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Hey! So, you may have seen from the title of this blog that my name is Sarah Harvey and I'm a journalist (news, travel and lifestyle) and content creator/copy-writer. Currently living in my 5th country, visited around 30 so far and counting! 


This is my personal blog, just for fun (I get paid to write other people's!) and it is not meant to be a professional profile. Recruiters; my career profile is here: www.manta-media.com and also here on LinkedIn and here on MuckRack for media pros.
 
I've been working in media for 10+ years. Here's a bit of background, being as many people have the same popular name as me and you wouldn't want to get us confused! (You only realize the full horror of this when you Google yourself and find bedroom-bloggers with the same name as yourself who may have blogged about the same country but don't know the difference between 'there', 'they're' and 'their'!) So just to be clear; writing is still my full-time gig and it's all I've ever done (OK, except for when I waitressed while I was studying at university!). Writing pays for the roof over my head, the food I eat, and the rather yummy Spanish wine I currently enjoy...it's my life.  And it's both a pleasure and a privilege to be paid to write for a living, for which I'm very grateful.

Me, with red hair then, checking out a reef in the Maldives
I started off as a newspaper journalist, survived 14-hour days and newsroom chaos, paid my dues and worked my way up.You don't get to review five star resorts without paying your dues first, no matter what some people may try to tell you!

What's the difference between a journalist and a writer or blogger? 

A professional code of standards and ethics! You can read all about it here, but in short, we are professionally-trained to do the following: 
  • Seek the truth and report it
  • Verify accuracy of all information
  • Provide context
  • Diligently seek the subject of allegations and offer them the right to reply
The above refers to everything I write for magazines, newspapers, news portals and also my own blog (although this code of ethics doesn't apply to bloggers, haha, but I can't help myself.)  Actually I think there might need to be a code of ethics implemented for travel bloggers because it's currently like the Wild West, but let's not go there right now! 

I also do B2C copy-writing (ghost-blogging, static content for travel and tourism websites, social media management etc). So with that hat on, I am simply a writer or blogger. However, I'm still an old-school journalist at heart, so yeah, of course I always do thorough research and ensure accuracy of the facts. People seem to appreciate that, which is nice, and leads to quite a lot of referrals.
1 of my front page news articles
Back to travel journalism and travel writing: Travel has always been a passion since I was very young, and during the start of my career I was lucky enough to be able to write about hotels and holiday destinations alongside the current event. I reviewed the Zetter Restaurant & Rooms, Clerkenwell; Malmaison London, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok and Raffles Singapore. I also wrote about family holidays in Hungary and a gastronomy trip to Portugal. 

Then in 2010 I was invited to the Maldives to be News Editor of a daily travel and tourism news portal and annual guide. It gave me incredible access to the Maldives' world-famous luxury resorts and I've been to about 80% of the 110+ resorts there.

Recognizing the demand for native English-speaking travel journalism and media services in the Maldives, I set up Manta Media the following year; an alliance of creatives. It includes multi-lingual journalists, bloggers, photographers, videographers and media consultants. All of the translators I use are also journalists, so they don't just regurgitate a translation verbatim; they craft the words and find the most appropriate regional idioms where necessary.

I continue to visit and write about the Indian Ocean region as well as Spain, the French Riviera, and Scandinavia.


My feet enjoying the Indian Ocean
My areas of expertise encompass travel, luxury tourism, eco-tourism, conservation and scuba diving (as a certified PADI Advanced Diver). 
For more information visit my work website at www.manta-media.com 


Ciao!

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