WHAT I DO...

“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.” —Hunter S. Thompson

 

Welcome to the 'About Me', a page that apparently always needs to start with a cool-sounding quote from someone suitably cool. Ideally, it'll also sit alongside a photo that has had so many filters applied to it that it's virtually CGI. Hopefully I haven't disappointed on either point.

I am a writer and editor available for writing commissions and consultancy work. I have been a journalist for 12 years, working in newspapers, consumer-facing magazine, websites and branded content.  Unless you count student newspapers (most people don't!), I actually started my career in China working for proto-Time Out magazine, Shanghai Talk. As well as reviews and what's on features, I also wrote on a number of major issues facing China at the time. But it was mostly bar and restaurant reviews. (No complaints here!).

I returned to England to complete my NCTJ (I can still do 'Ladies and Gentleman' in Shorthand!) and I joined the News of the World's online team to manage the entire website content for Fabulous Magazine and the newspaper's sports desk. I quickly worked my way up and joined the features desk as Showbiz Reporter, where I spent three years covering the biggest showbiz events, and interviewing the biggest names in showbiz. I also interviewed Jedward.

Next up, I spent a year of freelance shift work for various women's and men's consumer titles, including Reveal, Best, More and Nuts and many others, before joining ZOO Magazine as Deputy News Editor. I was promoted to News & Games Editor, winning awards (and losing others) for the magazine's gaming coverage.

After more than three years at ZOO, I joined Egmont UK to work at Toxic Magazine, the country's best-selling boys' lifestyle title, before being named Editor a year later. During that time, I also launched Glitch - initially a one-off gaming magazine I created called 'Download', which was pushed out as Glitch for a full launch a year later. I also worked as a Development Editor on a number of other titles, including high-profile pitches *still* in the process of being decided on. So, watch this space...

I joined AB Comms for a year, editing various publications pitched at internal audiences for brands such as Hitachi Rail, Post Office, KPMG and more. At the IoIC Awards 2018, the magazine I edited for Hitachi Rail (Fusion) won three Awards of Excellence, including Best Storytelling. It also received the top Gold Award for Best News Magazine (Print).

Since 2018, I have been editing Virgin TV Edit.

Freelance, I specialise in men's and women's lifestyle features, celebrity interviews, travel articles, video games, as well as humour and opinion pieces - although as you can see from the collection of cuttings on this site and the list of places below, I write practically anything for anywhere.

I live with my wife and cat in East Dulwich, and OBVIOUSLY I'm trying to write a book.

 

Contact me at wordsbysimon@gmail.com, follow me on Twitter @simonjward, or view my full LinkedIn profile here.

 

Current Position

Virgin TV Edit (Redwood) - Editor (2018-Current)

LoadingLife.co.uk - Founder and Editor (2017-Current)

Previous Positions

AB - Editor (2017-2018)

GLITCH magazine (formerly '(DOWNLOAD') - Launch Editor (2015-2017)

TOXIC magazine - Editor (2014-2017)

ZOO magazine - News & Games Editor (2010-2014)

News of the World - Showbiz Reporter (2007-2010)

Shanghai TALK - Assistant Editor (2007)

 

National Newspapers Experience

News of the World, The Sun, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Press Association, TheLondonPaper, The Non-League Paper.

 

Consumer Lifestyle Experience

The Big Issue, The Week Junior, Time Out London, FHM, Kerrang!, COSMOPOLITAN, Best, Reveal, Now, Nuts, ZOO, More!, Shangahi TALK.

 

Web Experience

Virgin Media, Redwood, Huffington Post UK Comedy, News of the World, ZOO, TOXIC, Fabulous.

 

Branded Content, Copywriting, Advertorials, Internal Comms

Virgin Media, ZOO, TOXIC, Shanghai TALK, Hitachi Rail, Post Office, Wolseley, KPMG, Covestro.

 

Books

TOXIC Annual 2015, The Week Junior Annual 2018, The Week Junior Science + Nature.

 

Awards

Best News Magazine (Print) for Hitachi Rail's Fusion - IoIC Awards 2018

Best Storytelling for Hitachi Rail's Fusion - IoIC Awards 2018

Best Mainstream Media Brand - Games Media Awards 2016 (nominated as Editor of Toxic Magazine)

Mainstream Magazine Writer - Games Media Awards 2013 (nominated)

MCV's 30 Under 30 (named).