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Nicholas Fonseca
  • Name Nicholas Fonseca
  • Company Time Out Australia
  • Position Sydney Editor
  • Interviewed by Social Diary on 29/5/2015
  • Q
    Describe your career path to date?
    A
    I was a writer and editor with Entertainment Weekly in New York City for a decade before moving to Sydney in 2009. I spent three years as an editor with Madison, went freelance after it folded and landed the job at Time Out in April 2014.
  • Q
    What do you love about your job?
    A
    That's easy - I get to see and do all of the best things in a city I adore.
  • Q
    And what's not so great?
    A
    Well, all of that seeing and doing never seems to end... so I don't have a lot of quiet nights at home. (Not that I did before, but still.)
  • Q
    Describe your typical day?
    A
    Two coffees to start, a drive to work and then right into a storm of event listings, editing, meetings, brainstorms, social media, more editing, some writing, a never-ending assault of Google Docs and a hastily eaten lunch at my desk. The evening is usually a screening, party, concert, restaurant or bar. If I'm lucky enough to spend it at home, I'm in front of the TV watching rich women drink wine and treat each other horribly.
  • Q
    What is the best experience you've had in your career?
    A
    Tie: Attending the Oscars, and writing and reporting an oral history about 'The Golden Girls' for EW. Bea Arthur yelled at me on the phone, Betty White hugged me and Rue McClanahan chain-smoked on the couch in her Upper East Side apartment while she told me stories. She also made me a gin and tonic.
  • Q
    What do great PR people do?
    A
    Target their pitch accordingly. It's pretty simple.
  • Q
    What do bad PRs do...
    A
    Pitch events/clients that are already featured on our website or have already been covered in a recent issue of the magazine.
  • Q
    How has social media altered your job since the days when you started out?
    A
    There's not a lot of time for reflection anymore, which is a shame. I used to be able to spend days - even weeks - researching a story and really getting my teeth into it. That opportunity is still available, but for a dwindling number of writers. The term 'churnalism' seems pretty apt.
  • Q
    Do you enjoy attending industry events?
    A
    That's a loaded question! It depends on how well-coordinated it is and who else is there, I suppose.
  • Q
    If you weren't a journalist, what would you be?
    A
    Is professional beach bum in Byron Bay a viable career?
  • Q
    Your Instagram/Twitter:
    A
    Instagram: ouizy78
    Twitter: NFonseca78 (I'm pretty spotty with this one, though)