JOURNALISM

Status: Available for freelance journalism including articles, blogs, copywriting, news, columns.

Background:

London

I am a UK-based editor and journalist with nearly twenty years experience in London and Sydney. I began my career in London on a variety of technology magazines at Dennis Publishing and Reed Business Information, before landing a job on Haymarket’s new digital marketing title Revolution, right at the start of the dotcom boom. It seemed that everyone wanted a piece of the action; some of my interviewees included Alan Mcgee, co-founder of Creation Records and the man who discovered Oasis right through to Noel Edmonds, Davina McCall, Adam Faith, TV fashion advisors Trinny and Susanna and Michael Acton Smith, a young entrepreneur who co-founded Firebox.com and is now CEO and founder of kids entertainment company Mind Candy, the creators of Moshi Monsters. During this period I also contributed a weekly column for The Independent, charting the ups and downs of the digital marketing explosion. It was a heady, exciting time for businesses: some crashed and burned, some soared and as a reporter it was a real rollercoaster ride.

Australia & babies

In 2002 I left Revolution to move to Australia for a year, a year which turned into four years when I landed a job as senior journalist at CNET ‘s Technology and Business magazine and a four-year working visa. My position also involved writing for several vertical business supplements (banking and finance, health, telecoms, government and manufacturing) and the consumer electronics news site ZDNet. During my time in Sydney I took two more editor positions at The Intermedia Group, on Retail Technology and Counterpoint. I gained Australian residency status on the basis of the length of time I had spent working as an editor there.

In 2007 I returned to the UK. I spent six months at EMAP, working as a digital editor of a Brad Insight. I then became editor of hairdressing business magazine FRIZZ at Alfol Publishing and later editor of HEAD For Business, the business supplement of hairdressing’s glossy bible Creative HEAD, also at Alfol Publishing. I was also launch editor of the company’s new business advice website Salon Smart and helped organise and host the associated Salon Smart networking conference.

I moved back to Sydney in 2009 to have my first child, and spent another 18 months in Australia traveling, living in Sydney with my partner and our new baby and obtaining Australian citizenship.

UK freelance and blogging

Since returning to the UK I have had two more children and am now based near Reading in the South East of England. I mix freelance writing with writing my blog www.discomBUBulated.com. I am currently Digital Editor of Modern Barber magazine. Throughout my career I have offered freelance writing services and in addition to The Independent, I have written and edited for magazines such as Creative HEAD, Media Week, Marketing, Computer Weekly, Menswear and Maxim; publishers including CNET Australia and EMAP; organisations including British Gas, NHS, Gernétic, Keller Monroe, PeopleBank, Match.com and iVillage.

If you want to work with me in any way please just drop me a line.

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