A list of some of the professional-type things I’ve been doing instead of updating this blog:
- I got a new job. Last October I started at Inside Housing – a magazine about social housing. I’m deputy features editor there, and also edit the sister magazine Sustainable Housing.
- I’m not going to link up all the stories I’ve written since starting there, but I was particularly pleased to be able to do two features on domestic violence – one about how the government’s changes to the welfare system threaten shelters and make life more difficult for victims, and a second, where I sat in on a one-day training programme by landlord Peabody, meant to raise awareness of staff on domestic violence.
- Meeting Wolfgang Feist, the inventor of the super efficient PassivHaus, was also special. I went to Germany to profile him for the most recent issue of Sustainable Housing. Check out that hat.
- A little bit of freelance work. I did a short piece on smart cities for a Times supplement (not linkable), and some other bits and pieces.
- Public speaking. I used to be terrified of public speaking. No more! Just last week I chaired a conference on the green deal, and recently chaired a panel of MPs on the same subject. Okay, that last one was a bit nerve wracking: debating is a profession for them, after all. Not to generalise overmuch, but for us print journalists, it’s only a sideline.