Freelance Focus: Suzi Dixon

This week we catch up with Suzi Dixon who tells us more about her work, her social media addiction and how she was recently named in the top 100 journalists to follow on twitter.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
Health, beauty and travel, with a little bit of weddings sprinkled in for extra glitter.

Where are we likely to see your work?
Telegraph Weekly World Edition and, Aspect News, Women’s Fitness and various other mags and websites.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
Had a brilliant trip to Florida a few years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to do some fabulous overseas trips.
(Manatees get top billing on SeaWorld tour)

What feature would you love the chance to do?
I’d love to travel more within the UK, discover weird and wonderful places in this country.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas or articles?
Generally Twitter or long-term contacts, I do check my emails but I get so many press releases I don’t have time to read them all – it’s quite hit and miss.

How can PRs be useful to you?
Interact on Twitter, understand what I do and what my interests are – don’t just pitch blindly, pitch for a specific magazine or website. And don’t ask me to get you on the front page of the Telegraph!

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Twitter @suzidixon77 or email.

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful?
Useful but expensive, I don’t think people realise you don’t get paid for time off as a freelancer.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I used to compete in ballroom dancing as a child and did my exams to teach when I was 17. I’d love to have my own dance school, somewhere for teenagers to come and chill out as well as exercise.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
I’d take it to the casino and double it. I’m a bit of a roulette/Texas Hold Em whizz.

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Never far from a trashy novel, be it Jilly Cooper, Louise Bagshawe or Jackie Collins. I don’t care if it’s lowbrow, it’s fun.

Proudest moment?
Recently named in the top 100 journalists on Twitter – very proud of that, though it is merely a reflection of my social media addiction.

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