Just call us the Dumbledores of content. Our wands are our laptops. Our magic potion is a good cup of coffee. And while we don’t cast spells, many consider our work spellbinding.
We are the Content Magicians of Aha Media: The writers, editors and strategists who produce the content that works wonders. We’re excited to launch our “Content Magician” blog series. In each post, you’ll go behind the scenes to meet our Magicians up close. They’ll share some of their secrets of the trade and give you a glimpse of what they like to do when they give their wands a rest.
For more than 2 decades, Marti Harris has been blending disparate concepts and facts into rich, colorful, targeted and optimized content. At Aha Media, Marti’s strong grounding in science, her solid brand and marketing instincts and her “let’s-get-it-done” attitude have made her a go-to writer and editor since she started here in 2016. Account Manager, Sarah Malakoff reports, “Marti always goes above and beyond, exceeding expectations – and she makes it look effortless!”
Marti Harris: Content Writer & Editor
What do you like most about your work?
Marti: While I bring knowledge and experience to my work, I also learn so much! With every stakeholder interview, I learn something new. And I love the process of putting together the pieces of information I uncover, figuring out what to include and how to make it meaningful and engaging for readers. For me, writing is the ultimate puzzle, and with every assignment, I hope to create a meaningful story.
What are your specialties?
Marti: I combine a science education with solid experience in marketing and brand strategy. I’ve written about a broad range of topics and am comfortable tackling just about anything. Honestly, I think what makes me most special as a writer is that I love what I do, and I’m passionate about delivering a quality product. And it’s great working at Aha Media, where everyone seems to share my passion!
How did you get into editing and writing?
Marti: I love science, and my undergraduate degrees were in Environmental Science and Political Science. But I quickly realized that I was a better interpreter of science than a scientist. I worked in communications and marketing and then decided to further advance my skills. I completed a master’s program in Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University in D.C. while also working in their hospital marketing department. For several years, I worked for a marketing/PR agency as a brand strategist, which helped me understand the business side of creative projects. Putting it all together, I found my perfect vocation as a professional writer and editor.
When I am not writing, I am usually …
Marti: Well, I live in rural Pennsylvania, so my family has room to roam. I oversee a menagerie that includes 6 laying hens, 4 dogs and 2 cats. I tend to a large vegetable garden and spend much of my summer and fall canning the fruits of my labors, so we can enjoy them throughout the cold Pennsylvania winter! Indoors, I am slightly obsessed with rearranging furniture. It’s another puzzle to play with, and I find that my home is a wonderful canvas. Just making even a slight change gives me a fresh perspective and a feeling of satisfaction.
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