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Freelance Journalist Focus: Laura Berrill

Freelance journalist Laura Berrill writes on politics, news, business and IT. She also writes PR proposals, and her work has appeared in many newspapers, magazines and online.

This week, FeaturesExec caught up with Laura to discuss her work, where she gets her ideas from and how she’d spend £1,000.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
I write on various subjects ranging from politics and news, to business and IT. On top of that I write PR proposals for various clients, from the fashion and photography world to charities such as the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Cats Protection League!

Where are we likely to see your work?
Online articles, newspapers and magazines.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
The high-pressured environment of The Times Online, and for good causes I feel passionate about.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
To interview Nick Clegg and Vince Cable to ask them when they really thinks the Lib Dems can replace Labour.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
Watching the news a lot, scouring the web and lots of publications, as well as talking to people!

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
On email and phone and to meet face to face.

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
I don’t mind conferences, I think they are, or can be, very interesting.

If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
Improve their written communication skills!

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
Maybe train to be a lawyer or trading standards officer.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
Get ahead with the mortgage/rent and take my family out somewhere nice.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Time and hour run through the roughest day (Shakespeare – pretentious I know!)

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Lots of history books, travel guides and non-fiction, as well as The Economist occasionally!
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