What It's Like Being A Real Journalist?
Marcello Mega is an award winning journalist who has written for many national newspapers including The Scotsman, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Sun and The Observer. He lives in Midlothian.
Why did you want to become a journalist?
I wanted to do something interesting and different every day and I wanted to write for a living. A lot of journalists want to write books and I would still like to do that, but as a journalist I can write articles quickly and be paid for it.
What are the good and bad things about your job?
It’s really interesting and always different. If there’s something you don’t like about the job it usually passes quite quickly. A few years ago there weren’t so many bad things about being a journalist. At the moment though there’s more interest in what celebrities are doing and I don’t think that should be news. I feel a lot of important things don’t get written about because of that.
What is your favourite thing about being a journalist?
I get to meet a lot of interesting people like members of the royal family, Prime Ministers, Scotland’s First Minister, sporting heroes of mine like Billy McNeil from Celtic Football Club and also Billy Connolly who your mums and dads might have heard of.
What is it like to be a journalist?
There are really good things about it. You get to write lots of interesting stories. But one thing I should warn you about is that not everybody like you when you say you are a journalist. It’s a profession that people are instinctively suspicious of in the same way they are suspicious about lawyers and politicians.
How many newspapers have you worked for?
I have worked for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times and as a freelance journalist written for all the major papers in Britain including The Times, The Observer, the Sunday Mirror and The Guardian.
How long does it take to write a newspaper article?
It depends on what you are writing about. If you are working for a daily newspaper you could write two or three articles a day. It can also depend on how many people you need to talk to for you article and how much information you need to gather. Sometimes if you are reporting on a court story you only have half and hour to meet a deadline. The main thing is that you are accurate and quick.
How many people have you met?
More than 1000.
When did you become a journalist?
When I was 23. A long time ago. On my first day at work at The Scotsman it was the first time I had ever used a computer.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Annoying people who deserve to be annoyed. People who think they are powerful and better than everyone else.
What is your favourite newspaper?
The Sunday Times
Where do you work?
In my attic at the top of my house. I hear everything that is going on and then get to have dinner with my family.
Where have you been with your job?
All over Britain, Ireland, Turkey, Spain, Italy and the Gulf.
Do you have to pay to travel?
When you are working for newspapers they pay for your travel and hotels which is good.