I’m a freelance editor who has been working in online and print media for over 20 years. Employed by leading content publishing houses such as Redwood, River, Dennis and Future, I’ve been privileged to have been able to edit and launch magazines and websites in a wide range of markets from consumer tech to photography, travel and lifestyle.
SOCIAL MEDIA & PRINT
I have launched (and relaunched) newsstand publications, customer magazines and websites and been involved in conceptual projects aimed at winning new business. Most recently, I’ve been working for Jessops, writing weekly blogs on photography and new camera launches, as well as posts for their various social channels. Alongside this, I maintain my own social channels for Instagram, Flickr and 500px and have 4000 followers, plus I write weekly blogs on photography for this website.
My editorial proposal helped River scoop Monarch’s inflight magazine, Passport, which I went on to edit for a couple of years. Around the same time I helped launch The Post, a print mag offering intelligent editorial for 50-something readers. Along the way, I’ve edited magazines for Virgin Holidays, Virgin Trains, Sega and Co-Op Travel, while on the newsstand I relaunched gadget mag, T3, and headed up Future’s technology portfolio.
I recently spent a year blogging about photography for Jessops, looking at new hardware and making photography easier to understand. With my experience in travel journalism, I also write travel articles and have written over 50 travel-related stories for the Staysure website, covering favourite holiday hotspots, buying abroad and expat issues.
SOCIAL MEDIA & PRINT
As well as these editorial skills, I’m a keen photographer. This means I not only have a good eye for what makes a striking cover, I’m more than happy to take my own photos when I’m out and about. Having launched both Computer Arts and Advanced Photoshop magazines onto UK newsstands, I’m skilled at post, too. Examples of my photography can be found here.
PITCHING FOR NEW BUSINESS
I am often involved in new business pitches, coming up with branded content proposals and pitching creative concepts to the client. I’m skilled at finding ways to build online communities around a brand, increasing points of contact between clients and their customers. Having launched a wide range of newsstand magazines in a variety of markets, I am often asked in to come up with the creative concept for new business pitches, visualising innovative ways of transferring a clients’ brand values into engaging and relevant content. I have pitched for Thomas Cook Holidays, First Direct and Transpenine Trains (among others), with original approaches that employ digital and print to better connect customers to the brand. I’m skilled at working with clients and with big or small teams.
Mark Higham’s CV
A rundown of my experience…
Content curator/blogger, Jessops (River)
July 2018 – July 2019
I had a great year writing weekly blogs for Jessops on how to improve your photography skills, interspersed with news on new camera technology, from the latest mirrorless cameras to drones. At the same time I was responsible for providing content for their core social media channels. During this time I also edited a print mag covering a wide range of photographic techniques, which went out to all their stores.
Editor, Passport for Monarch Airlines (River)
July 2012 – Jan 2017
Monarch loved our pitch right from the off and it was the easiest win I’ve ever been involved in. I went on to launch and edit the magazine and in later issues began to use my own photography. On several occasions the client requested my shots for use on the cover.
Freelance Editor, The Post (for Staysure)
May 2011 – July 2012
Initially, for about a year, I wrote weekly blogs for insurance giant, Staysure. These covered travel and insurance subjects, aimed mainly at the over-50s. In early 2012, the company decided they wanted to launch a topical print magazine for that demographic. I jointly headed up the editorial team to create the first issue of The Post. Ultimately costs proved too high for Staysure and they changed their minds about the venture before issue two was launched.
Freelance Managing Editor, BlackRock
Responsible for uploading content to WordPress, and managing the company’s online presence.
Editor, Rock & Roam (River)
October 2008-May 2012
I pitched for, and we won the contract to produce Virgin Holidays’ Rock & Roam magazine, which I launched in 2008. In the four years it was with River, it was shortlisted for every one of the APA’s Best Travel Magazine awards, winning the award in 2010. I went on to create a digital edition of the magazine to build a more immediate dialogue with customers.
Around this time, I also edited editions of Traveller (Europe) and Sailaway (a cruise title), both for Co-Op.
Freelance Editor, River
October 2007 – September 2008
I first started working for River in 2007, initially performing managing editor duties on The Address Book (for Hamptons Estate Agents). The project involved pulling together a design team in India with UK writers and co-ordinating up to five editions of the magazine and played to my strengths as an organiser. I then went on to edit Hotline, a magazine for Virgin Trains.
Nov 2006-Oct 2007
Various freelance projects: Managing editor duties on Hamptons International customer magazine, Hotline freelance, Co-Op Traveller. I also worked for Redwood where I launch edited their pitch for the official Sony licence.
