Leon Gettler

Leon Gettler is an award winning author of several books in areas of business and history, a business journalist and radio presenter. He is a freelance journalist with extensive experience writing for daily newspapers and magazines. Besides writing daily for Business First, bringing the latest in business news, he manages a leading business podcast for RMIT University. He also runs two radio programs for Melbourne radio station J-Air (87.8FM). As a writer, he is known for tight clear and engaging copy. He’s also full of ideas about writing, communication and getting messages across. Experienced in tight deadlines, he always has an eye out for interesting events and information. He is ready to work with clients preparing copy for websites, newsletters and publications.

my core skills

Business analysis

superfast

good contacts

hard working

news savvy

Q & A

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

Going out to freelance in 2008 after 18 years at The Age. I learned a lot being out on the road and I developed good contacts

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

Pretty hectic. Usually starts at about 1am preparing copy for Business First. I spend the day working on stories and preparing news items for my podcasts. I also spend three hours a day working on my PhD focusing on media companies in the digital age

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Relaxed. In my study. Lots of coffee, tea and water.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I have a razor sharp sense for business news and I know how to convey the complex in easy to understand English. I am also much faster than most journalists in producing copy.

What are the tools of your trade?

Razor sharp news sense and top writing skills.

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

I work with Garry Barker preparing our Talking Business podcast every week. We work well together. We have been doing it for eight years successfully. Our podcast has 300,000 listeners every week/

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Take every job as it comes. EVery job is interesting

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