I’m currently freelancing at Voice of Russia radio station in London, producing shows, hosting debates and creating features and news packages. A list of my Voice of Russia reports and debates can be found here.
Middle class, development zones drive FDI to China (Site Selection magazine) [PDF]
Interview with Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin [PDF] (Hurun Report magazine, in Chinese)
From July 2009 to August 2012 I was based in Beijing. I’ve put an [R] for “recommended” in front of the most interesting stories.
US automakers see their cars zip in China (sponsored piece hosted on The Atlantic’s website)
China’s global impact (series of 10 sponsored pieces hosted on The Atlantic’s website)
‘Pro-business and pro-people’: the Suzhou Model that is Spreading across China (commercial writing for Businesswire)
Suzhou Industrial Park: Winning the International Race to Attract Industry Talent (commercial writing for Businesswire)
No promises, but marriage an option (China Daily)
From May to August 2010 I worked at the Blue Ocean Network, a small privately-owned TV channel in Beijing.
China: a new kind of innovation (for British Telecom)
China’s online characteristics (for British Telecom)
China’s Top Industrial Park: Standing Out from a Growing Crowd (commercial writing for Businesswire)
In China, Microfinance Builds Both Wealth and Trust (commercial writing for Businesswire)
Digital Era Enables Chinese Marketers to Leapfrog (commercial writing for Businesswire)
[R] Making a difference [PDF] (China International Business magazine, reporting from Beijing)
[R] Jobless cash in on Jakarta’s mega-jams (The National, reporting from Jakarta)
Self pity among the rich (Chinese, column in CEO & CIO magazine)
[R] Green card scheme a slam-dunk in China (The National, reporting from Beijing)
Syrian mezze on Chinese tables (Forward Magazine Syria, reporting from Beijing)
Chinese consumer trust powering hidden champions in the B2C sector (commercial writing for Businesswire)
Couchsurfing: new world views from the homes of kind strangers (The National Travel section)
High risk, high impact (Private Equity International Asia magazine, reporting from Beijing)
From the “Goldman Sachs door” to see the prevalence of Elitism (Chinese, column at China Value)
[R] It pays to leave your nest (The National, reporting from Beijing)
[R] Searching for treasure – exiled Libyan princess Alia al Senussi (Brownbook magazine)
Arab cafe culture in London (Brownbook magazine – scroll down through the PDF for the story)
[R] Grassroots Groups Taking Root in China (IPS News, reporting from Beijing)
China’s business icons under 40: Beyond getting rich (commercial writing for Businesswire)
NBAD opens trade route east (The National, reporting from Hong Kong)
[R] 1001 Beijing Nights (Brownbook, reporting from Beijing, China)
Terminal stake speaks volumes for DP World (The National, reporting from Qingdao, China)
UAE means business at Hong Kong post (The National, reporting from Hong Kong)
[R] Thai refuge offers hope for Muslims of Myanmar (The National, reporting from Mae La Camp, Thailand)
[R] Crossing from Myanmar to Thailand (audio slideshow – The National, reporting from the Thai-Burmese border)
Thailand’s bloom fades for investors from Gulf (The National, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
Travelling through Myanmar (audio slideshow – The National Travel section)
Rising arms budget is a double-edged sword (The National)
[R] Arab countries oblivious to climate change (The National, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
Put women at the core of climate change debate, say activists (IRIN, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
[R] Africa: fighting the “double-whammy” of obesity and hunger (IRIN, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
Agriculture “largely ignored” in climate talks (IRIN, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
[R] Island nations frustrated at climate talks (IRIN, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
Developing countries “left to fend for themselves” on climate change (IRIN, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand)
[R] Frustrated citizens count on election (The National, reporting from Burma)
An extra affair in Bollywood (The National Travel section)
[R] Here, they make gold out of rubbish (The National Travel section)
I worked at The National in Abu Dhabi from November 2008 to July 2009, writing news articles and leader comments. Below is a small selection – for an exhaustive list visit The National and type Tom Spender in the search box.
From March – August 2008 I was in China and covered the Olympics in Beijing for The National. A selection of those and other stories is below.
[R] Beijing readies for Olympic Games (audio slideshow)
[R] Life still grim for quake survivors (reporting from Sichuan Province)
[R] Some Arab traders call Yiwu home (reporting from Yiwu in Zhejiang Province)
[R] Culture and art, Beijing style (Emirates Business 24/7)
Shanghai in 24 hours (Emirates Business 24/7)
[R] Far from the madding crowd (Emirates Business 24/7)
From June 2006 – June 2007 I worked as a freelancer in Israel/Palestine, filing features for Emirates Today in Dubai (which did not have a normal website). While I was there I launched coverage of Israel/OPT for IRIN and managed a team of stringers. A small selection of stories is below.
[R] “Peace House” harms Palestinians (Al Jazeera)
Israel “planning Gaza invasion” (Al Jazeera)
[R] A month in bomb shelters takes its toll (IRIN)
[R] Trapped between the lines (IRIN)
[R] Wall creates Palestinian cultural divide (IRIN)
[R] Ghettos form in shadow of wall (IRIN)
[R] “Femicide” on the rise in the conflict zone (IRIN)
Sderot still under fire (IRIN)
In March 2005, I went to Damascus in Syria to study Arabic and try my hand at freelancing (after six months, I moved to Barcelona, Spain).
[R] A new “Mecca of Arabic studies” (Christian Science Monitor)
[R] Desert monastery bridges religious divide (Catholic Herald)
Raval shaken by quake’s aftershocks (Catalonia Today)
I worked in Dubai for Emirates Today from February – June 2006 but none of those stories are online because the newspaper has since been relaunched.
The Hendon & Finchley Times have also revamped their website since I left after two years in 2004. However, I have been able to dig out a few stories.
My first job in journalism was at a trade magazine run by Euromoney called eVantage, which is no longer published and I followed that with a stint at Privateequityonline.com, which has also relaunched its website since I left.