About me

 

I am a freelance journalist (and teacher) based in Oxford, UK, writing about technology, culture and the intersection between the two. I contribute to some of the biggest brands in the global media such as The Economist, Wired (UK), The Guardian,  The Independent/ i and now BBC Future. I had my first piece in The FT Weekend last year. I have spent the last six months developing a popular tech book proposal for an agent.

The stories I pitch are usually exclusives, original ideas or creative takes on existing stories. I never use press releases.

I also write regularly for Warwick Business School’s Core magazine. I have two pieces waiting to come out in the next edition. WBS is one of the top business schools in the UK.

A couple of years ago I was headhunted to write about technology for the New York based – and Frankfurt Book Fair owned – Publishing Perspectives. I now have a regular gig covering a wider beat that takes in ed-tech, marketing and management as well. I cover both the London and Frankfurt Book Fair for Publishing Perspectives.

From time to time I give advice to business leaders on giving that tricky speech and appearing on panels, written copy for them, helped start-ups on how to tell their stories, and run workshops for small groups on topics like story telling or how-to-pitch.

Want to see a sample of what I have written?

Here are six to get you going

Virtual Reality: The Next Frontier was one of three stories about tech in The FT Weekend Magazine – one by the amazing Douglas Coupland, another by the FT’s US editor and then mine! It shared the front cover with the Douglas Coupland story.
Copping a ‘Copter: Dealing with rogue drones for The Economist which was one of five stories flagged up on the front cover (second time in a month), number three story on Editor’s choice email and main double page feature of the Science and Technology section
Amazon is a more modest beast was the first of four previews of the Publishing for Digital Minds conference/ the London Book Fair that I wrote this year for Publishing Perspectives and made quite a stir in the world of publishing on the eve of the LBF.
Oxford aims for “number one” tech hub title was an exclusive feature for Wired.co.uk and included my first and exclusive interview with a UK government cabinet minister.
Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel? covered 3 colour pages in The Observer Tech Monthly and was originally commissioned at 2,500 words and ended up being 3,700 words long – an editor from a rival publication called it a mammoth piece of work.
How technology could spell the end of animal drug testing? was a double page colour feature in The Observer’s Discovery section and was liked almost 9000 times on Facebook.

You can check out journalisted.com for a longer but still not complete list of what I have written – it excludes my work for the likes of The Times Educational Supplement (TES) and Mark Ellen’s The Word.

If you want to get in touch with a story idea, a writing project or a training engagement then please do so via Twitter, LinkedIn or the comment section of this site.

2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Dear Mark, I’ve just read your article “Inside the Classroom of the Future” on Publishing Perspectives. It was very interesting and I would like to invite you to write in our academic blog “Waiting for an echo” (from Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia Press) a short article about what you call “hybrid textbooks” to delve a bit more into it, if possible. We would appreciate it if you could send us your email address where we can send you the Guidelines to publish in our blog: http://esperandoeleco.ucc.edu.co/en/. Looking forward to your reply.

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  2. Mark, Hi. I enjoyed your article ‘Fuel of the Future’ in Tuesday’s ‘i’ (20.12.2016) – about Biofuels as a possible, if controversial, replacement for aircraft fuels. Since then I read some of your other pieces with interest – while looking for your email address – this is as close as I could get. Good luck with your popular tech book – I was recently at Radical Technology Revisited – 40th anniversary of a book by the editors of Undercurrents magazine. In their review of 40 years they mentioned that they had failed to predict solar photovoltaics – and they had predicted the hydrogen economy but it had not yet materialised. Fair game – at the time a solar PV roof might have cost quarter of a million pounds, while I bought a 3 bedroom flat in London in 1976 for £14,000. And a hydrogen economy requires cheap solar energy. The convergence of these is best described in John Bockris’s visionary 1975 book ‘Energy, the Solar Hydrogen Alternative’. He foresees a time when low surplus cost solar electricity will be used to make cheap hydrogen, and that – inter alia – this will replace ‘natural gas’ (methane) for winter heat. And it becomes an aircraft fuel – the biggest thing is that hydrogen has three times the energy density of aircraft fuel – extending range and payloads while eliminating pollution. He proposes a slurry of liquid / solid hydrogen stored in the wings, and as it evaporates it can cool the wings, allowing faster speeds (including supersonic) with cheaper wings (aluminium vs. titanium). The development of composites and aerogels (super insulators) would make all this more feasible and likely. Biofuels for aircraft are a first step to sustainable air travel – but messy for all the reasons you give. Hydrogen requires new designs, by may be the answer in the long haul.

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