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Chloe May Petrylak (née Ward)

Freelance Writer & Sub-editor

Location icon United Kingdom

Welcome to my online portfolio!

Here's a selection of the pages I've written and produced for various publications over the last seven years of working in media. I started out at National Geographic Kids (NG Kids) in 2012 before being headhunted for a new launch, The Week Junior, in 2015. I worked on this title since the very first issue and helped it to grow into the award-winning title it is today.

As a freelance writer, I focus on creating content based on my passion for animals, wildlife (including flora) and our planet's environment. From newly discovered species and baby animals, to animal trafficking and climate change, I've written about it all. So if you have any writing, proofreading or sub-editing projects you'd like me to be involved in, I'd love to hear from you. Simply send an email to [email protected]

I look forward to hearing all about it!

Chloe May

Portfolio

The Week Junior, Science+Nature and TWJ's Annual

The Week Junior Annual 2019
10/05/2018
All about clouds

I researched, pitched, wrote and designed this page.

The Week Junior
09/22/2018
Big news (146)

I wrote the follow-up to the ongoing Salisbury story, along with the treasure hunters piece.

The Week Junior
09/22/2018
Home news (146)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the small story at the bottom.

The Week Junior
09/22/2018
How to... (146)

I manage How to... and wrote the page for this issue (usually written by external freelancers).

The Week Junior
09/22/2018
Over to you (146)

I manage the readers page each week, frequently writing the charity of the week and the Get involved box.

The Week Junior
09/22/2018
That's unbelievable! (146)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the lottery prank and the onion fayre.

The Week Junior
09/22/2018
Quiz (146)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
09/15/2018
Home news (145)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the middle small story.

The Week Junior
09/15/2018
Around the world (145)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote three of the stories.

The Week Junior
09/15/2018
That's unbelievable! (145)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the Ikea and deep-fried eclair story.

The Week Junior
09/15/2018
Quiz (145)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
09/08/2018
Home news (144)

I wrote both main stories, along with the small story on the merlympics.

The Week Junior
09/08/2018
Quiz (144)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
09/01/2018
Big news (143)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page.

The Week Junior
09/01/2018
How to... (143)

I manage How to... and wrote the bottom activities.

The Week Junior
09/01/2018
Quiz (143)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
08/18/2018
People (141)

I wrote the main story.

The Week Junior
08/18/2018
That's unbelievable! (141)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the twins and toilet paper story.

The Week Junior
08/11/2018
Home news (140)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the middle small story.

The Week Junior
08/11/2018
People (140)

I wrote the main story.

The Week Junior
08/11/2018
That's unbelievable! (140)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the sinkhole and maze story.

The Week Junior
08/11/2018
Quiz (140)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
07/28/2018
People (138)

I wrote the main story.

The Week Junior
07/21/2018
Home news (137)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the middle small story.

The Week Junior
07/21/2018
What's on (137)

Organised and conducted left hand page interview, wrote right hand page.

The Week Junior
07/21/2018
How to... (137)

I manage How to... and wrote the ad at the bottom for this issue.

The Week Junior
07/21/2018
That's unbelievable! (137)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the Rubik's Cube and cat story.

The Week Junior
07/21/2018
Quiz (137)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
07/14/2018
Big news (136)

I wrote the left hand page.

The Week Junior
07/14/2018
Around the world (136)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote three of the stories.

The Week Junior
07/14/2018
Quiz (136)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
07/07/2018
Home news (135)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the middle small story.

The Week Junior
07/07/2018
That's unbelievable! (135)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the Hello Kitty and bouquet pizza story.

The Week Junior
07/07/2018
Quiz (135)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
06/30/2018
Home news (134)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the worm-charming story.

The Week Junior
06/30/2018
Over to you (134)

I manage the readers page each week, frequently writing the charity of the week and the Get involved box.

The Week Junior
06/30/2018
Quiz (134)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
06/23/2018
Big news (133)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the right 'amazing week for'.

The Week Junior
06/23/2018
Home news (133)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the small story about dogs.

The Week Junior
06/23/2018
How to... (133)

I manage this page, and wrote the squishie and sundial craft.

The Week Junior
06/23/2018
That's unbelievable! (133)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the cube and gator story.

The Week Junior
06/23/2018
Quiz (133)

I put the quiz together every week, with contributions from the other writers.

The Week Junior
06/16/2018
Home news (132)

I wrote the main story on the right hand page, along with the middle small story.

The Week Junior
06/02/2018
Big news (130)

I wrote the second main story on the right hand page.

The Week Junior
06/02/2018
How to... (130)

I wrote the right hand page, including the Beano advert.

The Week Junior
06/02/2018
Over to you (130)

I manage the readers page each week, frequently writing the charity of the week and the Get involved box.

