I was lucky enough to catch up with my old boss Paul Mason at the Bath Literature Festival. Paul was in town to talk about his new book Why it is kicking off everywhere.

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:

He advises would-be journalists to:

Paul Mason gobs off about journalism (mp3)