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Introducing myself and my journal: Still Curious...

About Me:
I’m a writer/journalist/campaigner who happens to live in the centre of a medieval town in south-west France but who uses the web every day to do my work, whether it’s in London or Hong Kong; who uses the web as a source for information and inspiration; and who uses the web to stay in contact with friends and colleagues using social media.

I first started using the web back when screens were black and the type-face was bright green Courier back in 1991. Through this ‘thing’ called the World Wide Web, I was able to access scientific research in the USA that no-one had access to back in the UK. I used that research in a documentary I produced for the BBC which helped change the existing law on using organo-phosphate chemicals in sheep farming. For me, it was an empowering lesson in the capability of the net to bring about change.

My professional career has taken me from being a director/producer of documentaries for the BBC and other channels, to becoming one of the first TV execs to work with the new digital channels. I then went on to become Director of Imagineering at the BBC which allowed me to explore future technologies and ways of using the web and seeing how those technologies could be used in the creative world of programme-making. I then left the media world to help launch the first 3G mobile telecoms service in the UK with responsibility for getting live video onto mobile screens. Now, I work part-time as a media consultant/researcher specialising in the changes in the news-gathering/news agency world. By doing that, I give myself the time to do other things such as writing and campaigning.

My Passions:
Great writing and great writers; my family, my friends, those I love; remaining curious and passionate about the world

My Challenges:
Getting the balance right between work/creativity/personal life

My Vision for the Future:
I believe passionately that every individual can play their part in bringing about change

My Areas of Expertise:
Media; journalism; digital technology; innovative creativity

Comments

jacollura's picture

Hello and welcome!

Welcome to the World Pulse Community! We are happy to have you and your writing skills. I look forward to hearing more from you.
All the best,
Julie

Fiona J McKenzie's picture

Thanks for the welcome

Hi Julie,

Thanks for the welcome. Still feeling my way round and getting to know how this all works. Any advice/suggestions would be great. Have got involved as a Listener for the Women Weave the Web campaign as a way of dipping my toes in.

All the best,

Fiona

Fiona McKenzie

Y's picture

Welcome, Fiona. Wow! What a

Welcome, Fiona. Wow! What a woman! You have achieved so much in media; you obcviously share our passion for using technology as a tool for empowerment. It is wonderful to add your expertise to the network of professional expertise we share at World Pulse.

You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

You may like to participate in our current campaign Women Weave the Web, celebrating the use of technology in empowerment efforts: http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www/how-to-participate.

I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

Blessings.
Yvette

Yvette

Fiona J McKenzie's picture

What a warm welcome!

Hi Yvette,

Thanks very much for the enthusiastic welcome. As I mentioned to Julie above, I'm still feeling my way round so will definitely check out the Getting Started Guide - thanks for suggesting. And I've signed up as a Listener for the WWW campaign - which is opening my eyes to issues I haven't thought about. All interesting stuff.

Had a good giggle when I read your Vision for the Future ;)

Best wishes,

Fiona

Fiona McKenzie

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