Freelance Journalist Focus: Suzi Dixon

Freelance journalist Suzi Dixon writes on a range of topics including travel, health, beauty, spas and weddings. Her work has appeared in many newspapers, magazines and online.

This week, FeaturesExec caught up with Suzi to discuss her work, her most memorable feature so far and how she’d spend £1,000.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
Anything required! My favourite commissions are anything to do with beauty, health and spas and I also love working for Perfect Wedding – it’s fabulously girly and full of gorgeous jewellery and dresses!

Where are we likely to see your work?
Just Google me! The Telegraph stuff ranks the highest but I’ve also been on the features staff at the Western Daily Press and Bristol Evening Post. Magazines = too many to mention but my favourites are Perfect Wedding, Grazia, You (Mail on Sunday), Seven (Telegraph Saturday) and Red.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
Writing about the manatees at SeaWorld in Orlando – did a travel piece and an eco piece and the whole trip was fabulous!

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I’d love to do more real life pieces, not celebrities but just the average woman and how she overcomes obstacles in her life… we all deal with dramas on a daily basis and people fascinate me!

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
PR contacts – I’ve got my favourites who I’ve known for years – national newspaper stories, from friends and family.

How can PRs be useful to you?
Send images quickly when requested – get to know the various products I work for – keep me updated with new products

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Email and twitter

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
Nope I love them! Love meeting people.

If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
Accept that as a freelancer I cannot influence editorial coverage… but in general my contacts are lovely and I wouldn’t change a thing.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I did ballroom and latin dancing from the age of 5 and did my exams to teach when I was 17… but working for a local paper, I already had the journo bug!

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
I’d take my best friends out for a lavish meal, champagne and a night at the casino.

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Honestly? Trash lit such as Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins. Escapist and I love it!

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