I like working with words. It’s a confession of sorts, but also the acceptance of what has become clear over the last twenty years: words are my passion and my work. I like editing the words of others, I like using them to tell stories and I like educating others in how best to use them.
It is a passion that has led me on an interesting journey. In Việt Nam, I wrote and published the world’s first ever street food blog. In Rwanda, I built the country’s first digital newswire and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters. In Europe, I worked as a digital editor, edited best-selling authors and freelanced as a copywriter for large corporations. I have trained thousands of journalists and media professionals at the BBC, Al Jazeera, United Nations, MSF and many other organisations. Along the way, I have also written three books. Twenty years later, my passion and interests remain the same. Today, I divide my time between editing, corporate writing and training media professionals all over the world.
Editing: I am comfortable working on book-length projects using shared document tools such as Dropbox Paper or Google Docs and collaborating with teams in different locations. I am equally happy working with individual authors via ‘track changes’ in MSWord. Learn more about the editing work I do and the clients I work with.
Writing: The corporate writing work I do takes on many forms. I have written book-length reports about the use of artificial intelligence in the EU and business brochures and I have condensed weighty studies into easily consumed and shared blog posts or PDF one pagers.
Media Training: Having trained as a teacher in the mid-1990s, and then started working as a journalist just before the millennium, in 2004 I decided to marry these skills. I designed and delivered the UK’s first social media training workshops designed specifically for journalists. Since then, I have trained thousands of media professionals on hundreds of training courses throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa and I have designed, built and managed digital news wires in the UK and Rwanda. Today, I offer a range of media training courses which I am constantly updating and expanding.
The variety in my work and the flexibility I need to do it, combined with my experience and passion, enables me to bring a unique perspective and an enthusiastic eye to every project I undertake. Whether it be editing or writing or media training, if you think we should work together drop me an email .
The image of me in Seoul was taken by the brilliant photographer Josh White.