Linda Aitchison - Journalist & Travel Writer Linda Aitchison - Journalist & Travel Writer

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TravelI treasure the opportunities my travel writing brings me

My work in RussiaI loved working in Russia, I went from a reporter at the English-language weekly The St Petersburg Press to editor. I also helped launch the monthly lifestyle publication, Pulse. I contributed to the Moscow Times and Aeroflot’s magazine and freelanced for UK media, most memorably for World in Action as they investigated mafia activity in St Petersburg after the death of a British engineer. Here is a brief selection of St Petersburg stories:

BooksTravel books I have contributed to

Lonely Planet St Petersburg Guide

Tales of a travelling mum

Family Travel – Need to know

Family travel

I’ve also regularly written about family travel for the following now sadly disappeared websites:

Mychild.co.uk

Ichild.co.uk

Readyforten.com

BusinessI’ve written lots about business for regional papers, business guides, websites and specialist publications. I’ve also edited a regional business paper, with the unsurprising title Business Report.

MediaI regularly contributed to Press Gazette and to a respected PR publication as well as writing for the Channel 4 website.

Social MediaI used to specialise in writing about Twitter! I contributed to a blog all about it, wrote a guide for journalists on how to use it and as you can see below wrote a Guardian Technology cover story on how then home secretary Alan Johnson adopted it as a campaigning tool.

OpinionA brief selection of views...

Family and relationships'Write what you know' they say – so I did! I’ve contributed to magazines including Practical Parenting, Woman, Woman’s Own and the NSPCC’s publication My Family as well as numerous websites, most notably Parentdish (now part of the Huffington Post.) I wrote about aspects of parenting from getting kids out of nappies to whether Rihanna is a great role model. Working with Britvic on their Ready for Ten website, as editor, I had the pleasure of bringing together a talented team of parent writers.

Education

Multiple birthsAs the mum of twins, it was inevitable I would end up writing about multiple birth issues. I built my own blog to 40,000 readers a month and edited Twins Triplets and More magazine on behalf of Tamba, the Twins and Multiple Births Association. As well as selling heart-warming stories to national newspapers and magazines, I also provided expansive content to parenting websites including Babyworld, Parentdish, My Child and ichild.

HealthMuch of my work over the years has concerned health. I was proud to contribute to One in Four, a magazine dedicated to mental health and was a regular writer for Sweet, which focused on diabetes.

Human interestI’ve sold stories about extraordinary people to most major UK newspapers and magazines, working with regional correspondents or staff writers. These include The Sun, The Mail, Take a Break, Love it!, Full House, Real People and more.

Bereavement

EditingI’ve been a news editor, editor, district news editor or filled in at the following publications

Express & Star

Worcester Evening News

Business Report

Twins, Triplets & More magazine

St Petersburg Press

Pulse

Ready for Ten

Television

Some of my favourite jobs involved writing about telly. I was a long-standing TV critic at the Wolverhampton Express & Star and later edited a Coronation Street-inspired blog as well as being an intrepid reporter for a site called TV Scoop where I kept readers informed of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here shenanigans.

Testimonials

  • I’ve known Linda professionally for a number of years and was thrilled to be asked to be an expert contributor to ReadyforTen.com As an editor, Linda cannot be faulted. She has a great eye for interesting content, gives good and prompt feedback, supports her writers and engages her readers. I particularly appreciate the way Linda manages to create a good team feeling amongst a wide range of freelance contributors, making us all feel part of the RFT family, even though most of us have never met. Linda has excellent skills in using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, webchats and blogging to engage readers. I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a writer, editor, PR or lovely person to work with.

    Joanne Mallon

  • Linda Aitchison is a safe pair of hands as a freelance journalist. She has an excellent eye for a story and brilliant writing skills, delivering crisp copy that answers all questions on deadline, without fail.

    Karen Pasquali-Jones

    Former editor Love it, Mother & Baby. Managing editor the Ethicalist.

  • Thanks very much for such an engaging and high quality workshop last week, which has definitely made a positive impression on us all! (And keeps coming up in conversation) The press release training was beyond useful and we are now applying it to other areas of our work as well.

    Amy Bird

    Sport Birmingham

  • I attended Linda's media training course on corporate writing and found it to be excellent. She made the subject entertaining and easy to understand with first class practical tips and suggestions, great notes and information to take away. Everyone left the day inspired to go out and find themselves some clients. I also know Linda to be an excellent PR woman, journalist and author.

    Siobhan O’ Neil

    Course attendee

  • I attended a one day training course run by Linda. I found the course to be extremely informative, highly practical, and of great value for enhancing my own business prospects.

    Lynley Oram

    Course attendee