David Murphy

Copy Editor, Writer

A Passionate Storyteller.

Hello, my name is David Murphy, and I am a freelance writer with a BA in Journalism and a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Visual Media from Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland. I have a passion for storytelling and creating content for traditional and online media channels, and I am always striving to create high-quality and engaging content.

I am currently operating as a freelance writer creating proponent-specific content—for traditional and online channels—for various companies and groups. This work includes writing articles, profiles, event-coverage pieces, blog posts, marketing pieces, press releases and digital and social media content. Along with my writing, I am also working in a copyediting/writing and proofreading capacity on a project-by-project basis.

I have previously worked as a staff writer for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) editorial team located in the university’s Marketing Communications Department (MARCOM). At KAUST, I focused on creating a variety of written content for the university’s traditional and online media channels. During my time at the university, I researched, edited and wrote over 130 science-related articles featuring KAUST researchers, postdocs, students and staff. I also worked on internal communications, including management of the university's blog and writing and publishing daily campus-wide email announcements.

Current projects include creating online and traditional print content for MARCOM and the KAUST Red Sea Research Center and various content creation and copywriting work for the international marketing and communications company, EMG. I am also working in a proofreading capacity for REDSTAR Works' Hangzhou and Qingdao monthly magazines.
Content Types
Article, Commercial, Social Copy, Interview, Website Copy, Blog Post, Email Newsletter, Ad/Promotional Copy
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Griffith College Dublin, BA (Hons) in Journalism and Visual Media
Griffith College Dublin, BA in Journalism
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China|English, Irish

Published Content

Exploring oxygen supersaturation in aquatic habitats

Reduced oxygen availability in aquatic habitats is a growing threat to marine ecosystems worldwide. The lack of oxygen triggers many physiological actions in marine animals, generally endangering their homeostasis and rendering them highly susceptible to modifications in the environment, such as temperature, salinity and contaminants.

September 4th, 2019
Blog Post
2019 Trend Report: The future of rigid plastic

n response to directives, such as the European Union’s urgent call to halve food waste in the union by 2025, plastic manufacturers have invested heavily in the research and development of smart, active and intelligent rigid plastic packaging solutions that counteract any possible leakage or spoilage issues.

May 6th, 2019
Muslim civilization enriches the world

Throughout history, horology, the study and science of time measurement, has played a crucial role in the development of humanity from the time of the ancient Sumerians and throughout Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Indian civilizations. The need to determine daily prayers times and measure the beginning and end of fasting periods has motivated Muslims throughout history to develop and improve previous time-measuring devices, such as astrolabes, clocks, sundials and water clepsydras.

February 9th, 2019
What drives us and what powers us

As a society, our future access to energy will define what we can and cannot do as individuals, nations and as a global human culture. Every aspect of our lives is underpinned by energy and how it is generated and consumed, and we as a race are extremely energy-hungry.

February 12th, 2018
The skill behind the utilitarian

Glass has a long history in promoting scientific development, and its core properties—non-volatility, heat resistance, malleability and a non-porous nature—render it an ideal material for scientific experiments. From the thermometer to the light bulb to fiber optics, glass has fundamentally changed how we view and interact with our world.

June 5th, 2018
WAYAKIT: The sweet smell of success

All savvy international travelers can attest to one of the less glamorous downsides of traveling—trying to keep clothes clean and fresh from stains and smells accumulated while on the move.

June 15th, 2019
Science: The language of modern life

In the 17th century when colonists arrived in North America, they brought with them a need for iron and iron ore to supplement building and infrastructure needs; to create cooking implements; and to craft tools and weapons, among other uses. In 1783, when the American Revolution ended, to facilitate the burgeoning iron needs of the fledgeling nation, 83 new ironworks were established in the state of Pennsylvania alone, with 30 per cent of the new growth concentrated in the center of the “Keystone State.”

November 19th, 2017
Art as a window into sight

Artists have long recognized that color and luminance can play independent roles in visual perception. Picasso once said, "colors are only symbols. Reality is to be found in luminance alone."

February 4th, 2018
From Germany to Saudi Arabia: A journey for Isabelle

In May 2017, Manfred and Doris sat down at their kitchen table in Meerbusch to plan their next trip abroad—this time a road trip to visit Isabelle at KAUST. What would seem a daunting trip to people half their age barely registered with the adventurous couple, who, in their 50 years of marriage, have already travelled through 90 countries—they've driven the Silk Road from Germany to China; driven the length of the Americas; traveled the length and breadth of Asia; and taken regular forays in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

May 20th, 2018
‘Nothing transports me back to Ireland like hurling commentary’

With the passing of time, many of us inherit many of our parents’ mannerisms and enjoyment of things we would never have admitted to in our youth. I am now at the age where I can happily say I enjoy the placid circumlocutory of RTÉ Radio 1, so beloved by my father.

August 23rd, 2017
The Global Potential of Wastewater

Now more than ever, it is crucial for the scientific community to discover solutions for freshwater ecosystems while meeting the human need for safe water. Peiying Hong, an assistant professor of environmental science and engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), dedicates the majority of her time to water research, and in particular, wastewater and harnessing its potential to address global water scarcity and to improve global health issues in developing countries.

May 15th, 2018
Disposable Lifesaving Sensors

Large area environmental monitoring can play a crucial role in dealing with crisis situations, such as forest fires or industrial gas and chemical leaks. Forest fires alone are responsible for thousands of fatalities worldwide every year and exposure to the unmonitored emission of toxic gases in industrialised and remote regions can also lead to fatalities and lifelong health issues.

February 22nd, 2018
David Murphy
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