I'm an international editor and journalist, currently based in Beirut. My passions are travel and human interest stories. I've traveled across the world and lived in eight different countries across three continents. Currently I work as an editor for a Lebanese human-rights NGO. I can offer strong experience in print and digital (including SEO). Successful in a range of styles, with a talent for transforming dense or technical subject matter into clear and accessible copy as well as writing for diverse audiences. Working as an investigative journalist primed me in unabashedly pursuing interviewees and unearthing unconventional finds in unexpected places. I speak fluent English, French and Latvian, and some Spanish and Arabic.Locked Pro Plan feature
I work as editor for This Is Lebanon, an NGO and activist group which helps abused migrant domestic workers. The website is currently undergoing a redesign, but you can see some of the stories I have edited. Many of these stories are long, complicated, and have either been written by, or been told to us by, people whose first language isn’t English. The challenge is to retain their voice while also ensuring the story is understandable and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Due to the sensitive nature of the stories I also have to be aware of potential libel issues.
I'm one of the four key writers involved in creating Spotted by Locals' new Beirut guide. For Spotted By Locals, I've covered everything from the best of Beirut's street art, to architecture (from the more unusual, to the very traditional), and restaurants.
I wrote SEO-optimised content about hotels and landmarks across the world.
As a freelance journalist, I wrote features on social issues for the Latvian national news agency LSM. I covered topics including migration, children and parenting, and education.
I worked as a freelance writer for English-language monthly magazine Discover Benelux, covering features on travel, fashion, arts and culture, and food. I conducted interviews and worked with hundreds of clients, including the European Parliament, Sofitel, TMT, Galler Chocolate and other major brands.
I researched and wrote features on various Baltic businesses and individual entrepreneurs; interviewed business owners and sourced images; helped edit, re-design, proof and compile the quarterly magazine, BQ Baltic.
I had an investigative role managing the UK angle of a pan-Baltic investigation into banker Vladimir Antonov. Investigated his business, political links, background and assets, and reported on and followed a court case about him over a period of 6 months. Work included submitting FOI requests, tracking down and interviewing key people in investigation.
I managed a team of eight, which included copy-editing all of their work, checking for grammar, spelling and factual errors. I did research covering multiple European legal markets; I interviewed CEOs and lawyers across the world; I researched and wrote new content using a CMS for the website, and for print.
I was a researcher on a pan-European investigation in collaboration with the Financial Times looking at European Structural Funds. The research was used by the FT, an award-winning (Thomson Reuters Reporting Europe Award) BBC File on Four production, a BBC World Service production and a documentary for Al-Jazeera’s People and Power. Work comprised searching for and analysing thousands of records to help build a database of EU funds across Europe to examine where the money had gone. Also assisted with analysis and redaction of the Wikileaks Iraq War Logs to remove any sensitive data before the logs were published.
I hold an MA in Investigative Journalism. Topics covered included business and financial journalism to investigations into individuals, organisations and corporations to miscarriages of justice. I learned the essential skills required by the media industry such as producing news and feature material, interviewing, production, law, structure of government and ethics.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology. It very much tied in with my interest in justice and social issues. I spent one year on Erasmus exchange studying the same subjects in French at the Université Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, France.