Career highlightEditor, BBC Focus
The monthly magazine covered popular science and technology
That wasn’t the first time I’d worked on Focus. Back in 1996, I’d gone there for a work experience placement — my first experience of publishing. At that time it was more of a general interest magazine, albeit one with articles on aliens and the paranormal to cash in on the huge popularity of sci-fi TV show The X-Files.
It’s lovely to win awards, but I’m most proud of overseeing a programme of work experience for students. The editorial team provided structured feedback and writing experience to young scientists and science communication students on short placements. Since then, I’m delighted that some of the best students have gone on to land well-deserved jobs in the media.
Also at BBC Focus, and with the help of my former colleague Andy Ridgway, I set up a media partnership with UWE Bristol’s Science Communication Unit. The partnership involved publicising the competition, helping to judge the entries, and publishing the winning entries.