Freelance Journalist Focus: Tim Gibson

FeaturesExec catches up with freelance journalist Tim Gibson in this week’s focus interview:

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
Cars, rural affairs, food, walking and the outdoors, religion and Church issues, ethics and philosophy (I also teach ethics, and offer media training).

Where are we likely to see your work?
On product packaging, in brochures and on websites; in B2B publications like Civil Service World; in academic journals; in my book and on my blog; in enthusiast magazines like Total Off Road, Land Rover World, Classic Van and Pick-up.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
Driving Dakar rally cars around the Sahara desert.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I’d love to do a trip through Norway in a classic Land Rover, and combine it with some wilderness walking.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
Press releases, my imagination, getting out and about with enthusiasts, and attending product launches.

How can PRs be useful to you?
By feeding me with interesting stories about their clients – and possibly pushing some copywriting work my way.

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Email or telephone – any time.

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
If they’re worthwhile, they’re never an interruption.

If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
Keep me in touch with developing news stories.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I’d be a farmer. Not sure that would pay the bills, mind…

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
On a classic Land Rover. Or a trip to Norway. Or both (if I was really canny).

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Roald Dahl’s Collected Short Stories, Deaf Sentence by David Lodge, Our Inner Ape by Frans de Waal, BBC Countryfile Magazine, Land Rover World, Farmers’ Weekly, Matthew Taylor’s blog on the RSA website.

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