Five Minutes With Rebecca Wright
We caught up with freelance journalist Rebecca Wright to see what really gets the women’s consumer media interested.
Hi Rebecca! Who are you working with at the moment?
Mainly for the weekly magazines, Prima and a couple of the papers as well as website Belle About Town. I specialise in real life stories but also work on lifestyle, food and health too.
Fab! Tell us about a ‘typical’ day (if there is such a thing!)
First off, I read the papers and listen to the Today programme. Then I normally try to crack on with copy first thing and ‘chase’ stories, do phone interviews and have meetings for the rest of the day. I check social media and the news websites on and off throughout.
Sounds busy – what’s the best thing about your job?
Variety, flexibility and creativity. I like juggling different types of writing and coming up with ideas to appeal to the different readerships I write for. The speedy nature of journalism appeals to me, and, being curious, I love finding out about new things and meeting new people.
And, dare we ask, the worst?
You have to work hard at keeping focused when you’re a freelance.
So what does a story need to be or have to get you interested?
For lifestyle/trend or health pieces - something new or timely or that fits in with a trend, a book or a TV programme that will excite readers in the markets I work for. Something that can be easily turned into a clever headline.
For real life stories, something with a strong emotional hook about a woman that the readers can easily relate to with tiny details that make the story come alive.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Do as you would be done by!
Where can we find you online?
@REBECCAWRIGHT21 on Twitter, on LinkedIn and at www.rebeccawrightfeatures.com