Sarah Riches

Lifestyle journalist

I have nine years' experience subbing, writing, commissioning and editing magazines and websites.

Career highlights include being deputy editor of Time Out Abu Dhabi, writing for Conde Nast Traveller, publishing a travel guide and being interviewed by BBC London and Radio 1.

I have experience organising food and fashion shoots and reader events and I can use InDesign, Drupal and WordPress. I am currently learning Final Cut Pro.

Online clippings: sarahriches.contently.com

Portfolio

Al fresco picnics
I was commissioned to write this piece on French, Italian and British produce for Borough Market's magazine Market Life
Editor's letter
Abu Dhabi Week has a circulation of over 99,000. When I relaunched it, I hosted focus groups, introduced new pages and redesigned existing ones. Radio 1 interviewed me on the...
Do you wanna dance?
Comical musings on some of the bad dancing I have witnessed over the years - and how it inspired me to take lessons.
London Almanac 2010
I was commissioned to write this London guide. I divided the 90,000 words into chapters and sprinkled in 'insider info' - little known facts to raise my readers' eyebrows.
Great British Talent
I interviewed the singer Katherine Jenkins and I got great feedback when I asked readers to suggest some questions on social media. Credit: David Venni.
Abu Dhabi art fair comes to town
As deputy editor of Time Out Abu Dhabi, I wrote cover features like this one, sourced images, edited writers' work and signed off pages when the editor was away.
Face to face
At Abu Dhabi Week, I planned covers weeks in advance. For this one, I sourced free images of Robbie Williams from his management then brainstormed ideas with my designers.
Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2014
Our inhouse photographer was ill and we had no budget for a second. At short notice I persuaded another to work for free, found a venue and briefed a chef to create this cover.
48 hours in Manama
I organised a press trip to Manama in Bahrain. I focused on the side of the city most visitors don't see - a thriving art scene and independent venues. I sourced the photos myself.
Cooking up a storm
For this foodie feature, I interviewed celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who is a Master Chef judge and author of 150 cookbooks.
Feel the burn
The singer and TV talent judge Dannii Minogue tweeted that she was inspired by this cover feature after reading it while visiting Abu Dhabi.
Eco conscious Costa Rica
I regularly freelanced for Zest, a monthly health and nutrition magazine for women. For this piece I organised a press trip to Costa Rica and sourced images.
Hot springs in Japan
At Zest I was known for my original ideas and new angles on existing ones. I wrote about cycle ziplines, face yoga and laughter yoga and for this piece, electric hot springs.
Oh man, check out Oman
This is a travel piece based on a press trip I organised to Oman.
Nerves of steel
As health editor, I sourced case studies from newspapers, charities and PRs. I managed the health budget, persuaded people to sell their story and wrote them in the first person.
Experience rolling countryside, big city life and deep pan pizza in Illinois
Always keen to pitch original ideas, I wrote about flyboarding as part of a longer piece on Illinois for this women's lifestyle website.

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