Sports journalism: Nicola Joyce interview

November 12, 2010

This week I was asked by the website Essential Writers to talk a little about my journalistic niche: sport and fitness. The interview is now up on the Essential Writers site; if you’re interested in how to get into sports journalism or just want to read what I have to say about the job, the perks and the challenges, head over and have a look.

Here’s an extract:

It’s difficult to untangle my career as a sportswriter from my own adventures in sport and fitness. In fact, I don’t think I’d be doing this job had it not been for one, rather special, sporting achievement. This is how it happened:

I made the decision to become a freelancer when I was made redundant and moved out of London. It seemed like as good a time as any to pursue a career in writing (something I’d always wanted to do). Initially, I took on copywriting clients, but knew I really wanted to write features for sport and fitness magazines.

I just needed a way to get my foot in the door. At the time, I was just a few weeks away from swimming the English Channel (the first of two successful swims, as it would turn out). If I couldn’t pitch a first-person piece about swimming the Channel, it was unlikely I had what it takes to be a freelance writer of sport-related features…

Thanks to Essential Writers for inviting me to be part of their specialist genres pages.

Sports journalism: Nicola Joyce interview is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

New website – – copywriting and sport journalism

September 6, 2010

Hi all,

With all the race report posts of recent weeks, you’d be forgiven for thinking this blog was solely for my sports ramblings. The idea is for it to be a combination of posts related to work (I have done some in the past – like this one and this one, for example) and posts about triathlon and the other sports I do.

With that in mind, I should blog briefly about my lovely new website which is here. After six years (!) of freelancing, I’ve finally got one place on the web which represents both ‘halves’ of my freelance work: copywriting and journalism.

Please have a click around (it’s the front page and copywriting site which are the new bits) and let me know what you think. Here’s hoping there aren’t any typos! 😉

New website is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Channel swimming season starts

May 1, 2010

The 2010 Channel swimming season officially opened today with the legendary Dover harbour training sessions kicking off under Freda Streeter’s expert eye.

I’m not swimming this year (although I might pop down for a visit and a swim later in the season). I swam the English Channel in 2004 and 2008, took part in a 6-(wo)man relay swim to France and back in 2005 and swam round Jersey in 2007.

There are lots of other marathon/solo (whatever you choose to call them) swims I’d love to do but, for now, I’m really enjoying dedicating my training time to cycling, running, strength and conditioning.

Maybe next year… 😉

Have you got any questions about Channel swimming? Let me know and I’ll do my best to answer! If I don’t know, I’ll certainly know someone who does 🙂

So, whilst those 115 (115!?!) wannabe or returning Channel swimmers are shivering in Dover, I’m shivering in Aviemore (it’s very cold here). From seaside to mountain tops!

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