Ask anyone in Australia if they read the weekend paper and I bet they say to you "Uh...
well, I always read Body and Soul...does that count?" That answer is because of Gemma
Sutherland - editor extraordinaire. This week she talks to the Scout about what it takes to
create one of the most popular insert magazines in the country and ask her for advice for
other writer's trying to get work in the news and magazine world.
(This one's really great for all my writing students. Soak it up!)
|Photo care of Body +Soul|
How did you end up with the Body + Soul gig?
Well, I started my first job when I was in Uni, I got offered a job a day a week just doing copywriting for a local paper. So I took that, and then I filled in any vacancies they had and eventually I got offered a full time job. By the end of Uni I was working full time and studying full time. From there I met a contact who offered me the job of sports editor of a local paper. I took that job as well. I kind of got lucky after that, I got a job offer in London and moved there. I had a weeks trial and happened to nail it, so I worked there on the tabloids for a couple of years. And through the contacts I made there I got another offer back in Australia. I got a job here editing one of the Telegraph's insert magazines and when they relaunched another one of the magazines I was responsible for that. I guess I got a reputation for relaunching so when Body+Soul needed a relaunch and re-energise, I was asked to take it on, and that's how I ended up there.
What does your job entail?
What sort of deadlines do you face?
How do you choose your freelancers?
What sort of pitches do you ignore?
What do you love about your job?
What about you, what do you love to read?
What is the next step for you as writer and editor?
What is your advice for writers trying to get into the newspaper and magazine world?
Thanks Gemma, we love Body+Soul and your advice is priceless.
- the Scout