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Sophie Harris

Journalist and CopywriterLondon, United Kingdom
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Sophie Harris

Journalist and CopywriterLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Hello! I’m a writer, editor and copywriter, currently working for The Guardian, Rolling Stone and MOJO. I've a decade's experience at international titles, and specialize in music, travel and health.
Projects
  • BBC Travel: Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritual
    BBC Travel: Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritualInvestigating why Russian people sniff bread while drinking vodka, as a way of offering insight into the realities of Russian life – at a time when sympathetic cultural insight is sorely lacking. Written for BBC Travel. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190212-russias-strange-bread-sniffing-ritual
  • Kiosk: Honest Jon's – To Boldly Go
    Kiosk: Honest Jon's – To Boldly GoThe quintessential London story. Record shop Honest Jons opened its doors four decades ago in Ladbroke Grove, and now operates as both a store and a record label. I discovered the secret to its success, and quizzed co-owner Alan Scholefield on its key releases in a piece for culture mag Kiosk, produced by Kings Cross developer Argent. https://kioskn1c.com/work/honest-jons-to-boldly-go/
  • KX Quarterly: The Community Store
    KX Quarterly: The Community StoreFor Argent's King's Cross development quarterly, I visited STORE Projects – an outstanding organisation that operates public workshops and ploughs the profits into funding after-school clubs for local state school kids. It was great, but I wish I hadn't touched that rope made from human hair... https://www.kingscross.co.uk/newspaper/2019/02/13/the-community-store
  • The Guardian: Phosphorescent
    The Guardian: PhosphorescentWriting about my favourite artist for my favourite publication made this something of a dream assignment, not least because the album is a career best and the story is so good: the Nashville songwriter went from rock 'n' roller to happily settled dad-of-two via a brush with death. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/10/phosphorescent-album-interview
  • Rolling Stone: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’ – 10 Things You Didn’t Know
    Rolling Stone: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’ – 10 Things You Didn’t KnowFor this 10th anniversary album special, we looked at how tin-foil-covered walls, a Bulgarian psychiatrist and a sneaker giant helped shape James Murphy’s 2007 opus. This was particularly fun to write because I'd interviewed Murphy for MOJO when he first made the record, so I had tons of material to draw on. I admire the way that Rolling Stone's brilliant online content gives its readers something they can't get from the magazine alone.
  • Time Out NY: The best yoga studios in NYC
    Time Out NY: The best yoga studios in NYCBesides being an experienced copywriter and editor, I also trained as a yoga teacher in my spare time, while living and working in New York (2009-16). This has been such a boon in my creative life – I'm able to write about health and lifestyle with genuine expertise. I developed this SEO-friendly online package for Time Out NY in response to New Yorkers' demand for information on where to find the best yoga in the city.
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Work history
    Subeditor
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    As a freelance subeditor at The Guardian I work primarily on The Guide and also head up special projects, including the Guide’s dedicated Manchester International Festival edition. Besides subediting, I also produce features for The Guardian's website. Other subbing clients include St James's House, The Big Issue and Suitcase Media. I adore copywriting, and recent clients include Belmond and St James's House. I’m adept in editing and writing in both British and American English.
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    WriterBauer Media
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Recent work for MOJO Magazine include interviews with Cat Power, Gruff Rhys, Let's Eat Grandma and Stuart Murdoch, plus reviews of Charlotte Gainsbourg in Hamburg and Magnetic Fields in New York. Books I have contributed to include 1000 Songs You Must Own, The MOJO Collection and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
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Skills
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Cultural Journalism
  • Article Writing
  • Sub-editing
  • Music Consulting
  • Brand Tone
  • Music Journalism
  • Editing
  • Content Creation