Rosalind Gibb Media, set up in 2014, provides tailor-made copywriting for businesses’ and charities’ websites, advertising supplements and marketing media (such as brochures and press releases); oral histories, for publications and exhibitions; full magazines and books (from finding content and images to designing and editing); as well as editing and proofreading services. For more about this, please see Services.
As a writer I enjoy sharing thoughts, views and experiences (and keeping myself amused). I kept a blog called One Edinburgh Summer and published my first book in 2014, which you can read more about here
Back in 2003 I gained a MA in Print Journalism from what was then London College of Printing (now London College of Communication and part of the University of the Arts). But I learned the ropes working as a reporter and feature writer for various regional press publications, including the Edinburgh Evening News and the News & Star in Carlisle. From the wilds of north west England to tranquil Perthshire, I’ve explored some of the remotest parts of the UK. And I really do mean explored – it’s lucky navigation skills aren’t a prerequisite for journalism, that’s for sure! (And don’t get me started on the joys of bus travel in rural areas..)
Writing well, accurately, and at speed are essentials, of course, and I’ve always relished the challenge of getting creative with copy but to a tight deadline. I’ve written hundreds of features, arts previews and reviews, profile pieces and travel articles over the years and for the most part loved it; it’s been quite a privilege to meet such a variety of people with moving, surreal, wonderful or extraordinary stories to tell, most of whom I’d never have met otherwise.
I won’t ever forget joining a 94-year-old RAF veteran for lunch (pork pie and a crumpet) and tales aplenty; interviewing the UK entrant before he headed to the World Logging Championships (lots of frantic chainsaw action where penalty points are given for different grades of cuts sustained); going out on a lifeboat (from Silloth Station) in the choppy Irish Sea early one Sunday morning… and many more, too many to write about here. See some samples of my feature writing in the My Work section.
Latterly I worked as a magazine editor, producing monthly, 32-page community publications for three areas of Edinburgh, which received extremely positive feedback. In between all of the above was an eight month stint doing voluntary harvest and gardening work in Italy. You can read more about this here: http://showmecolour.wordpress.com/ Memories of this trip also feature in my book – if, or indeed when (let’s think positively) you read it you’ll understand why I decided to go in the first place, and why it was so enriching.
I have a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification and once worked as a word ‘tracker’ for Chambers, finding and filing new words to add to the next edition, back in the day when the internet didn’t have the (possible) answer to everything you ever wanted to know, and dictionaries took pride of place on many a bookshelf.