My roots are in traditional magazine journalism and print journalism. Like a lot of wannabe journalists, I started out writing articles for my college newspaper, eventually being promoted to news editor. From there I progressed to brochures and local newspapers and magazines. I’d write anything anyone would let me, from advertorials and movie reviews to stories of local interest and copy for holiday brochures.
I’ve always been a big fan of movies and cult television, and writing about films and television is a big passion of mine. I can still remember the buzz I felt when my first movie review was published in my local newspaper. I’ve worked for some big names in the entertainment publishing world, including Titan Magazines, Visual Imagination, Eaglemoss and Fresh Flame. Writing mainly features alongside celebrity interviews, quizzes and reviews, I’ve written for official TV tie-ins, film and lifestyle magazines and part-works.
As much as I love the here-and-now culture of online journalism, there’s no getting away from the fact that digital media has had a huge part to play in killing off many mainstream magazines. For me though, tablet editions of magazines just don’t have the same appeal. Although it’s a very different story for newspapers; I’ll happily catch up on the days news online. But that’s also probably because I dislike grubby newspaper fingers!
What do I love most about print magazines? That’s easy. The physicality and the fact that they engage so many senses. Here’s just a few examples showcasing my magazine work:
Hawker’s Cuisine, a popular Malaysian restaurant in Perth, Western Australia, approached me to help them write an article for Malino Air’s inflight magazine. The aim of the article was to promote the restaurant to travellers looking for delicious authentic Malaysian food in Perth.
Tse Yin spoke to Kate Anderson about how she came to be involved with the Chung Wah Magazine, and what led her to choose a career as a graphic designer.
The theme of this issue was professionalism. I was asked to interview Tse Yin Chang, who has been Chung Wah Magazine’s web and graphic designer for the past three years.
This year I had the opportunity to experience my first ever Chinese New Year festival, when I popped along to Northbridge for the Chung Wah Association’s family-friendly one-day street celebration.
Asian movies have been influencing the Western film industry since the 1960s. For over 50 years Hollywood has been looking to the East and foreign cinema for inspiration, remaking and reimagining some of Asia’s most popular movies.
For this issue, my brief was to write an article about the Chinese New Year festivities in Perth, Western Australia. A free event, hosted by the Chung Wah Association and the City of Perth, it was my first ever experience of a Chinese New Year festival.
What does being professional actually mean? To some it might mean dressing smartly for a job, while other people might take it to mean having degrees and certifications or simply maintaining a professional attitude at work by being reliable, respectful and competent.
2015 is an important year for people born under the goat sign. So for this Year of the Goat themed issue, I was commissioned to write an article about how the goat is represented in the Western world.
The British love football with a passion. But it seems we don’t have a monopoly on our obsession for watching grown men in shorts running around a football pitch chasing a ball. Australians, I’ve discovered, are just as fanatical about their footie.
For this issue I was asked to write about Asian films from a Western perspective. I’m a huge movie fan, so this particular article was a great deal of fun to write.
A nation of takeaway lovers, Britain has a vibrant and thriving Chinese community, scattered amongst its major towns and cities. Thanks to our growing appetite for foreign cuisine, the Chinese food scene in Britain is booming.
Famed for its glorious beaches, hot sunny weather, laid back lifestyle and stunning scenery, Australia is overflowing with attributes.
For this issue I was commissioned by the Chung Wah Association to contribute an article for their Aussie Rules Football themed issue.
My second commission for the Western Australian Chung Wah Association. The brief was to write an article about Perth and Western Australia from my perspective to be published in their flagship magazine.
I was commissioned by the Chung Wah Association to write an article for their flagship publication, the Chung Wah Magazine. The brief was to write a 600-800 word article on the “spices of life” theme, specifically about Chinese food culture in the UK.
To contribute feature articles, celebrity interviews, reviews and quizzes for official TV tie-in publications including The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey’s Anatomy, 24, Smallville, Heroes and Charmed. I’ve always been a big fan of movies and cult television, and writing about films and TV is a big passion of mine.
To plan, research and write features and actor/character profiles for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Figurine Collection’s accompanying magazine. After the magazine’s success I was also asked to write for the complete Buffy and Angel DVD collection. This involved contributing one main feature on an agreed theme for the partwork series, in addition to character/actor profiles.
To write a 500-word article for Britain’s biggest selling movie magazine, Empire. The article looked at how movies influenced plot lines in The X-Files TV series. Being such a huge fan of movies in general, I was thrilled to get published in such a prominent and well respected publication.
Writing features, articles and celebrity interviews about cult television for two magazines, Cult Times and Xposé as well as associated special editions. The TV shows I covered included The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
To interview an American stuntwoman, April Weeden-Washington for an article to be published in Woman magazine, the UK’s number one selling weekly lifestyle magazine for women. One of Hollywood’s leading stuntwomen, April has doubled for Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez.