Robin Bairner | Freelance Sports Writer

Our latest guest is freelance sports writer, Robin Bairner.

Tell us about yourself, what you currently do and how did you end up where you are right now?

I’ve also worked for three years with the WTA on tennis, so I’ve got broader experience than just simply football, and it has been good to see how things are done in other sporting cultures.

I’m now editor at a new site — http://FootballTransfers.com — which will, as the name suggests, focus on all aspects of the transfer market. It’s a very exciting proposition to be working on a brand new site, and while there are challenges to overcome, and while we’re still some way from having the finished product, the team is strong and we’re excited about what we can achieve.

What does a normal week look like for you?

You were full-time with GOAL for over 13 years, any standout memories/highlights or pieces of work you’re proud of and would like to share?

What is your number one focus when it comes to your work?

What is the most enjoyable part of your role?

What is the most difficult part of your role?

When did you know you wanted to work in football?

What are your thoughts on the current freelance market for football writers/journalists?

What general advice would you give to those individuals looking to pursue a career path similar to yourself? What are the key skills required to work in football journalism?

As an editor, I’m really looking for younger writers who will 1) use initiative and 2) follow instructions, whether that’s on a story brief or simply correct style errors that have been flagged up.

Where do you see your career in the future? Are there any specific objectives you hope to achieve?

And finally Robin, where can people find you on social media?

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