Freelance journalist Lynda Hamilton mainly covers travel and real life subjects. In today’s focus she tells us how she typically sources ideas for articles and how she would blow £1000:
About your journalism:
What do you write about?
I focus mainly on travel and real life.
Where are we likely to see your work?
You’ll probably have seen my bylines mostly in My Weekly.
Where do you source ideas for articles?
From other media, releases I’m sent, off the top of my head or places I’ve seen/things I’ve experienced.
About you and PRs:
How can PRs be useful to you?
By keeping in touch and never giving up!
How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Anytime and by any means is good for me.
Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
Since I write a lot of travel, trips are of particular interest to me.
If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
To make sure it’s relevant i.e. if it’s for women’s mags, the case studies should not be male!
How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I’d like to study to be a doctor. Not sure that would pay the bills though!
If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
I’d blow it towards a trip to India; I’ve always wanted to travel there.
What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Apart from the chick lit, magazines like Food & Travel, Wanderlust and Lonely Planet.
[img|jpg|Freelancer Lynda Hamilton]