Thursday, 6 December 2007

Guest Speaker-Boyd Farrow

"Journalism is like doing a crossword", these were the first words of Boyd when he came to Falmouth to speak to our class.

Boyd didn't want to walk into a lecture hall with a room full of people staring at him, waiting for him to tell us about his life. So he was grateful when we contributed to the lecture, by asking him questions too and getting involved.

Boyd thinks people should be journalists because they love writing, not because they want to make a lot of money or be famous and writing things you are truely passionate about. Boyd worked for 'Screen International' which is a magazine for the film industry. After a couple of years, he rose up and then became the editor of the magazine.

Boyd describe himself as "self confessed grown-up-adolescent". He found it really exciting telling us about how he got to meet his film idols at film festivals. He met his idol Robert Di Nero. Boyd said he was 'painfully' shy and they didn't really speak to each other and he was getting a little scared.

He finally got bored of the film journalism and moved on to become a business journalist, now the deputy editor of European business. Being a freelance journalist, so working from wherever he may be works well for him, and as he sees the future within the journalism world to be poor, business will all soon be online so therefore all will be able to reach the more 'mobile' freelancers who are around and about.

I wonder when it'll change, and if we'll actually notice?

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