SORREL DOWNER

Journalist, producer and media consultant mixing it up for TV, online, newspapers and magazines. I cover travel, lifestyle, trends, design and people. Mainly. This is the HQ for previous work, and an introduction to current. I work all over the world and live on a farm in Cadiz which I write about intermittently at somewheresville.org.

About

cropped-img_0073.jpgI’m a journalist and filmmaker with experience in newspapers, TV and sustainable tourism marketing. In true freelance spirit, I should add – stress – that I’m always available for interesting work. Starting off in national newspapers as a commissioning editor, then as columnist and feature writer (Evening Standard, The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian), I continue to work mostly for nationals, but also in the wild west of the multimedia world.

While living in Costa Rica (and looking for ways of making a living that didn’t involve trips to cover kidnappings in Colombia)  I set up one of the world’s first online magazines, the Green Arrow Guide to Central America (in January 1995), and then the first online agency providing an English-language, content-rich promotional platform for ministries of tourism, NGOs and grassroots tourism businesses across Central America. Back in the UK, as editorial director, digital, for a contract publishing agency, I worked with big clients like British Airways, and on the creation of property site primelocation.com, before moving to Opodo for the build and launch of the travel portal.

In film, I started as a fixer and location scout (working with Ray Mears on the BBC’s Extreme Survival series) and went on to work in documentary development, and then production, writing and producing  the multi-award-winning Panda Makers for BBC Natural World, narrated by David Attenborough.

This site is part introduction, a repository for some archive stuff, and notes and information dug up in the course of researching features. I’m not particularly active on my own social media but intermittently update somewheresville which has covered the USA, Costa Rica and is now predominantly a rumination on farm life.

For more work experience details, look me up on LinkedIn.

CONTACT: sorrel.downer@googlemail.com.

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