June 2005 – Jan 2006
Initially brought in to launch Adobe’s Advanced Photoshop magazine, targeting professional creatives, I was then tasked with refocusing and relaunching many of the problem titles in Highbury’s portfolio. I repositioned two of their internet titles (Web Designer and Practical Web Projects) and was involved in steering the direction of iCreate and ebuyer. Working for a cash-strapped company with big ambitions and low staff morale presented problems but by inspiring teams with creative ideas for their magazines and building individuals’ self-confidence, I achieved considerable success before the company collapsed due to refinancing problems.
Freelance editing & writing;
March 2004 – May 2005
After spending a year travelling around Australia and Thailand I returned to the UK to pursue a long-held ambition to write a novel. Working with agents and publishers, I made considerable progress but was ultimately wooed back to the office and my first love of magazines when Highbury approached me to launch a new title for them.
Editor-in-Chief, T3, Home Entertainment, Hi-Fi Choice
Future Publishing; Sept 2001 – Feb 2003
I relaunched T3, Future’s biggest consumer technology magazine, and moved the magazine from Bath to London, employing a whole new team and taking the title to the next level. By focusing on maximising the inherent strengths of the brand, the relaunch was a success and T3beat its closest rival, Stuff, for the first time. After this, I was made Editor-in-Chief over Future’s entire technology portfolio, managing three editorial teams and taking ultimate responsibility for three montly newsstand publications and brand extensions targeting affluent ABC1 males in the gadget and hi-fi sectors. I quickly established strong links with the industry in the US and UK, attending frequent US shows and networking events to build the profile of the magazine. While Editor-in-Chief and with continued day-to-day responsibilities for T3, I identified the need for a relaunch of Home Entertainment and worked closely with the editorial team and its editor to implement it. I was also involved in refreshing the T3 site to reflect a new perspective on the magazine and helped bring print articles online that would increase visitors and build brand loyalty. I eventually left T3 to go travelling.
Editor-in-Chief, Digital Life magazine; Future Publishing
While still in charge of Create, Future asked me to come up with the concept and dummy for the proposed launch of a consumer homes magazine called Digital Life. Addressing an upmarket audience, the title was set to be a style conscious read that tapped into an escalating interest in design and technology. It was Wallpaper meets Stuff but ultimately never came to market due to a sudden upheaval in the company’s fortunes.
Editor-in-Chief, Create magazine; Future Publishing;
May 2000- Sept 2001
I launched Create as an original concept. A high-end design magazine targeting Web creatives, it was highly respected immediately from launch and scooped many awards, including PPA Business Editor of Year 2001, PPA Design of the Year 2001, Total Publishing Art Editor of the Year 2000, Total Publishing Magazine of the Year 2000, BSME Business Editor of the Year 2001 (Highly Commended). Every issue of Create was treated as a big event. Cover treatments, features and interviews were designed to get to the heart of big issues and controversies in the industry. By building strong links with Web designers and innovators in the US and Europe, I was able to arrange round-table discussions and seminars on a monthly basis, quickly putting Create at the heart of its industry. Working with my Web editor, I planned the website that ran alongside the magazine, coming up with imaginative ways to keep Web designers returning to the site and building a community online that could feed back into the print magazine.
Editor-in-Chief, Sega Dreamcast (official magazine);
Sega / Dennis Publishing;
Oct 1999-Feb 2000
I was drafted in on a project to pitch for the official Sega Dreamcast license. We competed against five other publishing companies but by tapping into Sega’s brand values I produced a unique games magazine oozing with passion and a strong sense of community. We ultimately won the contract and I went on to launch and edit the first three issues.
Editor, various magazines;
Future / Dennis; June 1992 – Oct 1999
My career started at Future Publishing where I quickly rose up through the ranks to the position of Editor. As well as the titles listed above, I have also edited and launched a variety of publications including games magazines, an internet publication and computing titles including PC Format. In 1994 I was sent by Future to the US to edit the country’s second biggest games magazine (GamePlayers, with over 750k readers) and steer it through a relaunch and a move from East to West Coast. In 1996 I launched Computer Arts, a digital arts publication that still runs today. I also launched Escape (a male interest internet-focused title) for Dennis Publishing and PC Guide for Future Publishing. In 1997 I worked with Dennis Publishing on a magazine launch for clubbing brand, Ministry of Sound. And in 1998, I relaunched the company’s premier PC games magazine, achieving the title’s biggest-ever sales figures.