freelance writers should be much in demand!

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