After his talk – which saw him captivate a full house – he gave me a short interview on getting on in journalism.
Paul is well placed to speak on this because he went from being deputy editor of a business to business title, Computer Weekly, (where he was my manager) to landing a job on Newsnight. That was a stratospheric jump over the heads of plenty of more experienced broadcast journalists.
He is a very successful journalist and not short on advice. in this interview he says his success was due to:
- Being in the right place at the right time
- Knowing nothing and asking the most obvious questions
- A mind enquiring about the new rather than the old
He advises would-be journalists to:
- Think about the cost of your education as a ‘sunk cost’
- Get a degree in something interesting then do journalism or just blag your way in
- Have a look at Tumblr for creating content
- Be flexible and innovative in how you do content