Debbi Marco

Journalist, editor, copywriter, broadcaster, lecturer
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ABOUT ME

I’m Debbi

With years of experience on national newspapers and magazines, I am an all-round writer and editor. I’m equally at home with project managing an entire publication, writing tightly to brief or finding that perfect case study to illustrate your campaign or feature.

During my career, I have edited commercial magazines and charity membership magazines, as well as the lifestyle section of a national newspaper and the consumer pages of a national weekly magazine.

I work closely with charities and other organisations, such as universities, providing storytelling expertise and copywriting.

I’m also available for media training, broadcast work, ghostwriting and lecturing.

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MY WORK

What I do

 

Journalism

If you need an experienced journalist to turn around copy at top speed, then look no further. Whether it’s a real-life story, celebrity interview, zeitgeisty lifestyle piece or news article, I’ll write to the style and length that fits your publication.

I’m a skilled editor brimming with ideas and contacts. I have strong InDesign and subbing skills, enabling me to complete any project to the highest of standards. See my editing portfolio here.

Copywriting

If you’re looking to inject some spark into your communications, repurpose copy or need help with report writing and analysis, I can help. With my strong editorial skills, I will be sensitive to your organisation’s tone of voice and your key audience. I will communicate your message in plain English, whether you have 300 words or 30,000 words to play with. I have experience working with charities, universities and small businesses. Contact me to find out more about my copywriting work.

Broadcasting

At home in front of a television camera or in a recording studio, I’m happy to be interviewed for both TV and radio. I can provide talking head soundbites or a longer interview on a variety of topics, although I often specialise in fitness and parenting. I’m a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland discussion panels. I’m very flexible and usually available at short notice. Contact me to find out more about my broadcasting work.

Lecturing

Bring your media courses to life with a working journalist who has first-hand stories to tell about today’s writing and communication industry. I’m happy to guest lecture on my experience of print media and can tailor my lectures to your course or cover specific issues as requested. Contact me to find out more about my lecturing work.

Journalism

If you need an experienced journalist to turn around copy at top speed, then look no further. Whether it’s a real-life story, celebrity interview, zeitgeisty lifestyle piece or news article, I’ll write to the style and length that fits your publication.

I’m a skilled editor brimming with ideas and contacts. I have strong InDesign and subbing skills, enabling me to complete any project to the highest of standards.

Copywriting

If you’re looking to inject some spark into your communications, repurpose copy or need help with report writing and analysis, I can help. With my strong editorial skills, I will be sensitive to your organisation’s tone of voice and your key audience. I will communicate your message in plain English, whether you have 300 words or 30,000 words to play with. I have experience working with charities, universities and small businesses. Contact me to find out more about my copywriting work.

Broadcasting

At home in front of a television camera or in a recording studio, I’m happy to be interviewed for both TV and radio. I can provide talking head soundbites or a longer interview on a variety of topics, although I often specialise in fitness and parenting. I’m a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland discussion panels. I’m very flexible and usually available at short notice. Contact me to find out more about my broadcasting work.

Lecturing

Bring your media courses to life with a working journalist who has first-hand stories to tell about today’s writing and communication industry. I’m happy to guest lecture on my experience of print media and can tailor my lectures to your course or cover specific issues as requested. Contact me to find out more about my lecturing work.

Let me help your charity stand out from the crowd

Are you looking for the perfect case study to illustrate your latest campaign? Do you need content for your print or online publications? I can edit and write for in-house publications such as membership magazines, impact reports or blog posts. I will help your charity be heard above the crowd by providing training on tone of voice, press releases and communications.

Charity copywriting & editing

I will write a blog or feature to your exact requirements, including the stories of your members.

I can analyse and streamline impact reports or research findings to make them ready to read for key audiences, including sub-editing and working with designers to oversee production, including images and final layout.

Media Training

I provide workshops on how to pitch case studies to national and local media. I will work with your content team on tone of voice as well as internal and external communications, including how to write the perfect press release and top tips on how to get your charity into your chosen press.

