Jean-Fabrice Vernet

tel. +34 956 927 328, 665 038 511
Born 22-5-69

Calle Castelar, 5
11380 Tarifa
Cádiz, Spain


Skills summary

Wrote or edited over 4,000 published articles and abstracts. Published work demonstrates conciseness, consistency, balance, as well as effectiveness in various styles.

Sensitive interviews conducted with over 500 public figures and experts. Interviewees have included Ralph Nader, Mikhail Gorbachev, Rigoberta Menchú, Shulamit Aloni, and Willie Brown.

Successfully managed in-house staff and international networks of correspondents.

Bilingual French/English, fluent Spanish.
Research experience in South and Central America as well as on US hispanic community involved conducting technical interviews in Spanish. Have interpreted in various contexts and translated technical, medical, and academic material to and from French.

Acquired broad knowledge of abstracts, libraries, and the Internet. Some statistical interpretation and projection skills.

Working knowledge of leading design applications and basic knowledge of html: sites developed and maintained for a variety of OS environments include The Politician Online weekly newsletter and Costasur. Special experience in media technology and e-commerce as well as search engine optimization and the visual presentation of statistical data.




Present: freelance writer and editor based in Cádiz province. Current or recent clients include La Luz Magazine, Liquid Magazine,, PT Spain, Hôpital Yves Le Foll Saint-Brieuc.

1998-2005: The Politician Online. Editor. The title is a free weekly round-up of world affairs archived on the Internet.

  • Monitoring world-wide current events affecting international relations and development
  • Writing and editing news summaries on regional, national, and supra-national entities
  • Maintenance of Web site with links to related sites and a searchable archive of previous issues

2002-2004: West Coast Magazine, Costa del Sol, Spain. Editor. West Coast Magazine (formerly Estepona Magazine) is an 84-page glossy local interest title with a monthly circulation of 15,000.

  • Management of 20 writers and photographers covering culture and the arts, leisure, architecture and property, nature, and other topics of local, regional, national, and international interest
  • Writing and editing news and features for the monthly production of 35 articles in 15 sections
  • Full pre-production management including planning, budgeting, translations, and delivery to deadline of articles and referenced photography
  • Close collaboration with art director on layout designs
  • Co-ordination with publicity department on editorial coverage and advertising features
  • Representation of the title at interviews, conferences, and other functions

2001-2005: GI News, UK. Contributing editor. GI News (circulation 15,750) is a leading geographic information and science monthly in Britain.

  • Writing features and surveys. Topics covered include public data copyright policy, research funding, secrecy, remote sensing, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), imagery processing, surveying, photogrammetry, automated cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), Internet mapping, mobile network data dissemination, and aerial photography

1999-2002: Adams Business Media, Chicago. Deputy editor, GeoEurope (circulation 19,500). The title is a 60-page monthly magazine briefing users and developers of geographic information and technology.

  • Managed in-house staff and freelancers based in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Wrote, commissioned, and edited over 100 feature and news articles monthly
  • Worked closely with advertising staff for optimal targeting of editorial coverage
  • Contributed to effective layouts presenting complex articles using a mix of information types
  • Traveled to conferences and technology exhibitions in France, Germany, Spain, UK, and US

1998-1999: Kagan World Media, London. Deputy editor, Kagan Euromedia (circulation 11,500). A monthly publication of the US-based media analyst firm Paul Kagan and Associates, Euromedia provides financial and technological market analysis targeted at media executives world-wide.

  • Managed in-house writers and research staff as well as freelance contributors
  • Wrote, commissioned, and edited features and news on the world-wide media industry. Topics included regulation, copyright, piracy, pay and free television, technology trends, public service broadcasting, radio, mobile and fixed telephony, mergers and acquisitions, content providers, and hardware manufacturers
  • Designed layouts, tables, and charts combining statistics and analysis on topics such as media take-up, infrastructure, churn rates, service price and revenue, and marketing demographics
  • Attended international media conferences in Britain, France, and the US

1997-1998: Financial Times, London. Editor, TV Programme Finance. TVPF is a subscription-only, advertising-free newsletter covering international television co-production funding.

  • Managed twenty correspondents world-wide and an in-house deputy
  • Wrote, commissioned, and edited over 40 financial news or feature stories on a monthly basis
  • Designed and balanced year-long production budget
  • Attended media conferences in Britain, Canada, France, Spain, and the US
  • Conducted research in French, English, and Spanish on financing and insurance schemes relevant to international television co-productions as well as on individual companies and related topics
  • Wrote articles for FT Media & Telecoms sister titles including Television Business International (TBI) magazine, the World Television Yearbook, and the Cable and Satellite Yearbook

1996-1998: El Reportero (circulation 20,000), San Francisco. Reporter. The weekly newspaper provides San Francisco's Latino community with local, national, and international news printed in both English and Spanish.

  • Published articles of interest to San Francisco's Latino community in English and Spanish on immigration, housing, transportation, health care, art, education, and community resources
  • Performed sundry tasks including sub editing, photography, QuarkXPress layouts, photo and graphics editing, research, html programming, and translations

1995-1996: The San Francisco Bay Guardian, (circulation 137,000). Editorial intern and freelance reporter. SFBG is the Bay Area's longest-running and best known weekly free-sheet newspaper.

  • Published articles on health care, culture, information technology, community resources, and disability issues
  • Conducted research on immigration, welfare, technology, and media culture using the Internet and US libraries

1989-1995: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Novato, California. Senior researcher. The company publishes award-winning educational and design software.

  • Authored abstracts and translations published in Maps'n'Facts and PC Globe software on 450 geographic entities, including historical, economic, and cultural profiles, as well as technical information on data
  • Created and maintained Microsoft Access database tracking more than 500 categories of statistics and text on 277 countries and other geographic entities
  • Compiled data sets for US and world-based products in collaboration with programming department using software tools including databases, compilers, and ASCII editors. Designed data presentation interface for geographic reference software
  • Contributed to functional and general software design
  • Supervised international localisation into German, French, Catalan, Swedish, Japanese, and Spanish. Contributed to all other aspects of development and marketing



1987-1991: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
B.A. political science, history minor. GPA 3.8.



Stephen Prendergast
Publisher, GI News
Peachey House
Bepton Road
West Sussex GU29 9LU
tel. +44 (0)1730 821 995

Dwight Aspinwall
(Former engineering director, Brøderbund Software)
8 Rayton Road
Hanover, NH 03755
tel. +1 (603) 643 1551


Work examples available upon request or see online:
West Coast Magazine
GI News
The Politician Online

Kagan Euromedia
Financial Times
The San Francisco Bay Guardian
El Reportero