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She reflects on her seven-year career in journalism.
Where have you worked since finishing your NCTJ at Brighton Journalist Works?
I then joined Red magazine, where I was promoted to deputy chief sub after a year, and given lots of writing opportunities along the way.
I’m now a freelance journalist based in Dubai.
Describe your average day?
Dubai is four hours ahead, so I make the most of the morning head-start by firing off emails and scanning the web for ideas â€“ then, after a few hours at the pool, the afternoons are all about writing.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you while working on a story?
I found a workout I actually enjoyed while researching a feature â€“ never thought I’d see the day.
What are your favourite stories you have worked on?
I love writing magazine features â€“ from funny first-persons to thoughtful memoirs â€“ and recently got to interview rising fitness star The Body Coach, which was pretty cool.
He wrote on Instagram that my piece on him was “without a doubt my favourite article to date”.
What work are you particularly proud of?
A column I wrote for Red on alternative New Year’s resolutions â€“ I had a day to turn it around and the response from readers was overwhelming. It’s amazing to think your words can actually make a difference.
What is your happiest memory at BJW?
Probably doing the vox pops â€“ taking real people’s voices and threading them together to create my own story was not only very satisfying but a lot of fun.
What skills did you learn at BJW that you still use today?
Fundamentally, to keep it simple, whether subbing, writing, or applying for a job.
It’s where I learned the importance of a one-page CV, which in my opinion is vital in this industry.
What advice would you give to aspiring journalists?
Persistence is everything! I applied to Red twice and was rejected twice, but because I kept in touch with the chief sub, she eventually gave me a chance.
I took a pay cut and a demotion to work on a title I believed in, and it paid off: I’m now doing the kind of work I could only have dreamed of a few years ago.
That and have confidence in your words: never use two when one will do.