Website overhaul

The New York Times newsroom in 1942, taken by Marjory Collins
Reporters and rewrite men writing stories, and waiting for an editor to assign a story. A rewrite man in background gets a story on the phone from reporter who is outside the office.

I have given this website a much-needed overhaul. More minor changes may happen in the near future, as I fix errors and optimise the site’s content and layout.

Its new theme is ‘Shoreditch’, created by Automattic.

The image at the top of each page is of the New York Times’ newsroom circa 1942. Marjory Collins took the photo for the US Office of War Information. It is available on Wikimedia Commons.

The font used throughout the site is Open Sans by Ascender Fonts.

I created the site’s logo using Affinity Photo.

If you would like to discuss hiring me, please send an email using this contact form. Alternatively, you may phone me on (+44) 020 3290 3213 or on Skype at richard_cosgrove.

Retro science-fiction poster for People Per Hour


I heard about the PULP-O-MIZER site from the screenwriter Steve Turnbull.

It enables you to create posters similar to the old science-fiction anthology magazines that were around early last century.

So I decided to make one for an ‘Hourly‘ I placed on the People Per Hour website.

It’s certainly more fun than the expected copy editing advert.

Websites do need sub-editors

“We’re a website. We don’t need sub-editors.”

I’ve heard that, and similar, comments from editors and writers of online publications on a few occasions.

I don’t know whether these people think a sub-editor’s skills are only of use in a print publication; they believe that the an online publication’s ability to instantly publish corrections means they don’t need sub-editors; or if they simply don’t understand what a sub-editor’s role involves.

So, for those online editors who are unsure what a good sub-editor can do for them, read this story taken from the website of the Irish Independent newspaper.

Article from Irish Independent

One of the duties of a sub-editor is to check facts, such as times, dates and people’s names. This to ensure information in an article is correct before it is published.

After all, you wouldn’t want to publish a story that mixed up an award-winning travel writer with an award-winning actress, would you?

Original article

Original press release



InDesign CS4 and CS5

I’m able to edit and layout documents using Mac OS X versions of InDesign CS4 and CS5.

When doing this kind of work, I need licensed copies of all the fonts used in the document.

You can use the Package command from the Files menu to collate all the fonts – and linked images – used in InDesign documents into a single folder, for passing on.

Due to technical reasons, InDesign CS5 cannot open CS5.5 and CS6 InDesign files.

However, you can export InDesign CS5.5 and CS6 files using Adobe’s IDML (InDesign Markup Language) format for importing into CS5.

To do this, use the Export command from the Files menu.