Freelance Journalist Focus: Alex Iszatt
Alex Iszatt, freelance writer of “everything and anything”, is today’s Focus interview subject…
About your journalism:
What do you write about?
Everything and anything, I love a challenge and learning new stuff so, bring it on.
Where are we likely to see your work?
I write a lot of the features for The Market, a great new national print publication, including interviews with Jade Jagger and Raymond Joabar, Fashion pages and Psychology pieces.
I am also a bit of a tech geek and have articles in Web Designer Mag, Tripwire Magazine, Dork Adore and The Market.
Finally, I am also a MAJOR homebody, I try and write for as much of the local press as I can and I can be found airing my views on MyMarlow.co.uk monthly.
What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
This is a hard question; I take pride in everything I have done. I am always happy when an article gets recognition, for example the Logo piece for Dork Adore was the most popular piece on the site for 2010. My article on Operation Danube for Police Professional received the most amount of fan mail the magazine had ever received!
What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
My ideal interview would be with Kylie, she is my childhood idol and has gone through so much in her life and always comes out smiling!
About you and PRs:
Where do you source ideas for articles?
I use SourceWire, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other contacts I can get my hands on.
How can PRs be useful to you?
I am always looking for great stories, products to review and events to attend – If you have something a bit different I can turn it into a great story.
Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
Helpful if I can make it work into a story.
If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
I would like relevant emails, but I guess they don’t know it’s relevant until they try!
How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I would probably still be fighting crime! I was a Crime Scene Examiner for three years and I currently use the skills I learnt writing forensic case studies for Police Professional. I still have a passion for forensics and love working out the ‘who done it’.
If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
Probably in Rio… I am off to the Carnival in a few weeks and would love to join the dance school and shake my thang!
What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Most of my bedside books are crime novels. I have just finished Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris, I love the Hannibal books – they are so well written and I can’t put them down, I think I have read Hannibal 10 times! My guilty pleasure is Perezhilton.com, I love dipping into the world of celebrity every now and again!