The Future of Fintech for The CA

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Articles, Blog, Front page |

About twenty years ago, I got my first experience of working on a business magazine. Amid deadlines for a Masters in Journalism and early morning shifts at a press cutting agency, I filed my first piece for The CA magazine. Back then, the magazine was produced in-house, by a dedicated team of writers and designers, in the Stockbridge office of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. The magazine then went out to a competitive tender...

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AI, machine learning and robots

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Articles, Blog |

What AI and machine learning mostly need is an image makeover. I’d like to set something straight. Writing about AI and machine learning does not always involve robots. Sometimes it does, like CHIRON, a pioneering ‘care-in-the-home’ system which in the future may help people to stay living independently in their own homes for longer. That’s just one application of AI and machine learning and would make for a good picture: a robot delivering a...

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Content creation made simple – Easy copy for sharing and keeping

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Communication, Content, Digital, Editing, Front page, production, Proofreading, Uncategorized, Website |

Warning: Tenuous jumping on the baking bandwagon as the Great British Bake Off returns to our screens. I’d love some ideas for content that is light, easy and quick to make. My 32-year old designer insists we don’t have room for many words. How do we get more bang for our buck? Reader, Scotland When it comes to limited space (I’ll assume we’re talking about print or digital) it’s vital to make each word work hard. You don’t have room for...

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How to be an expert

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Content, Front page, Interviewing |

Do you want to be an authority? To be known as an expert in your field? Are you keen to demonstrate thought leadership? Then read on. When I started copywriting 13 years ago I didn’t appreciate the amount of time I would spend hunting for expert opinion. Writing a feature for a trade magazine, B2B title or membership publication is often the result of a protracted search to identify and interview appropriate, credible, respected industry...

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Do you need to translate for prosperity come Chinese New Year?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Communication, Content, Digital, social media, translations, Website, Writing style |

Man United will join millions of people to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, which falls on 31 January. The club will use its own official Chinese website, to appeal to Chinese-speaking fans. It’s fair to assume the club doesn’t have to justifying the investment in translated content for the site, a mirror image of the British version. Chinese seems to be the one language UK businesses choose to translate content and...

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If you won’t read, we can’t share: the one about X Factor, poo and Book Week Scotland

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Articles, Communication, Content, Events, reading | 2 comments

The last person to raise a hand when the English teacher asks for a volunteer to read aloud is always the budding writer. It’s often left to their classmates, the ones who dream of being singers, dancers and actors. Appearing on Desert Island Discs the award-winning author and Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman talked about her reluctance to read out her own work at a writing group. Eventually after many weeks, she was told to ‘either poo or...

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