Lucie’s journalism journey
At the age of 15 Lucie had her first news stories published in the local paper The Lymington Times, in Hampshire, England, during a work experience placement. It was 1990 and her stories were written on a typewriter. There were no mobile phones or emails and the paper itself was printed using the traditional hot metal process.
The experience immediately prompted Lucie’s life-long love of journalism and she began focusing on studying for a future career as a reporter. She soon carried out other intern placements on papers including The Daily Telegraph in London where further stories were published in the news and business sections.
From the age of 19 she worked regularly as a features reporter on the News of the World in London during university holidays and weekends. During her time on the paper Lucie covered the death of Diana, Princess of Wales along with working on investigations and news features.
During university Lucie won a sponsored three-month placement by the European Union to do an internship at the French newspaper, Denieres Nouvelles D’Alsace near Strasbourg. Her articles were written in French and covered a wide variety of news and feature subjects.
For her post-graduate diploma at City University, London, Lucie was sponsored by the Scott Trust, owners of The Guardian where she worked during the 1997 Blair election victory.
After graduating, Lucie was a staff reporter for the Press Association, the leading news agency for the UK based in central London. She travelled throughout Europe for royal stories, immigration and industry stories.
At 23, Lucie became one of the youngest staff reporters on the Daily Mail. During Lucie’s time in the newsroom she travelled all over the world on major assignments to Europe, America, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.
After being appointed as South-West Correspondent for the Daily Mail based in Bristol, she was twice highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.
Back in the London newsroom Lucie travelled constantly on the major news stories of the day, covering the Milly Dowler murder, Soham murders and flying to New York for the 9/11 aftermath.
Lucie went undercover during the G8 riots in Genoa, and travelled on assignments overseas on an almost weekly basis to countries including Sweden, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and Austria.
During her time in the US for 9/11 coverage Lucie also travelled to Texas and Arizona researching the background of the 9/11 attackers.
Keen to develop her feature writing and investigative skills Lucie moved into the Femail department of the Daily Mail where she was among a team of writers commissioned to work on long-form feature writing. One crime feature was a major news investigation uncovering the mystery for the first time of a baby’s body found in concrete.
After a short time working on the newly launched Irish Daily Mail in Dublin, Lucie moved to Australia in 2006 as the Associate Editor of marie claire Australia in Sydney. Tasked with writing the major reportage features she was sent to China to uncover a story of babies being adopted and collected at a hotel outside Hong Kong.
After setting up Lucie Morris-Marr Media, her own freelance media business and consultancy, she went on to help launch Grazia as Contributing Editor at ACP magazines in 2008.
After witnessing a tragic suicide with a family friend at a notorious suicide spot in early 2009 Lucie investigated the long history of suicides at Watson’s Bay, Sydney. As a result of her articles in Madison magazine and the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, the government announced new safety measures and fencing at the site. Also, a local elderly man who Lucie discovered had saved up to hundreds of suicidal people at the cliff top opposite his house was later made local hero Australian of the Year.
Fro, 2015-2016 Lucie worked as a Senior Writer on the Herald Sun in Melbourne. Lucie enjoyed working across news and features, breaking exclusive stories on a range of subjects.
Previously to the Herald Sun, Lucie spent a year as a contributing reporter in Melbourne for Daily Mail Australia covering events and news stories including the tragic Masa Vutokic murder in Doncaster.
She filed lead stories always finding a new, exclusive angle for the fast-paced website with many stories being posted to the UK and US site attracting thousands of hits.
When Lucie first arrived in the city she spent two years as Editor of Crystal Magazine, the luxury VIP magazine for Crown casino group. She commissioned writers globally on a host of subjects, edited copy, organised photo shoots and led a small editorial team with Edge Custom Media. Lucie also wrote the editor’s letter for Chairman James Packer and visited his casino resorts in London and Perth.