Howorth sat down with Mel Evans, Deputy Features Editor, Cosmopolitan Magazine.
1. How did you get into journalism?
When I was 11 I attended a workshop held by a children’s author and I wrote a short story about falling from a plane (it was a funny story, a comedy, I promise) and from then on I’ve always wanted to write. I spent high school contributing to a local news outlet and at 15 I did work experience at Dolly. During uni I interned there for 2.5 years (every Monday I would catch the Murray’s bus from Canberra Uni to Sydney for the day…I hate that bus) and wrote for street press in Canberra, reviewing gigs. Four weeks before I graduated, I landed a job at Sunday Magazine (now Sunday Style) as features assistant. I was there for four years and made my way through the ranks before moving to Cosmo 6 months ago.
2. What’s the best thing about working in journalism?
I like being able to explore issues and tell stories and indulge in my own curiosities. Interviewing celebrities is also good perk.
3. What’s been your best story?
I have a story coming out on Monday about the dark web which I’m really proud of. I felt like a proper investigative journalist. I loved diving into it and seeing crazy things you don’t normally see. Another favourite story of mine would have to be an interview I did with Ruby Rose. We had such an amazing, open conversation and when it published she messaged me thanking me for the story. After that she totally blew up and I’ll probably never be able to interview her again!
4. What does the future look like for journalists given all the changes?
It’s exciting. Everything will change and obviously there will be a push into digital but that’s not something to be scared of, it’s something to embrace. Magazines will become more of a hybrid brand platform which will encompass print, digital, social media, apps and collaborations like sponsorships and events.
5. Have you ever made a stuff-up on the job and what was it? Any other funny stories?
I lined up a cover interview with Melissa George, right after she was on Sunrise and basically brushed off her time on Home and Away for which she was slammed by the public. This was her first interview since and her chance to give her side of the story. We had spoken for a good half hour, getting some really great stuff and I looked down at my dictaphone and it had run out of battery. I had no idea when it stopped recording, so we had to start again and she then self-edited as she knew what to expect. It just wasn’t the same interview and now I check several times during my interviews to make sure that little red light is still on and even put my phone on record too.
6. Name three people you would like to have round for drinks
Amy Schumer, Russell Brand and Bill Murray. It would be a riot. I wouldn’t be able to get a word in I would just sit and listen to them all.
7. Where would we find you in your spare time?
At the pub with my friends or if it is a sunny day I’m at Camperdown Memorial Park playing with other people’s dogs. I’m not a psycho, I swear.
8. If you weren’t a journalist you’d be a….
This is a hard one as I feel as though I’ve always wanted to do journalism. I did go through a stage where I had a weird fascination to be a neurosurgeon, but there was no way that was ever going to happen. It was probably a more stable career choice!