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Suzanne Bearne is a London/Margate-based journalist who mainly writes for The Guardian and the BBC. She regularly works shifts at the Guardian, where she commissions new content and edits. She recently worked in a part-time commissioning editor role for Guardian Media & Tech for six months. She has also written for The Telegraph, The Independent, Stylist, the Evening Standard, Women's Health, The Big Issue, Vogue, The Business of Fashion, The Times Education Supplement, The Scotsman, Refinery 29, The Debrief, Jigsaw magazine, High50, Drapers, Retail Week, Stylus, Marketing, The Drum, and Professional Beauty. It's a pretty widespread list, but there are a few specialisms hidden in there. Firstly, small businesses. For more than 10 years I’ve interviewed the passionate owners of small companies (and become insanely jealous that my lightbulb moment just hasn't happened yet. Although I do love my job. Promise) up and down the country and covered pretty much all aspects of entrepreneurship. Other specialisms include retail, fashion and technology. I'm ex Drapers/Retail Week and have read more company results than you'd care to know. During my freelance career, I've planned my funeral for The Telegraph, highlighted the impact of volunteering in a long feature for Stylist, scooped the Media Award 2016 for my Guardian piece on how the tech community is helping with the refugee crisis, investigated the booming wearables market for The Guardian, researched the best independent shops for Vogue, knocked out travel pieces on Tel Aviv and Madrid for The Debrief, looked into the alternative funerals industry for the BBC, explored how technology has dramatically changed the fashion industry for The Guardian and reviewed hotels and spas worldwide for numerous titles. That's always a tough gig. And as a roving reporter, I've interviewed major chiefs including the boss of Instagram, Ann Summers chief executive Jacqueline Gold and ex Ultimo boss Michelle Mone. I regularly sit in for the editors at the Guardian’s Small Business Network and Careers desks, where I edit features and commission articles. I’ve freelanced as assistant editor at Professional Beauty and news editor at Drapers. I'm also a copywriter and write reports. In my former life I was a full-time copywriter, a role that involved writing, editing and proofreading material from an in-depth reports and brochures to posters and leaflets. I also write, edit and proofread anything from reports to advertorials. I have an unstoppable dose of wanderlust and have called New York (twice), Berlin, Lisbon, Sydney and York home during my adult life. Like most of London, I packed my bags and headed to Margate last year.Locked Pro Plan feature
Experienced writer for a range of titles including The Guardian, BBC, The Big Issue, Stylist, the Evening Standard, The Independent, Drapers and Retail Week. I regularly work shifts at the Guardian, where I often work in a commissioning editor role. This involves dreaming up content ideas, commissioning freelancers and industry insiders, and editing content. I also manage social media accounts and host live chats.
Worked on a fast-paced newsdesk where I regularly broke exclusive stories across print and online. My work also appeared in sister title Retail Week. I also wrote brand profiles, analysis pieces, reported on trends from tradeshows in the UK and overseas, judged indie retailers and profiled some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.
I covered the fast-changing digital landscape with a particular focus on media, travel, ecommerce, ad networks and behavioural targeting. At New Media Age, I regularly broke some of the biggest stories in my sectors, profiled the biggest names in the industry, and wrote in-depth features. I also wrote a weekly own column on the advertising industry, which was read by thousands of people. I regularly covered the news editor position.
From the awards: Suzanne Bearne’s “The global tech community tackles the refugee crisis” on the Guardian Media & Tech Network has won the media award for its inspirational reporting of innovative initiatives that use digital technology to support the integration of refugee newcomers. Speaking to an audience across the tech sector, Suzanne Bearne makes clear their potential role in tackling the challenges of forced migration. Her article shows how digital solutions can help at every stage from locating accommodation for the destitute to relaunching professional careers. Emphasising the need to share ideas across borders, it highlights some actions that create active roles for refugees themselves, reminding us that their arrival can unlock new ideas and resources within those communities and ‘host’ society alike.