rob_bioRob has worked as a journalist and/or editor on a wide variety of publications. He was a writer for Rolling Stone and Who Weekly before becoming one of the founding editors of youth culture magazine Juice. He has also worked on Good Weekend, the colour supplement of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, as a feature writer, and as a senior journalist on business-to-business title AdNews. Rob has worked in custom publishing since 1998, editing magazines for the Australia Council, Air New Zealand, Ansett, BMW, Subaru, Westpac, DHL, American Express and many others.

Rob’s magazines have picked up several Publishers Australia Awards over the years, and Rob himself was runner-up for Editor of the Year in 2009. He has an MA (Hons) from Macquarie University and is the author of three non-fiction books: The Golden Age of the Argonauts; Boom-Boom! and Cash For Comment. He will work with you to deliver the content that will take readers on a journey that ends with them considering and acting on the communications and business objectives unique to your project.

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Mark016_bioMark has enjoyed over 20 years working in a variety of media forms for some of the countries leading organisations including News Ltd, Pacific and Emap. After leaving school, Mark began a career in newspapers, working for News Ltd as a management cadet. He has worked across most facets of the industry from the pre-press floor to distribution strategies and everything in between.

Mark has enjoyed working on custom content projects with some of Australia’s leading brands including the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, Video Ezy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Virgin Blue, Foxtel, Telstra, Lion Nathan, DHL, Westpac and many more. He’s helped these brands connect with their audiences and managed their accounts to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and deliver a measurable return on investment.

Mark’s role on your project will be to develop the content strategy that will ensure we achieve your objectives, as well as manage your account to ensure we interact with you in an effective way that means we achieve your goals and you have fun along the way. He will be the interface between our team and yours.

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Alex is an accomplished writer, editor and translator.

Alex-headshotAlex has more than ten years’ experience as a sub-editor and editor of magazines. At News Ltd in Sydney, he was deputy editor of Modern Boating magazine, and also worked on Modern Fishing and 2Wheels. Prior to that, Alex worked for Ocean Media as assistant editor of Offshore Yachting and Ocean magazines. In London, Alex worked for travel-media specialist Ink Global on titles such as EasyJet Traveller, Metropolitan and Airline Passenger Experience Magazine. He has written features for dozens of titles including The Times Magazine, The Spectator (Australia) and The Australian.

Alex has translated several books from French, including The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, for which he was nominated for the PEN Translation Prize.

Alex’s debut novel, the high-seas thriller Devil’s Harbor, was published in the United States in 2015, to critical acclaim. In a starred review, Booklist said it had the best boat chases since the early Bond novels, Publishers’ Weekly described the ending as an “unexpected nail-biter that crackles with tension”, while Kirkus Reviews said that the novel is “a real page turner filled with thrills, chills and unexpected surprises”.

Alex is passionate about good writing. His job is to ensure that every page published by Engage Media is engaging, accurate and unencumbered by tautologies such as ‘unexpected surprises’.

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JY-headshotJohn has worked as an art director/creative director on a number of magazine publications including Inside Sport, Good Weekend, Belle, The Bulletin and Readers Digest.

In his career he has won a number of awards locally and in the United States, including two Publishers Australia awards for Cover of the Year and one for Issue of the Year.

John has also won three awards for art direction for photography in the Society of Publication Designers in US.

The respect with which John is viewed in the publishing world is evidenced by the number of times he has been asked to judge significant national media awards. He has also judged the design section of the Walkley Awards with arts administrator Betty Churcher, and has been a contributing judge four times for the Publish Awards.

John loves redesigning magazines and coming up with ideas and solutions to create new ones. While loving print he has also whole heartedly embraced digital and loves the added potential new media has to offer.

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KathyKathy has had more than 20 years of experience in television, print and online, specialising in everything from health and wellbeing to religion and consumer affairs.

She’s held many roles: as writer, researcher, editor, proofreader, publicist and communications and marketing manager.

Her employers have included ABC TV, SBS, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Greenpeace, Pluto Press, Beyond Productions and most recently, VI Conferences, producers of the hugely popular Happiness & Its Causes, Mind & Its Potential and Young Minds conference series.

In her latest role at Engage Media, Kathy juggles a number of tasks: writing news stories, copyediting and proofreading, managing social media, wrangling design software and going on frequent coffee runs.

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Ann-GordonAnn has held senior design positions in the publishing industry for over 22 years. After graduating from the University of Technology with an Honours Degree in Visual Communications, she began her career as the Art Director for a broad range of prestigious titles which included Rolling Stone, Cleo Magazine and Donna Hay as well as the Donna Hay range of books for Harper Collins. Ann was also the launching Creative Director on Juice magazine and B Magazine. Her commitment and dedication to innovative design was rewarded by a nomination for magazine design at The Award Awards in 1994. At Engage, Ann brings her deep experience to new media design.

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Our team of in-house designers, writers, sub editors and advertising sales managers all have over 10 years experience individually working on magazines and newspapers with Australia’s leading publishers. Their skills, honed creating many of the countries leading newsstand magazines are what enable us to engage your audience and keep them turning the pages of your magazine.

Each member of Engage’s team is a specialist in creating custom content. We’re not an ad agency. We don’t write punchy DM pieces that torture the language to scream a single message.

Our work isn’t just about engaging an audience in the same way we did for consumer magazines. Yes, we must engage them, but we work with your brief and objectives in mind so when we take a reader on a journey or inspire them with ideas, the outcome is they interact with your brand and business.

In addition to our full-time team, we have a wide range of regular freelance contributors. These writers, photographers and stylists have all worked with us and we know and trust their work is of the highest standard, and will be delivered on-time and on-budget. You will find their by-lines in leading publications around the world.

Every project we work on needs a different mix of contributors. For example the team who write on our youth titles come from Girlfriend magazine and FHM backgrounds. The writers we use to connect Investec with their audience are well-known business and finance journalists. One of the keys to our success has been that with long media careers across a range of Australia’s leading publishing houses we have strong relationships with a large network of contributors who we’ve worked with in the past. We know their work will be in on time, on brief and to a standard that will exceed your expectations.