Stories

Storytelling is key for any charity to highlight a trend or campaign. I can help you find the perfect case study, interview them sensitively and write either a first-person piece or third person account, or brief them to write their own blog depending on your needs.

Let me help your charity stand out from the crowd

Are you looking for the perfect case study to illustrate your latest campaign, or need content for your print or online publications? I can edit and write for in-house publications such as membership magazines, impact reports or blog posts. I will help your charity be heard above the crowd by providing training on tone of voice, press releases and communications.

Charity copywriting & editing

I will write a blog or feature to your exact requirements, including the stories of your members.

I can analyse and streamline impact reports or research findings to make them ready to read for key audiences, including sub-editing and working with designers to oversee production, including images and final layout.

Media Training

I provide workshops on how to pitch case studies to national and local media. I will work with your content team on tone of voice as well as internal and external communications, including how to write the perfect press release and top tips on how to get your charity into your chosen press.

Stories

Storytelling is key for any charity to highlight a trend or campaign. I can help you find the perfect case study, interview them sensitively and write either a first-person piece or third person account, or brief them to write their own blog depending on your needs.

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PORTFOLIO

My latest journalism work

 

Why we all need good mood food
Why we all need good mood food
Is it time to say no to social media?
Is it time to say no to social media?
Ho Ho! Christmas is still on
Ho Ho! Christmas is still on
Is this the secret to an appy marriage?
Is this the secret to an appy marriage?
Game on!
Game on!
A batch made in heaven
A batch made in heaven
How to beat stress in five minutes or less
How to beat stress in five minutes or less
The angel whisperer the stars have on speed dial
The angel whisperer the stars have on speed dial
Beauty news
Beauty news
Beauty news
Beauty news
Beauty news
Beauty news
Prostate cancer is on the rise
Prostate cancer is on the rise
The Joy of Missing Out
The Joy of Missing Out
A little cluster-bomb of goodness
A little cluster-bomb of goodness
Beat the Street: the game that’s helping families get fitter
Beat the Street: the game that’s helping families get fitter
I lived with diabetes for 30 years before I found out I had type 1.5
I lived with diabetes for 30 years before I found out I had type 1.5
I was 16 when I found my dad dead…two years later I attempted suicide
I was 16 when I found my dad dead…two years later I attempted suicide
I had incurable breast cancer – but doctors didn’t take me seriously
I had incurable breast cancer – but doctors didn’t take me seriously
How to find your JOMO…
How to find your JOMO…
‘I want others to learn from my brother’s death’
‘I want others to learn from my brother’s death’
The family fitness gap
The family fitness gap
Is paying people to get fit the future of the NHS?
Is paying people to get fit the future of the NHS?
Why do all mums hate the head of the PTA?
Why do all mums hate the head of the PTA?
Naomi Campbell wears a face mask on a plane – so should you?
Naomi Campbell wears a face mask on a plane – so should you?
How meditation became a billion pound business
How meditation became a billion pound business
Savvy Shopper
Savvy Shopper
The male suicide crisis
The male suicide crisis
My son loves ballet…get over it!
My son loves ballet…get over it!
The tiny toes of instagram
The tiny toes of instagram
Mumsnet: Travel System Reviews
Mumsnet: Travel System Reviews
Eco-friendly marathons
Eco-friendly marathons
Sofa-bound kids need an ‘athlete manny’
Sofa-bound kids need an ‘athlete manny’
Five ways to be healthier
Five ways to be healthier
Addicted to the scales
Addicted to the scales
A running battle
A running battle
Running with diabetes
Running with diabetes
Plastic free fortnight
Plastic free fortnight
Is your child training too hard?
