Freelance Focus: Richard Cosgrove

Richard Cosgrove has over 10 years experience working in magazine publishing as a sub-editor and production editor, having worked on publications covering subjects as varied as finance, digital photography, home entertainment technology, and collectable toys. He is now available for freelance sub-editing and production editing work. In today’s Freelance interview, he gives us some insight into his current work, his most exciting projects, his views on PRs, and more.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
I’m a freelance sub-editor and production editor. I have worked on magazines covering subjects as diverse as the private equity industry, to digital cameras, to collectable toys.

Where are we likely to see your work?
Previously in the magazine PC Zone, which closed last year. Currently, Unquote”

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
Relaunching a bimonthly magazine, full of repurposed content, into a premium monthly title, full of original articles. It was so good, it was closed down.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
Interview with Duncan Jones on how he coped with life on the road as a kid, and working in creative industries under the shadow of his father – David Bowie.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
Online news stories. Blogs. Social media.

How can PRs be useful to you?
Providing information requested in a timely manner.

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
As a sub-editor, I rarely write articles, so I contact them when I’ve needed.

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
They’re interruptions to production schedules. But useful for journalists for networking and building contacts.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
Either be a screenwriter, director or teacher.

If we gave you £1,000, how would you spend it?
On my credit card bill.

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Books: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Harlan Ellison; On Directing Film, David Mamet; The Sheep Look Up, John Brunner; Visual QuickStart Guide to Final Cut Pro 7 (still unopened. Just lies there, scaring me.)
Magazines: MovieScope
Blogs: Replaced by BBC News, my Twitter feed, and Google Reader.

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