Interview with: A JOURNALIST

Our ‘Interview With’ series speaks to people in varying careers to ask about their role and how they got there, to inspire others who may be at the stage of picking a career or switching up their current one.

This week, we interviewed a freelance journalist and PR (public relations) consultant, if you’re creative, imaginative and want to finish your day at 2pm this may be the role for you…

WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?

Freelance journalist and PR consultant

  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING SINCE LEAVING FULL-TIME EDUCATION?

5 years

  • WHAT ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR IN YOUR ROLE?

As a journalist, I write articles for newspapers and online platforms. As a PR consultant, I work with clients to create PR strategies and content.

For those who don’t know, public relations (PR) is essentially securing free advertising for clients by writing articles/pitching great story ideas/event ideas to journalist to write about your client in their publication/talk about them at their event/on their social media etc. for exposure – instead of paying for the advertising directly, they pay the PR person to seed those stories/form relationships with journalists to do so.

  • WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKDAY LOOK LIKE?

My alarm goes off early, I go to the gym then walk the dog, grab a cup of coffee and I’m at my desk working by 8am. The luxury of being freelance is that I can choose my own working hours (to a degree) so I typically try to finish around 2-3pm when possible.

  • WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Hearing stories from inspirational people and having a platform to share them.

  • WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO YOUR INDUSTRY?

Say yes to any opportunity – regardless of whether you think you’re qualified/know enough. Opportunities arise in the strangest of places!

  • WHAT ARE THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR YOUR ROLE/INDUSTRY?

A journalist degree/PR qualifications are often desirable, but if you have a good eye for a story and a passion for the subject matter, that’ll get you further than any qualification.

  • WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL GROWING UP?

I can’t think of a specific role model, but I always had a huge amount of respect for my parents who ran their own business and put in all the hours while raising a young family.

  • IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANY ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Don’t worry what others think of you, and don’t change yourself to fit in – by the time you’re old enough to appreciate that advice, those people will be completely irrelevant!

PAY RANGE IN £ (TOTAL PACKAGE): 

A = up to 20k
B = 21-30k
C = 31-50k 
D = 50-70k <<<<< 
E = 70k +