Welcome to my landing page. I’m Tom Hill and I am here to help with writing projects, editorial research or media training.
I have been a journalist for 35 years and can draw on experience in network broadcasting, higher education and international business writing.
SO WHAT’S UP TO SPEED?
I founded the company in 2006 to deliver journalism courses, but seven years later succumbed to the temptation to return to frontline reporting and the opportunity to travel. To turn Don Black’s famous lyric for Michael Jackson’s hit Ben on its head, “we used to say “us” and “we”, now it’s “I”, now it’s “me”.
DON’T YOU GET LONELY?
Well, I would do, but in addition to family members, I’m ably assisted by Jimmy the Border Terrier and Henry the vacuum cleaner. I can also turn to an active network of close contacts including photographers, videographers, picture editors and graphic designers to produce more complex projects.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am at home in Bournemouth, on England’s south coast, which is where I’ve lived for the best part of two decades. Working from home is nothing new for me, but I used to do much more travelling. My March 2020 update from Google Maps showed I’d travelled almost a third of the way around the world in the first three months of the year with work trips to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and France. Covid-19 quite literally clipped my wings. By August 2021, Google’s record of my international work was looking dated. From the “office” in my humble abode, I’m happy to tackle editorial work in English for clients anywhere in the global village while also looking forward to some exciting new “foreign jobs” in the near future.
HOW DO YOU OPERATE NOW?
With Zoom or a boom. Since the lockdown, I’ve produced chapters for an economic report on the Saudi holy city of Medina using online interviews on Zoom and on the phone, and have also helped to deliver face-to-face media training for senior military officers using the boom stand for my microphone to abide by two-metre social distancing requirements. I have offered interview preparation workshops on Zoom to clients in defence and an international FinTech firm.
WELL HOW DID I GET HERE?
That’s a fair question that, to paraphrase The Talking Heads, “you may ask yourself”. And since I’ve spent nothing on online advertising, it’s one that’s intriguing me too. Let’s hope that now you’ve found me, I can help you, and that this won’t be a Once In A Lifetime visit.