Mairi Mackay

Editor/Writer/Digital Producer


Mairi Mackay

Experienced award-winning digital journalist. Spent time in the Middle East, now back in London. Have written and edited for and The Times.


The new Berlin? How austerity helped Lisbon's creatives to succeed

How Portugal's capital became Europe's new cultural hotspot.
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Is Lisbon's Hottest Hangout the Future of the Office?

Travel up to the first floor of Lisbon’s 19th-century Mercado da Ribeira food market, up a set of stairs topped with red and yellow Perspex, and you’ll find a pretty cool place to work. Walking into Second Home Lisboa, the first thing you see is the bar. The next is the view from windows that line the space: on one side, the market where women in aprons sell fruit and vegetables, fish and legs of ham; on the other, the vast Tagus River glittering in the sun. Link to Story

'Homeland is racist': Artists hide subversive graffiti in hit TV show

(CNN)Ask graffiti artists to help decorate the set of your TV show -- and you might get more than you bargained for. That's how a group of street artists managed to sneak subversive Arabic slogans -- including an accusation of racism -- onto an episode of award-winning U.S. spy series "Homeland," which stars Claire Danes.
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Eurovision: 7 secrets to being a hit at Europe's favorite song contest

Winners have included Lordi, a Finnish metal band dressed as Orcs and, last year, a glamorous bearded lady from Austria. It's weird. It's wacky. It's definitely camp. And it has awesome soft power. Up-and-coming nations on the periphery of Europe scramble to host the show to raise their profile on the world stage.
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Cumberbatch's plea: Please don't film me in 'Hamlet'

The British actor who is starring in "Hamlet" in London has pleaded with fans not to film him on stage after what he described as "a hell of a week." Cumberbatch, 39, was captured in an amateur video speaking to people gathered at the stage door of the Barbican Theatre after the show on Saturday. "I can see cameras.
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Great war photographer 'contaminated by darkness'

(CNN)Don McCullin is famed for his photographs of conflict, but there was one war he couldn't get to. It was 1982, and he had been at the top of his game as a photojournalist for the best part of two decades traversing the world, capturing the horror of the world's wars with an unflinching eye. You name it, he'd been there -- Cyprus, Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Lebanon, Israel -- recording starving children, shell-shocked soldiers, mourning fathers, mothers with cholera.
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'Space Oddity' to 'The Man Who Fell to Earth': His greatest music, films

Legendary British art-rock icon David Bowie -- who has died aged 69 -- was all these and so much more. In a prolific career spanning more than four decades, Bowie amassed a huge catalog of music, his unrelenting evolution keeping him relevant to new generations of fans. As an actor, his career flourished from the late 1970s to the early 1980s -- and he worked with great directors including David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Jim Henson.
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Stephen Hawking: I wanted to give Eddie boost in Oscar race

Scientist on lending his iconic voice to Eddie Redmayne who played him in "The Theory of Everything".
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Rock the conflict: Israeli metal bands tour for peace

An Arab band has joined with a Jewish band to spread message of peace through rock 'n roll.
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Luxury brands 'don't get the Chinese consumer'

Vogue China Editor, Angelica Cheung on China's rapidly evolving luxury market.
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Missed Cannes? Social media is here for you.

Social media roundup for Cannes Film Festival 2014.
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Cannes scandals: 5 most controversial film fest moments

The feted festival has been a hotbed of controversy since the beginning, here are the biggest.
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Mairi Mackay

I am an experienced, award-winning journalist with proven editorial judgement and creative thinking. My background is in digital journalism and I have 10 years experience in both news and features.

I am an experienced reporter (including working in the field) and newsdesk editor and have worked on stories including the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and the Paris attacks.

As a features journalist, I have written on a wide range of topics including: Middle East business and culture, contemporary art, film, travel, urban environment, religion, nonviolent protest and women’s issues.



  • Editing
  • Digital producing
  • Broadcast
  • Storytelling
  • News
  • Reporting
  • Infographics
  • Multimedia
  • Mobile Video
  • Copy Editing
  • Social Media
  • Feature Writing
  • Photoshop
  • Analytics
  • Commissioning Content
  • Copy Writing