Jane O’Neill


A commercially-minded, experienced manager, editor and journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, eight of them in Dubai. Most recently responsible for the entire brand output of Commercial Interior Design Middle East, including events, print and digital media. Skilled writer, subeditor and proofreader, and proficient in Google Analytics, InDesign and digital content management systems, including WordPress. Skilled subeditor and proofreader, and proficient in InDesign and digital content management systems, including WordPress.


Editor-in-chief, Commercial Interior Design (02/2020 – 07/2022)
Responsible for Commercial Interior Design’s magazine, digital channels and events, including the highest-grossing awards ceremony in ITP Media Group’s portfolio, conferences, round tables and industry socials. Have introduced new events to the brand, maximizing pre- and post-event coverage for participants and partners. Oversaw redesign of print product and website, introduced a paid subscription model and have grown digital audience.

Online editor, dubaiweek.com (09/2015 – 01/2020)
Oversaw all aspects of the website’s publication, including making sure there is a daily flow of relevant, interesting and engaging content on the site and all social channels to monitoring Google Analytics and working with the commercial team and partners to create bespoke sponsored content. Also managed the editorial team and oversaw video content.

Acting editor, Abu Dhabi World (07/2019–10/2019)
Combined my current role with that of Abu Dhabi World while the publication looked for a full-time editor. During this period I oversaw the publication of a weekly print magazine from conception to printing and managed the team in Abu Dhabi, working closely with the commercial team.

Deputy Editor, Dubai Week (01/2015–09/2015)
Assisted the editor in creating top-class content for the magazine. Oversaw the magazine’s social media content and wrote multi-platform content. Managed the flow of content from writers to production, generated content for the magazine and subedited the magazine’s pages.

Senior reporter, Sunderland Echo, UK (2007-2014)
Wrote news and features for a daily, evening newspaper, its supplementary magazines and website. Specialised in court reporting and was the city centre correspondent. Also shot and edited short videos for social media.

Trainee reporter, Northumberland Gazette, UK (2005-2007)
Was a general reporter at this long-standing provincial weekly newspaper. Introduced digital practices to the office and looked after the newspaper’s website.

Freelance writer, UK (2001-2005)
Reviewed events, compiled listings and assisted fashion shoots for lifestyle publications Mixmag and Express Magazine.


2007 National Council for Education, Senior Journalism Qualifications, Darlington College of Technology

2001 Cultural Studies, BA Hon 2:1, University of Teeside

Additional skills

Media law qualifications, shorthand 100 wpm. I have lectured journalism students at Ädelfors folkhögskola in Sweden and spent a month working on newspapers in Brazil as part of a professional exchange.

References available on request