Freelance journalist interview with Sarah Cruickshank

Sarah Cruickshank is a freelance journalist specialising in parenting, child care, education and play. A former supply teacher, her work has appeared in titles including Child Care and Practical Preschool. Here, Cruickshank tells us more about her work, why London events don’t work for all journalists and what you’ll find her reading in her spare time.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
Parenting, childcare, education, play and some first-person pieces.

Where are we likely to see your work?
Practical PreSchool, Child Care, 5 to 7 Educator, My Child,,

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
The stuff I’ve done that practitioners have told me has made a difference to their practice.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
Sister Ann Teresa, founder of the Medaille Trust, a group that works with sex workers. Sr Ann taught me many years ago and I’d be fascinated to learn how she made the transition from RE teacher to what she’s doing now.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
News stories, press releases, the National Curriculum, practitioners asking me to write about things.

How can PRs be useful to you?
By keeping in contact. I do product reviews for my website and am always interested in unusual but practical products that parents and childcarers might find useful.

How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Email is the best way to contact me. I’ve got a mobile phone, but I’m not very good at answering it. I read and answer emails a few times a day though.

Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
I live in Lancashire and usually have to do the school run, so London events – well events anywhere other than the North West – pass me by.

If you could make one change to the way PRs deal with you, what would it be?
All the PRs I deal with are great, I wouldn’t change a thing!

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I trained as a teacher and spent happy years as a supply teacher, so I’d do that.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
On a new laptop and loads of lovely notebooks.

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs
on your screen?

Lots of Agatha Christie and The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World by Linda Jones on my bedside table, Writing Magazine and Writers’ News in my bag, along with something on card making or knitting. and on my screen

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