March 2010 to present
This is the village magazine for Sawston, delivered to about a third of its three thousand households and sold in the shops, with a print run of about 1,300 copies. It’s currently 44 pages plus a four-page pull-out directory of local info and diary of local events, printed in black with a full-colour cover (a recent innovation).
I manage a production team of ten volunteers and am building up a network of local writers and photographers. Working with a friend, I’ve changed the style to make the tone positive and accessible; turned random bits of information into a useful local directory; and revamped the design to make the magazine more lively and readable. For each issue, I may write articles, do interviews, take photographs, research news, and compile information; I edit the magazine and write an editorial, and lay out all the pages in Quark Xpress to export to PDF for digital printing.
In Cambridge Building Society’s Community Magazine Awards for 2011, the magazine won the Gold award in its class – low-frequency magazines, published less than twelve times a year – and the award for the Most Improved magazine.
I built our website sawstonscene.org
in WordPress, and have set up several mailing lists in MailChimp, including a weekly email of local events called the Friday email.
November 2006 to December 2009 (voluntary work)
I wrote articles, commissioned copy, sub-edited copy, designed ads, redesigned and laid out the 52-page magazine; organised printing and liaised with the printer.
I’ve done design work mostly as an amateur but like to keep my hand in as the technology changes so quickly: I specialise in low-budget publications with an emphasis on information design and typography.
I wanted to write, and produced both informative factual articles for new parents and more personal pieces. Here’s an example of a personal piece.
Stopped to become editor of my local village magazine.