Web 2.0-savvy professional journalist and content creator with experience in news reporting, travel and lifestyle articles, SEO, FinalCutPro, blogging, static content for websites, social media management & media consultancy services
TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE WRITER
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER & MEDIA CONSULTANT
I’m trained in SEO, hold a Google certificate in the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing and I'm experienced in managing social media platforms and blogs, including creating lively content which inspires engagement and builds an active follower-base. I’m also adept at using Google Analytics and can advise on media strategy
Writing, editing, excellent communication and people-management, positive attitude, attention to detail, fast worker. WordPress, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, Google Analytics, SEO, HTML, FinalCut Pro, French and Spanish. Many of the publications I write for are based in the USA, so I write in American English/AP Style as well as British English
AREAS OF FOCUS
The Indian Ocean region, the French Riviera, Spain and Scandinavia are my specialist areas of focus for journalism, travel/lifestyle writing and content creation and I have a strong interest in current events, culture and conservation. Positions of responsibility have included Editor at the Riviera Times news website and lifestyle magazine, News Editor at Maldives Traveller news portal, and Founder of Manta Media
TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE
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LOS ANGELES TIMES
Front page lead byline
Reporting on the terror attack in Nice, which I witnessed
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Front page downpage byline
Another article about the aftermath of the terror attack in Nice
An interview with Anne Frank's sister about her memories of Anne
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Web and print byline
I was asked to write a personal account of escaping the terror attack in Nice
With a passion for travel as well as a thirst for conveying the news, I’m fortunate enough to be able to combine the two in my journalistic career. This has led me on adventures around the globe; from writing about climbing a sacred mountain in Sri Lanka for Fodor’s to reporting on the terror attack I witnessed in Nice, France, (resulting in two front page bylines in the print edition of the Los Angeles Times and around a dozen mainbars and sidebars with by-lines in the print and web editions).
Many of the publications I write for are based in the USA, so I’m used to writing in American English/AP Style.
After graduating from Brunel University with a BA Honours in English 2.1 (3.7 GPA) and working my way up through newspaper journalism I began freelancing about current events, travel, lifestyle, culture and the environment for publications including CNN International, as well as regional newspapers and lifestyle magazines.
In 2010 I was offered the role of News Editor of Maldives Traveller in Male’, the capital of the Maldives. I spent a year overseeing the re-launch of the daily news and travel website.
I then set up Manta Media after recognising the demand for native English-speaking journalists and writers in the Indian Ocean region.
The main focus was travel, but I still kept a hand in news reporting (including my experience of the 2012 coup d’etat) for the Maldives Independent, China Daily and the Global Times.
I’ve also been editor of an inflight magazine (Trans Maldivian Airways), worked on multiple Google Travel projects for Google's Touring Bird tool and for Google search results pages as a freelancer for En Veritas Group, blogged for clients including a luxury travel PR company in New York and Kurumba Resort Maldives, created and managed content for US, European and Asian travel agents and a US-based travel app, and provided social media management and media consultancy services.
I've now lived in seven countries on four continents, and bring expertise in sensitively working with international teams across cultures and languages.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
I write static pages for websites (including accommodation descriptions, location guides, activities, etc. for travel & tourism clients) and I professionally blog about travel and lifestyle experiences on clients' websites.
I have also ghost-blogged for clients including a high-profile luxury travel PR firm in New York and I'm trained in SEO, skilled at using WordPress, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Photoshop and creating/managing content for social media channels.
Previous B2C copy-writing clients include static web pages, articles and brochure content for Nordic Luxury bespoke travel company, AAA Resorts, Hurawalhi Resort Maldives and Waremakers (European artisanal retailer)