Sharon Maxwell Magnus started her journalism career on Cosmopolitan magazine and spent twenty five years working as a senior editor and journalist for consumer and business-to-consumer magazines in the UK across a range of platforms. She also wrote as a freelance for national newspapers. Her main interests were women's rights, career and disability issues. She has won three awards for her journalism and still practises, occasionally, as a journalist. She has written two books one of which, Think Yourself Rich, was also a TV series. She has also been a ghost writer.
In her academic career, her current research interest is charting how women's emancipation and political interests were reflected and promoted in the pages of women's magazines during the late twentieth century.She has also researched and written on employability and equality issues, particularly in regards to students in Communications and Humanities subjects.
Catherine Pakenham Award, Rosemary Goodchild Award, Industrial Society for Journalism on a work-related issue