Is your child training too hard?
Summer health SOS
Summer health SOS
Make Waves
Make Waves
Our diabetes legacy
Our diabetes legacy
Christmas in 12 hours
Christmas in 12 hours
We chased our dreams
We chased our dreams
I found cancer under my flab
I found cancer under my flab
I lost 18 years of my life
I lost 18 years of my life
The perfect break-up
The perfect break-up
The simple jab that gave me a better body
The simple jab that gave me a better body
Pop-up shops. How you could kick start your dream job
Pop-up shops. How you could kick start your dream job
Melanie Sykes explains why she will be growing old naturally
Melanie Sykes explains why she will be growing old naturally
Bad neighbours: the nightmare of living next to an eyesore
Bad neighbours: the nightmare of living next to an eyesore
Do you feel like the invisible woman?
Do you feel like the invisible woman?
Treatment of the Week: Thalgo eye mask
Treatment of the Week: Thalgo eye mask
I won’t let IBS slow me down
I won’t let IBS slow me down
Frugal Foodies
Frugal Foodies
My handmade Christmas
My handmade Christmas
I couldn’t stop pulling my hair out
I couldn’t stop pulling my hair out
I’m building a new life without alcohol
I’m building a new life without alcohol
Ice tone treatment
Ice tone treatment
Switch Off!
Switch Off!
Our kids… the heroes of 2012
Our kids… the heroes of 2012
How to improve your relationship
How to improve your relationship
We’ll be having a noisy Christmas
We’ll be having a noisy Christmas
How to un-friend a friend
How to un-friend a friend
Magic bullet was music to my ears
Magic bullet was music to my ears
‘How I beat my insomnia’ Claire King
‘How I beat my insomnia’ Claire King
Extreme couponing
Extreme couponing
Couple’s Coaching
Couple’s Coaching
Inspirational Women
Inspirational Women
‘I feel so lucky’ Claire Nasir
‘I feel so lucky’ Claire Nasir
‘I was born to be a mum’ Penny Lancaster
‘I was born to be a mum’ Penny Lancaster
My 12-hour Christmas challenge
My 12-hour Christmas challenge
My family and other animals
My family and other animals
The hardest letter
The hardest letter
The three-hour baby work out
The three-hour baby work out
Spa Review: Carey’s Manor
Spa Review: Carey’s Manor
Can you have fun on a budget?
Can you have fun on a budget?
I survived a plane crash
I survived a plane crash
Back to where I belong
Back to where I belong
My first holiday…
My first holiday…
Dieting dentist: I wanted to be fit and slim like Bond
Dieting dentist: I wanted to be fit and slim like Bond
Bootcamp: can I lose a stone in a week?
Bootcamp: can I lose a stone in a week?
Sleeping with the Enemy
Sleeping with the Enemy
Spa review: Devonshire Arms
Spa review: Devonshire Arms
Meet the cougars
Meet the cougars
Our £60k nip & tuck bodies
Our £60k nip & tuck bodies
Slimming World at 40
Slimming World at 40
We save money with our friends
We save money with our friends
Love cost my daughter her life
Love cost my daughter her life
Kidnapped by the postman
Kidnapped by the postman
Arctic trek to tackle killer
Arctic trek to tackle killer
Facebook made us thin
Facebook made us thin
How sailing got me ship shape
How sailing got me ship shape
How to shop without a strop
How to shop without a strop
A woman’s place is in the Home Office
A woman’s place is in the Home Office
When the love experts came to stay
When the love experts came to stay
I lost my memory in a car crash
I lost my memory in a car crash
Truth about my heart condition
Truth about my heart condition
When legs run amok
When legs run amok
Dream trip guided me to longed-for grandson
Dream trip guided me to longed-for grandson
My greatest challenge
My greatest challenge
Killer diets
Killer diets
I blame Posh for my daughter’s death
I blame Posh for my daughter’s death

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SHOWCASE

My editing work

I will project manage your publication from conception to final proof, producing an exciting and engaging read. I have original ideas for both content and visuals and I am comfortable working with designers, freelancers and advertisers to ensure all pages reach the printer looking great. These are just some of the publications I’ve worked on. To hire me or find out more about my editing work, contact me.

