Editor-in-chief of Hello! Rosie Nixon is a writing force of nature. Her third novel is out in November, she has a movie in pre-production and is currently steering one of Britain’s best-selling women’s weeklies from a makeshift office in her bedroom.
From August 17 Rosie is exclusively sharing with Women in Journalism her experiences of our fabulous but often turbulent industry and offering her advice on how to turbo charge your own career.
And to further support Women in Journalism members in these difficult times where well-paid commissions are extremely thin on the ground, she is also offering a fantastic opportunity to secure a £400 commission in Hello!.
All Women in Journalism members – and particularly those from a BAME background – who have never written for Hello! before are invited to pitch a 1,000 word interview on an inspirational woman from a BAME background who has done something extraordinary in her community and deserves to be publicly recognised. Her story must not have appeared elsewhere in national media.
The writer can choose the format – either an introduction followed by a Q&A or a writethrough. Hello! will facilitate a photoshoot to accompany the piece so the subject must give consent to be photographed and make themselves available.
The pitch must include a headline in the Hello! style and Rosie says what she will be looking for is a strong news line.
“Tell me why this person is relevant now, why they will appeal to the Hello! audience and give me a really emotive story,” she says. “And be realistic. Make sure you have access to the person and that you can deliver the interview before you pitch.”
“It’s very important to me that we use our platform for good at Hello as we have a vast audience. I’m keen to champion people who need to have their voice heard. One of the things that makes journalism brilliant is having a variety of voices and backgrounds in the publications that you read. It’s really important that we hear from a diverse range of writers.”
You can pitch to Rosie by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The best five pitches will be shortlisted by WiJ and Rosie will choose the winner on 31 August. WiJ will profile the winner after publication of the commission.
So for your chance to learn from the best female editors in the business and pitch to them, join Women in Journalism and our Facebook Group today.