Editor, Gambling Insider
There are some wonderful bloggers, many of them hoping somebody notices their writing and offers them paid work. I can’t help but admire somebody who builds up a name for their own website through talent and hard graft, and then goes on to earn a living writing for other publications. Michael Cox (creator the football tactics website ZonalMarking.net) is a classic example.
How does the future of journalism fare in your opinion?
The outlook is quite mixed. There will always be a demand for thorough journalism and well-written copy, but it is a worry that this demand seems to have lessened in recent years. Widespread SEO (Search engine optimisation) within online journalism is a slightly discouraging trend, but internet search engines are making progress with their algorithms. This will hopefully see good content emerge the long-term winner.
What regrets, if any, do you have about your career choice?
I regret not learning shorthand at City. Transcribing interviews remains a massive pain. I had always assumed voice recognition software would be widely available and doing the hard work for me by the time I reached my thirties. Alas not. I still don’t have a Back To The Future-style hoverboard either.
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