The Week Junior
06/02/2018
That's unbelievable! (130)

This page is shared between the writers – I wrote the pig and stamp story.

The Week Junior
05/19/2018
How to... (128)

I pitched and wrote the right hand page for a client, to promote and link to a book.

The Week Junior
05/12/2018
People (127)

I wrote the main People piece to promote a campaign TWJ was linked with.

The Week Junior
05/05/2018
Big news (126)

Wrote the main story on the right.

The Week Junior
05/05/2018
Home news (126)

Wrote the main story on the right, as well as Trump's visit to the UK.

The Week Junior
05/05/2018
People (126)

I wrote the story about Martin Court, who dedicated his life to dairy.

The Week Junior
05/05/2018
What's on (126)

I wrote all except Film Club, which is sent in by an external writer.

The Week Junior
05/05/2018
Quiz (126)

I put together the weekly quiz, in which all writers submit questions for.

Interviewing and video editing

National Geographic Kids (NG Kids)

NG Kids magazine
10/2015
Cave of Wonders (116)

I represented the magazine on a press trip in Slovenia, exploring the caves and interviewing experts for information.

NG Kids magazine
10/2015
Meet the mysterious olm (116)

I attended a press trip to Postojna Caves, in Slovenia, to find out more about these incredible creatures. Gathered the research first hand, designed and wrote the page.

NG Kids magazine
November 2014
Inside Scoop (106)

Researched and wrote 'Crazy Events: Whirling Dervishes Festival', 'Fast Facts: Beethoven' and 'Make it a date', as well as source images.

NG Kids magazine
November 2014
Junior Reporters' Club (106)

I manage the club; I decide which reports to publish, obtain assets and sub-edit all reports, both in print and online.

NG Kids magazine
October 2014
Inside Scoop (105)

Researched and wrote 'Fast Facts: Remembrance Day' and 'Make it a date'.

NG Kids magazine
October 2014
Mini Histories Comic (105)

Thorough fact checking and provided suggestions as to what could be added.

NG Kids magazine
September 2014
Junior Reporters' Club (104)

I manage the club; I decide which reports to publish, obtain assets and sub-edit all reports, both in print and online.

NG Kids magazine
August 2014
What's Up?! (103)

Researched and wrote the right hand page.

NG Kids magazine
August 2014
Mini Histories Comic (103)

Thorough fact checking and provided suggestions as to what could be added.

NG Kids magazine
July 2014
Dream Jobs! (102)

I interviewed Mark Campbell, typed up other phone transcripts and wrote the page.

NG Kids magazine
July 2014
Weird but true! (102)

Thorough fact checking and provided suggestions as to what could be replaced when facts where incorrect.

NG Kids magazine
Summer 2014
What's Up?! (101)

Attended preview conference For Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
Summer 101
Parenting, Puffin Style (101)

Thoroughly fact checked the spread and interviewed a Puffin expert for clarification.

NG Kids magazine
June 2014
Happy 100th Birthday NG Kids! (100)

I obtained messages and assets from Jane Goodall, Brian Cox, Warwick Davis, Damian Dibben and Anthony Horowitz (previously interviewed them).

NG Kids magazine
June 2014
Inside Scoop (100)

Researched and wrote Time Machine,as well as sourced 'Digital Doggy Bowl'.

NG Kids magazine
March 2014
Junior Reporters' Club (97)

I manage the club; I decide which reports to publish, obtain assets and sub-edit all reports, both in print and online. I also managed the reporters on the red carpet at the NTA's.

NG Kids magazine
December 2013
Dinosaurs are ALiVE! (94)

I selected which reporters would review NG KiDS ALiVE! and sub-edited their reports for the page.

NG Kids magazine
December 2013
Inside Scoop (94)

Researched and wrote Time Machine.

NG Kids magazine
November 2013
Weird World (93)

I sourced the story 'Dinner or dessert?'

NG Kids magazine
October 2013
Like it, Make it (92)

I created this craft using my imagination, gathered materials, planned each stage, managed the photo shoot and wrote the page.

NG Kids magazine
October 2013
Inside Scoop (92)

Researched and wrote Time Machine, obtained assets for Roots & Shoots and suggested Richard Whitehead's story.

NG Kids magazine
September 2013
Like it, Make it (91)

I created this from a tiny generic image provided by the client, gathered materials, planned each stage, created final craft, managed the photo shoot and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
September 2013
Inside Scoop (91)

Researched possible candidates for Time Machine and chose Gandhi. Researched his life and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
August 2013
Like it, Make it (90)

I created the design, obtained all materials, planned all stages, created a completed version, made half stages for prep and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
August 2013
Mini Histories Comic (90)

Thorough fact checking and provided suggestions as to what could be added.

