Chris Horkan

Portfolio site for a Manchester-based journalist and web developer

This website showcases the work of Chris Horkan, a journalist and web developer based in Manchester, England. You can read some writing samples within the Writing category or find out about my latest web developments in the Online category.

My experience at a glance:

I’m a full-time journalist on Muso, a cutting-edge classical music magazine for people aged 18-30. I joined in autumn 2006 as assistant editor and in late 2007 became online editor, responsible for the magazine’s new online arm,

I was previously the online editor of The North West Enquirer, a weekly regional newspaper aimed at the AB demographic. I was involved from its inception in March 2006 until its closure in September of the same year. The website I built and maintained on a tiny budget was one of the most successful aspects of the newspaper, generating a profit and showing substantial traffic growth.

I’ve freelanced for the local press including CityLife, Manchester Confidential, Moving Manchester, Lancashire Telegraph, Manchester Online and the Manchester Evening News. I have also written for national magazines and international websites, mainly about music and Manchester.

As a freelance web developer, I have several successful sites to my name. I built, which delivers news, opinion and resources to the North West’s media industry, and developed, a popular national satire website. Most recently, I co-launched, an innovative Arts Council-supported literature project that is part of 2008’s Manchester Literature Festival.

I’m an associate of Sound Communication, a co-operative ‘community interest company’ that offers marketing, communications and PR expertise from an ethical standpoint. I look after all web aspects of this social enterprise, including putting together workshops for community groups and building websites for clients such as the TUC.

I run another website,, which highlights arts and culture in Manchester. It has been nominated in the Manchester Blog Awards for three consecutive years, scooping Best Arts and Culture Blog in 2007. I recently launched a music blog, and I also help organise blogging workshops in Manchester.

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About Chris Horkan

I'm a journalist and web developer based in Manchester, England. I specialise in arts, culture, technology and the internet.