Fish and Tips


Photo by E S Salmon Leather

My last fab interviewee was formerly a BBC producer – a long career that’s made her an expert in fields as diverse as fishing, comedy, history and music.

After making the classic move to the country in order to find a more alternative lifestyle, she entered the world of magazine publishing as an editorial assistant and six months later was offered the editor’s role.

She has a wealth of information and advice, much of which she’s been kind enough to share here. Although, whilst she does indeed know the answers, you’ll have to look elsewhere to find out just how you make a bikini out of fish skins.

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The Butcher’s Blog

photoI have a very dear friend who, over the decades, has made the steady progression from newspaper tea boy, to editor on a national paper, to bigwig media negotiator. And once flew from London to Australia to enjoy fifteen minutes in a room with Rupert Murdoch.

So I’ve been very interested to hear what he had to say on regarding my quest to become a freelance journalist. And yesterday the answers finally came – in the form of a fully formed post which I thought would be interesting to reproduce here. Continue reading

On Being A Journalist

1009785_605530999486595_556337990_nWell, here’s someone who likes to start the day early. In gloriously frosty sunshine, it was 7.45am and I was sitting outside ‘Ed’s’ office, where he was already hard at work.  

Having decided not to do the NCTJ course, our chat became an exercise in looking more specifically at how to ‘be’ a journalist, what editors are looking for in freelancers and how to approach writing an article.

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A Dinosaur of The Jurassic Coast

giant-dragon-head-on-beach-designboom-08Journalists get such a bad rap, I’d like to mention that I’ve never met a nasty one. In fact, during my years in PR, time and again I was struck by how nice they were. And despite this particular Editor – let’s call him Rex – describing himself as an old hack, you’ll not meet a nicer, more helpful one; not least because he managed to end my quest on this journey by providing the definitive answer half way through the interview. Continue reading