Justine McClymont

I’m a freelance writer and content writer specialising in the environment, sustainability, food, farming, gardening, lifestyle and travel. I’ve written articles for ABC Organic Gardener, Time To Roam, RM Williams Outback, Go Camping Australia, Sprout Magazine, Focus Magazine, Your Zen Life and City Permaculture.

I also take on specialist corporate writing, editorial and communications work. I’ve worked with large organisations in the environment, sustainability and tourism sector for 15 years and have experience in corporate writing, copywriting, marketing, media, communications, content coordination, editing and online publishing. I also have a degree in environmental science and postgraduate qualifications in environmental education.

I’ve worked on everything from promoting national parks, ancient world heritage rainforests and conservation volunteering for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to working at the grassroots level on community gardening and local food events. I’ve also worked on policy and projects for climate change, renewable energy, sustainability and agriculture for state and federal governments.

These days I’m based in the beautiful Northern NSW region where the forests and farmlands meet the sea. I’ve travelled widely around Australia and find inspiration in slow travel through big sky country, walking the streets of small country towns, sleeping under the stars and escaping into the world of festivals and music.

my core skills

Feature writing

Content writing

Corporate writing

Editing

Communications

Blogging

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

The amazing people I get to interview as part of my job is a constant source of inspiration! From innovative farmers, to leading environmental campaigners, high profile musicians, gardening personalities, indigenous Elders and creative entrepreneurs. It's a privilege to be able to tell these stories.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

There's not really a typical working week for me - every week is different. It might include pitching story ideas to national publications, exploring the rainforest on a famil tour, writing blog posts for a sustainability organisation, writing up a story to accompany a video for a major brand, brainstorming online article ideas for a content marketing agency or editing contributions for a tourism/lifestyle magazine. Each week is different and slightly unpredictable which always makes it interesting.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

I work in my home office in northern NSW with my friendly cocker spaniel and indoor plants for company. My garden is just outside my backdoor and I'm lucky to have the sound of birdsong in the background. Some days I work from our fantastic regional library or one of the great cafes in my country town.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

Attention to detail and reliability. I also have a background in environmental science, environmental education and ecotourism so have specialist knowledge in this area, but at the same time I love the challenge of researching new topics and quickly analysing information so it can be communicated in a clear and engaging style.

What are the tools of your trade?

My laptop, diary, mobile phone, voice recorder and good quality pens. And of course a strong cup of tea.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Yes in my view client work is always a form of creative collaboration. Being based in a regional area, most of my communication with clients/publications is over email, phone or Skype.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

To open yourself up to new opportunities.

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