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TESTIMONIALS

What people say about me

 

“Debbi is my go-to writer when I need to turn a dry subject into sparkling copy, or if I’m looking to get an interviewee to open up about a tricky or emotive subject. Her copy is always delivered on time, fulfils its brief, and has those extra touches that make for a compelling read.”
Louise Zecevic
Editor, River Publishing
“Debbi is a professional and diligent editor, who understands what it takes to produce a good magazine. With a keen eye for detail and high standards when it comes to content, Debbi is a polished all rounder.”
Phil Weeden,
Managing Editor, Kelsey Publishing
“Debbi is a regular contributor to Muddy Stilettos, writing restaurant, pub and theatre reviews. She is a talented and entertaining writer, who delivers exactly what is required and always on time.”
Amber Evans
Editor, Muddy Stilettos
Debbi is my first port of call when I need an experienced editor and writer. Supremely organised, reliable and passionate about what she does, she brings brilliant ideas and bags of enthusiasm to every job.
Mernie Gilmore
Head of Lifestyle, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star
“Debbi was wonderful, responding to a very tight deadline with on target copy that brought our issues to life. We are looking forward to working with her again!”
Mary Crowley
Director of Philanthropy, The City Literary Institute
“Debbi’s work as an editor is first rate. Her engagement with our brief and regular communication on progress gave us great confidence from the outset. We were impressed by the clarity and life she brought to the copy she worked on, and by the speed with which she delivered. Her experience as a journalist and editor brought something really special to the project.”
Daniel Mapp
Development Communications Officer, Imperial College London
“Debbi gave our students some useful insights into the world of journalism and its relationship with PR, based on her wide experience of work in the media. I’ve invited her again.”
Simon Goldsworthy
Professor of Public Relations and Advertising, Richmond University

“Debbi interviewed six school governors and wrote interesting readable stories, retaining their authentic voices whilst clearly getting across the key messages we needed. She helped us to clarify our brief to get the best from our interviewees and delivered on a tight deadline.”
Deborah Slaughter
Head of Communications, Education and Employers Charity
“It was great working with Debbi. She was responsive, helpful and delivered on her brief quickly. I would definitely recommend her services.”
Toril Cooper
Senior Communications Officer, Mind

“Debbi is my go-to writer when I need to turn a dry subject into sparkling copy, or if I’m looking to get an interviewee to open up about a tricky or emotive subject. Her copy is always delivered on time, fulfils its brief, and has those extra touches that make for a compelling read.”
Louise Zecevic
Editor, River Publishing

“Debbi is a professional and diligent editor, who understands what it takes to produce a good magazine. With a keen eye for detail and high standards when it comes to content, Debbi is a polished all rounder.”
Phil Weeden,
Managing Editor, Kelsey Publishing

“Debbi is a regular contributor to Muddy Stilettos, writing restaurant, pub and theatre reviews. She is a talented and entertaining writer, who delivers exactly what is required and always on time.”
Amber Evans
Editor, Muddy Stilettos

“Debbi is my first port of call when I need an experienced editor and writer. Supremely organised, reliable and passionate about what she does, she brings brilliant ideas and bags of enthusiasm to every job.”
Mernie Gilmore 
Head of Lifestyle, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star

“Debbi was wonderful, responding to a very tight deadline with on target copy that brought our issues to life. We are looking forward to working with her again!”
Mary Crowley
Director of Philanthropy, The City Literary Institute

“Debbi’s work as an editor is first rate. Her engagement with our brief and regular communication on progress gave us great confidence from the outset. We were impressed by the clarity and life she brought to the copy she worked on, and by the speed with which she delivered. Her experience as a journalist and editor brought something really special to the project.”
Daniel Mapp
Development Communications Officer, Imperial College London

“Debbi gave our students some useful insights into the world of journalism and its relationship with PR, based on her wide experience of work in the media. I’ve invited her again.”
Simon Goldsworthy
Professor of Public Relations and Advertising, Richmond University

“Debbi interviewed six school governors and wrote interesting readable stories, retaining their authentic voices whilst clearly getting across the key messages we needed. She helped us to clarify our brief to get the best from our interviewees and delivered on a tight deadline.”
Deborah Slaughter
Head of Communications, Education and Employers Charity

“It was great working with Debbi. She was responsive, helpful and delivered on her brief quickly. I would definitely recommend her services.”
Toril Cooper, Senior Communications Officer, Mind

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