Freelance journalist Kip Brook tells us about his work and experience writing about everything from tourism to Tiger Woods.
About your journalism:
What do you write about?
I cover all bases: business, general news, sport, events, conferences, medical issues, travel, tourism – everything.
Where are we likely to see your work?
All daily newspapers, national television, radio, magazines and international online news sites.
What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
As a foreign correspondent and London Bureau Chief, I covered major disasters, War Office press conferences down Whitehall, Olympic Games, dozens of world sporting championships and writing about black townships in South Africa during the tense civil emergencies in the 1980s.
What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I have done most from Clinton to Blair; from Tiger Woods to All Black rugby captains. In Berlin a few years ago I got one of the world leaders to get up at 6am and I took them bike riding through the Brandenburg Gates and around the Gardens and parks – as a welcome break from boring ‘meaningful bilateral meetings!
About you and PRs:
Where do you source ideas for articles?
I provide all that.
How can PRs be useful to you?
I am one.
How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
If there is a need; they are the priority.
If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I’d be a life coach – mentor.
If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
Give it to a charity and write about how they are helping humanity.
What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Current books – The Great Wall (China) and The Perfect Hostage (the Burman Lady – Aung San Suu Kyi).