Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

Fasso-Opie Media

I have been working as a journalist/newspaper editor across Victoria and South Australia in the print/digital space for the past nine years and have recently turned freelancer. During my time as a journalist, I have interviewed the late godfather of Italian gastronomy Antonio Carluccio, then Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard on a rare day off, covered fires and floods and survived a three-day power outage in Port Lincoln. I was in a newsroom in the US when the Boston Bombings took place in 2013 and, in 2016, on my first day on the job in a South Australian city, covered the tragic muder-suicide of a father and his two young sons. The year 2016 also ended with a tragedy, when I covered the search for three missing family members lost at sea on their fishing boat at Cape Jaffa. What journalists call ‘hard news’ is my strength and I make a point of telling these stories accurately, fairly and with empathy and sensitivity. But I also love human interest stories. To you, a person might just be your Nanna, but to me, they are super interesting. I am of the firm opinion that everyone has a story to tell. I make it my mission in life to tell these stories, stories which matter.

my core skills

News and feature articles

copywriting

proof reading

sub-editing

interviewing

Q & A

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

I was recently sponsored by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to attend the inaugural Women in Media national conference on the Gold Coast, representing rural SA. It was a fantastic experience and one I am very grateful for.

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

I really love profile pieces -- pieces about people, who they are and what they do, which a previous newsroom I worked in called 'With Heart' stories. These are the stories which make my heart sing. A typical week can include researching and interviewing someone for a magazine or newspaper profile piece and then writing the story to meet my deadline. Other freelance projects I have worked on have included: * Collating and editing e-newsletters and medical Powerpoints for commercial use; * Creating social media posts regarding state-of-the-art medical treatment; * Creating engaging content for lay people on specialised topics including finance and IT; * Covering stock sales including ram stud auctions in south-east South Australia *Co-ordinating, writing and selling advertising space for an inaugural fishing competition; * Finding the angle for a news, human interest story or feature piece; *Sub-editing and proofreading academic work including honours theses in the commerce and history fields, along with undergraduate constitutional law assignments; * Writing and proofing scholarship applications; * Assisting in the job search process by tailoring an individual client's unique skills and abilities to create a kick a*se cover letter taking into account the advertised job description and KPIs.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

I spend a lot of time in the office with my coffee, trusty notebooks, computer and diary. Working from home means my office is pet friendly and I often have a dog on my lap snoozing while I write. But I love to get out of the office as much as I can, see the world and have a good chat to my clients. Being a freelancer truly does allow me to work from anywhere.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

Working as a journalist for almost a decade, in multiple newsrooms across Australia means I have a good handle on a range of issues, and the empathy to go with it. Being the eldest of five children means I am also pretty good at listening and reading visual cues!

What are the tools of your trade?

Notebook, pen, mobile phone, diary and of course, a 'to do' list. My computer also comes in handy as well!

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

Yes, I'm more than happy to do this! There is a place for team work in creating any great project and no one is an expert at everything. I would be more than happy to hear from anyone interested in collaborating.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Reaching out and connecting. Being a freelancer can be quite isolating. It is important to let others in the industry know how you are going and let people who are not in the industry know who you are and what you do. Changing the perception of a nine to five office job is not going to happen overnight, but it is important for people to know it is possible.

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