Speechmarks is: film, tech, music, indie focus; long form journalism, pop culture, fiction. 1,700 readers per month, & me.
We’re all a bit weird, and consume culture eclectically.
It’s also a collection of work comprising interviews, reviews, comment and features by journalist Jane M. I’ve been published in magazines across the UK including iVillage, FCKLDN, Disorder, Cine Vue, This Is Fake DIY and my own printless project ‘M+ Magazine’.
I also share presenting duties with John Robb at Manchester’s independent film show, Kino Film.
As well as being a portfolio, Speechmarks reflects and reports on a passion for new media, tech and entertainment.
It’s been online since 2008 and the blog now attracts 20,000 visitors a year – not bad for someone who still dreams of being published in The Guardian. [Edit – I got published! Check out this piece from Februrary 2015: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/12/bear-grylls-manifesto-children-computer-games]
The ad-free & printless project M+ Magazine began in 2009. It gained a 40,000-strong monthly readership and is now on hiatus. M+ continues to be a role model for new, global digital zines and media students across the world. It was subject of a Cornerhouse seminar entitled ‘Print Is Dead’.
Way back when…
SPEECHMARKS SERVES AS a public archive of work, too. It contains a selection of my work as News Editor for the UK’s biggest student campus paper, ‘Student Direct’/’The Mancunion’, where I worked religiously for 2 years and met everyone, from Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to Matt Damon, Ladyhawke and Elijah Wood’s record label.
You’ll also find pieces cutting my teeth aged 16. While some articles remain here, a lot of this previous work has been lost. I interviewed personal heroes writing for various music magazines/following musicians around the UK under a courageous selection of noms des plumes… (sometimes it’s the only way they’ll publish you) including ‘Jane M’, ‘Janey Liz’ and ‘Janey Moose’.