Editor, Journalist and Creative Strategist

Polina Bachlakova

Copenhagen, Denmark

Sparking dialogue around social issues as an editor, journalist and strategist.

Hi. I'm Polina. I'm Moscow-born, Vancouver-raised and Copenhagen-based (bit of a mouthful, I know!) I write to illuminate the stories of people whose voices don't always ring the loudest in society, and to make readers think critically about how the world is changing. Specifically, my work tends to focus on minority rights, feminist issues and new technologies.

Today, I channel that perspective into my role as the editor at research and design lab SPACE10, where we're on a mission to design better and more sustainable ways of living. When I'm not writing, I volunteer with Sexelancen—a mobile safe space for sex workers in Copenhagen.

Over the past four years, my full-time gigs have included editor of VICE's music platform, Noisey, for all of the Nordic countries; staff writer at VICE Denmark; managing editor at Girls Are Awesome; and copywriter at design agency THANK YOU. And the side gigs? I've acted as an editor at ILLEGAL! Magazine, which focuses on unfolding a more nuanced take on the war on drugs. And you can find clients like PANDORA, ArtRebels and DareDisrupt in my copywriting portfolio.

My writing appears in publications like Plethora Magazine, Broadly, VICE, Sindroms Magazine, Amuse, Bitchslap Magazine and The Lab Magazine. I'm still up for freelancing as a journalist, strategist or copywriter, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you have some nice ideas.

Fun facts: I really like the shape of collarbones, and I really dislike the scratchy feeling you get from writing with a pencil.

Experience

Editor & Copywriter SPACE10 February 2018 – Present Copenhagen, Denmark

Acting as Editor for SPACE10, a research and design lab on a mission to design better and more sustainable ways of living.

Directing storytelling for our owned media channels; editing our Research Reports; crafting copy for augmented reality apps such as Spaces on Wheels; writing articles about innovation, equality and diversity for SPACE10's channels; hosting and public speaking at SPACE10 events and international festivals; etc.

Volunteer/Spokesperson Sexelancen March 2018 – Present Copenhagen, Denmark

Volunteering for the sexelance, Copenhagen’s mobile safe space for sex workers. Acting as spokesperson for media inquiries.

Host VICE July 2018 – September 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark

Hosting three episodes of the Vice Guide to Copenhagen.

Editor ILLEGAL! Magazine March 2018 – November 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-editing ILLEGAL! Magazine, a print publication that deals with culture and drugs across social classes all over the world.

Creating, commissioning, editing and publishing original content.

Writer Everywhere Birth – Present The world

Writing for various magazines such as:

  • Broadly
  • Vice UK
  • AMUSE
  • The Lab Magazine
  • Beatroute Magazine
  • Bast Magazine
  • Dry Magazine
  • Bitchslap Magazine
Activities Volunteer Reden International January 2017 – December 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark

Coordinating and leading relaxing, fun activities for female victims of human trafficking in the sex trade.

Managing Editor Girls Are Awesome June 2016 – February 2018 Copenhagen, DK

Creating, commissioning, editing and publishing original content about women for our editorial platform; executing and managing social media; and conceptualizing, executing and managing our long term branded partnership with adidas Originals.

Copywriter THANK YOU February 2016 – February 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark

Developing Bitchslap Magazine’s new female-oriented vertical and copywriting for clients including:

  • Copenhagen Distillery
  • SteelSeries
  • THANK YOU
  • Swatch
Online Editor – Noisey Nordics Noisey 2015 – 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark

Building the content strategy, commissioning and writing articles, editing/publishing content and managing Noisey partnerships both locally and Internationally.

Copywriter & Journalist VICE Media Group September 2014 – February 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark

Copywriting and concept developing for our clients, writing investigative articles and cultural commentary for vice.com and managing noisey.vice.com.

Creative Strategist Mia Jung August 2014 – January 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark

Assisting digital data expert Mia Jung in building strategies for her clients, including Hyper Island and The Danish Architecture Centre.

Building up Mia’s personal online presence.

Junior Creative Strategist BANDIT July 2014 – December 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark

Building marketing strategies and carrying out market research for BANDIT’s clients, such as Finlandia Vodka, Nike and Chambord.

Writing blog posts and articles for BANDIT’s social media channels.

Account Coordinator/Studio Manager MAKE March 2013 – July 2014 Vancouver, BC

Cultivating the Make marketing program, assisting with project management, managing all our event coordination and leading studio management.

Marketing Assistant Industrial Brand May 2012 – March 2013 Vancouver, BC

Leading social media marketing, assisting with copywriting and marketing strategy and managing administrative tasks.

Volunteer CHART Art Fair July 2014 – July 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark

Helping out with communications for the Nordics' biggest art fair.

Assistant Curator Grunt Gallery 2011 – 2012 Vancouver, BC

Co-leading the curatorial process for this artist run centre’s digital art exhibition, ‘Activating the Archive’.

Clients

NikeFinlandia VodkaChambordHyper IslandThe University of British ColumbiaSteelSeriesCopenhagen DistilleryColoplastMagasinSwatchThe Coca Cola Companyadidas OriginalsIKEAPANDORADareDisruptArtRebels

Education

BA in Art History The University of British Columbia September 2010 – September 2015 Vancouver, BC

Skills

EditingCopywritingJournalismResearchCreative strategySocial media strategyCommunity managementTranslationBad jokesFluent FrenchFluent EnglishAdobe Suite