Suzanne Wrack | Women’s Football Writer

Our next guest is The Guardian’s women’s football writer, Suzanne Wrack.

Hi Suzanne, thanks for taking the time to speak to Freelance Football Opportunities today. Can you tell us about yourself, your journey and how you ended up women’s football writer for The Guardian?

From there I got a job as a sub-editor at the Morning Star. After a while I started helping out on the sports desk and going to the odd match and that lit the sports journalism fire in me. I went to every event about getting into sports journalism I could, wrote as much as I could and networked as much as I could.

I applied for a job at the Guardian as a sports sub-editor but didn’t get it. On the advice of the late Vikki Orvice, I asked for shifts and the rest is history. I started doing layout shifts and a bit of sub-editing and in June 2017 was asked to start a weekly women’s football column. Now I write full time on women’s football.

It’s no secret that working in sports can be a 24/7 job, if there is a ‘normal’ week, what does that look like for you?

Social media means you have to be alert to the news and keep your ear to the ground pretty much 24/7. There’s very little down time. Even when on holiday. But I love my job.

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?

Throughout your career to date, you’ve interviewed many players and covered big football tournaments, any standout interviews or fond memories you’d like to share?

Who are your favourite writers at the moment and what do you think it is that makes them so brilliant?

What general advice would you give to those individuals looking to pursue a career in football writing? What are the key skills required?

I’m sure you’ve sent countless pitches in your time. In your opinion, what makes a good pitch? Any key advice you can share with freelancers at the start of their journey looking to pitch their stories/ideas to editors?

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