Experience

A seasoned journalist and editor with an entrepreneurial spirit, Kate has launched several editorial and custom publishing products in Hong Kong.

She co-founded one of Hong Kong’s leading lifestyle websites and also contributes to major US publications, both in print and online.

Kate is equipped with strong writing, editing and digital publishing experience, as well as extensive knowledge about Asian cultures, lifestyle trends, heritage, urban innovations, and environmental issues.


Freelance Writer & Editor 
July 2015 – present

Founder/Director, Springer Creative Ltd
– Manages team of 4 editorial assistants, works with more than a dozen writers around world
– Manages budget, workflow, assignments, editing, pitching, client relations
– Works with more than 40 editorial and copywriting clients

Editorial Positions:
CNN Travel, Producer: Works 1-2 days a week in Hong Kong office; edits freelance work, tests homepage headlines, commissions multimedia

CNN Digital Features, Producer: Covers urban innovation, architecture, and environmental issues 

Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide, Content Director: Launched blog November 2016; podcast to launch Oct 2017

 My Hong Kong Wedding, Editor: Launched quarterly magazine in January 2017; edits subsequent editions

Forbes Travel Guide, Correspondent: Writes twice-monthly articles about food, culture, and luxury travel

Superfuture, Hong Kong Editor:  Manages quarterly travel guides and launched “Kapok x Superfuture” print guide

– Fast Media, Launch Editor: Launched inaugural “Expat Dining Guide” in 2015

Metta, Journalist in Residence: Presents workshops on storytelling, pitching, and developing effective brand content

Editorial Contributor: Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Travel, Vogue, BBC Travel, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Fodor’s, Munchies, Sotheby’s, Tatler, Discovery, Delta Sky, Home Journal, Rome2Rio, Liv Magazine, Time Out, Revolution, Horizon, Where, Post Magazine

Copywriting Clients: Hennessy, Apple, Hong Kong Tourism Board, HK Express airline, Dining Workshop restaurant group, District15 property developers, Nude Beautique beauty center, Avec Amour lingerie store, Computime manufacturing and technology firm, HarmonyHR human resources startup, Inkviva online store, and more


Man Mo Media Ltd, The Loop
Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief
July 2015-July 2016

– Launched Hong Kong’s only mobile-first lifestyle website
– Spearheaded branding, design, web development, marketing, operations and business strategy
– Managed digital programmer; tested new features for usability
– Managed 15-20 freelancers, editorial calendar, social media, budgets, analytics
– Organized and presented Media 101 workshops for start-ups/SMEs


HK Magazine, SCMP
Features Editor
March 2014-present                 

– Assigned and edited features for weekly Hong Kong-based lifestyle magazine
– Managed team of 12 full-time writers and interns; wrote travel and lifestyle features
– Launched The List’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” and inaugural “Women of Hope” charity campaign in 2014


Smart Travel Asia
Features Writer
Hong Kong. July 2012 – March 2013

– Reported feature stories with original multimedia for Hong Kong-based monthly travel magazine
– Wrote monthly “Check Out” travel column about deals, tips and news


TIME Asia
Editorial and Web Production Intern
Hong Kong. January 2012 – June 2012

– Wrote daily NewsFeed articles and reported feature stories for Science, World and Travel blogs
– Managed breaking news, coordinated with New York and London producers


Medill Magazine Innovation Project
Peer-elected Student Publisher
Northwestern University. September – December 2011

– Led team of 14 master’s candidates to develop iPad prototype of tablet-native magazine for Bonnier Corp.
– Produced multimedia stories and co-authored comprehensive business prospectus
– Project awarded AEJMC award for best start-up magazine


WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
Business Reporting Intern, Freelancer

Chicago.  April – September 2011

– Pitched and produced stories for “Venture,” a WBEZ Morning Edition business segment
– Produced feature-length and spot stories; mixed audio, researched and fact-checked


Cultural Embrace
HUG (Help, Understand, Give) Project Adviser Abroad
Antigua, Guatemala. December 2009 – May 2010

– Coordinated and led volunteer groups, blogged with multimedia, maintained social media accounts
– Co-developed sponsorship program for orphaned and neglected Guatemalan children


Education

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
March 2012: Master of Science in Journalism, Magazine Publishing and Interactive Producing

The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
May 2009: Bachelor of Arts, graduated cum laude in English and International Politics


Additional Skills

Web Development: HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, Web Design, Google Analytics, Social Media Strategy
Audio/Video: Premiere Pro, Audacity
Other: Usability testing, copy-editing, AP Style, DSLR photography
Language: Proficient Spanish, basic French

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