NG Kids magazine
Summer 2013
Like it, Make it (88)

Suggested the idea, obtained materials, completed a pair for the final shots, prepared each stage, managed the photo shoot and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
June 2013
Like it, Make it (87)

Obtained the materials, planned each stage, made final product as well as prepared each scene, managed photo shoot and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
June 2013
Prize Planet (87)

I secured the prizes for the 'Bag Hip Headphones' competition and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
April 2013
Like it, Make it (85)

Came up with the idea, simplified the steps, obtained the materials, assisted with the photo shoot and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
April 2013
Kids Club (85)

I manage the club; I decide which reports to publish, obtain assets and sub-edit all reports, both in print and online. I also conducted the market research for the Creature Feature column.

NG Kids magazine
April 2013
Weird World (85)

Sourced the 'Sleepy hollows' story.

NG Kids magazine
March 2013
What's Up?! (84)

Covered the European Premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful at Leicester Square.

NG Kids magazine
March 2013
Prize Planet (84)

I wrote the copy for 'Collect creepy crawlies', 'Spend a week on summer camp' and 'Race off with revellutions' competitions.

NG Kids magazine
March 2013
Like it, Make it (84)

Came up with the idea, simplified each step and obtained all of the items required for the shoot.

NG Kids magazine
February 2013
Like it, Make it (83)

Came up with the idea, simplified the stages and obtained the items required.

NG Kids magazine
January 2013
Inside Scoop (82)

Wrote 'Unicef Day for Change', 'Shark Safety' and 'New Species Alert' as well as sourcing images for 'Make it a date'.

NG Kids magazine
January 2013
Weird World (82)

I sourced 'Rusty old dogs!', obtained hi-res images directly from the creator and wrote copy.

NG Kids Magazine
December 2012
Icelandic Adventure! (81)

I represented NG Kids on the press trip to Iceland and wrote the full feature, as well as obtaining the prizes. I also wrote the online feature, too.

NG Kids magazine
December 2012
Wonders of Life! (81)

I interviewed Brian Cox OBE over the phone and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
December 2012
What's Up?! (81)

Wrote 'The Lorax' left hand page.

NG Kids magazine
December 2012
Like it, Make it (81)

Researched craft, gathered required items, assisted on the photo shoot and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
December 2012
Weird World (81)

Sourced and wrote 'Good enough to eat!'.

NG Kids magazine
November 2012
Inside Scoop (80)

Wrote 'Bird Brains', 'Space Man', 'Fast Fact Mountains' and 'Make it a date'.

NG Kids magazine
November 2012
What's Up?! (80)

I wrote the interview questions for Sir David Attenborough.

NG Kids magazine
November 2012
Weird World (80)

Sourced 'Tube music' and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
October 2012
What's Up?! (79)

I interviewed Anthony Horowitz in person for this piece and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
October 2012
Inside Scoop (79)

Researched and wrote 'Final Flight', 'Richard III Returns' and 'Animals in Danger'.

NG Kids magazine
October 2012
Kids Club (79)

I manage the club; I decide which reports to publish, obtain assets and sub-edit all reports, both in print and online.

NG Kids magazine
October 2012
The Big Picture (79)

Sourced picture, researched and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
October 2012
Like it, Make it (79)

I spent hours making the completed placemat used in the photo shoot.

NG Kids magazine
September 2012
What's Up?! (78)

I interviewed Aimee Kelly over the phone and wrote the copy.

NG Kids magazine
September 2012
Like it, Make it (78)

Assisted with the photo shoot and managed to source the toy spider (hard to do since it was July!).

NG Kids magazine
September 2012
Inside Scoop (78)

Sourced and wrote 'Whale of a time!', 'Mars adventure' and 'Fast Facts: Halloween'.

NG Kids magazine
September 2012
Weird World (78)

Found the 'Tallest Tower' and 'A-maze-ing' article.

NG Kids magazine
August 2012
Unusual schools (77)

Sourced pictures and quotes, and also wrote 'River School', 'Kings Wings Project' and 'Discovery Centre'.

NG Kids magazine
August 2012
Like it, Make it (77)

Assisted with the photo shoot and wrote the 'Volcanic Quiz'.

NG Kids
July 2012
Bet you didn't know! (76)

Researched and wrote Olympic facts number 2, 4 and 5. I also sourced the Olympic Park image.

NG Kids magazine
July 2012
Animal Athletes! (76)

Sourced the images, researched the stats and created the 'Synchronised Swimming' category.

NG Kids magazine
July 2012
Kids Club (76)

I manage the club; I decide which reports to publish, obtain assets and sub-edit all reports, both in print and online.

NG Kids magazine
July 2012
Going for gold! 3-4 (76)

I transcribed the phone interview with Jonnie Peacock for this piece.

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