A Working Life in Words

Unknown-1I was really looking forward to meeting this woman, let’s call her Samantha.

From her first email I was charmed by her openness and warmth – an impression only enhanced by her welcoming smile and the words, ‘I’m really sorry, but I don’t have a clue why you’re here.’

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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

Prepping for an Interview

BiaE5KG8TNext up is an interview I did with the Editor of a group of local newspapers. I thought I should prepare some questions beforehand, and found these on an excellent site that’s worth a look if you’re planning to do the four month NCTJ crammer course in Lambeth. Continue reading

Answers Straight from the Beeb

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So here we are again, back where it all started, the place that so inspired me to start this journey: BBC Broadcasting House.

Actually, these answers to my questions aren’t actually straight from the BBC, they’re from its recruitment company, Capita. And once again I’m very grateful for the time a very helpful Recruitment Resourcer took in responding to them all for me.

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Voicing an Opinion

This is one busy woontheairman. She runs a website and holds events supporting freelancers, does regular work as a voice over artist and is a former BBC presenter. With two children under four, her working life is shoehorned into two days a week and evenings and weekends. But you know what they say: ask a busy person… Somehow she found time to answer my questions, for which I’m very grateful. 
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Searching for the Idyll

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idyll – noun
‘an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque period or situation’

If there is such a thing, today I met a man who believes he’s found it – in Dorset. ‘We lay on the beach in 28 degrees and thought, this is it, this is the life we want.’ And so, a man of many entrepreneurial ways, he moved here from Up North, initially got a job in marketing, then set up a magazine, then ran some events, did some Tweeting (lots of Tweeting) and the rest is the history in the making.. Continue reading