Author: Sam Roberts

Importance of Making Contacts

Despite the importance of building a proven track record, the narrative of “it’s who you know and not what you know” has in many cases been an accurate one. One that can really kickstart and elevate a career. I spoke to Daniel Brett – a man who is local to Harlow and is 13-years deep into his career as a freelance journalist. He’s someone who is a strong believer and benefiter of having industry links and getting their work out there. He said “You need to acquire a proven track record, I would never advise anyone to jump out into freelance if they did not have the work to come in straight away”. He previously worked as a managing editor for a publishing company, but he managed to retain clients who knew how valuable his work could be to them and who are still giving him work years later. Nowadays, he specialises in developing countries and emerging markets. His focus is the industries, politics and economies of oil- and gas-producing countries. Something that is often assumed with freelance journalists is that they have a lot of free time on their hands. Daniel stresses that it isn’t the case, especially for himself saying, “I never really find myself to be short of work as I have two main clients to supply me with daily work. I’m particularly busy around this...

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Hatfield Broad Oak Launches Festival of Motorsport

Numerous vintage, classic, sports and custom cars were on display this weekend at Hatfield Broad Oak’s first annual festival of motoring. The event was a brand-new addition to Hatfield Broad Oak’s Village Fair. The car show wasn’t the only thing going on at the medieval 12th century church as there were several stalls and activities in the churchyard to entertain families. Tony Scrivener, the events organiser, said it was a “reasonable turn out” for their 1st ever car show. “I would like to thank everyone who took time out to support us today”, he added. “The standard of cars...

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Major Transformation for Harlow Rugby Club

The construction of Harlow RFC’s new ground is now visibly well underway, with an end-of-May completion currently scheduled. The club will play its last season at its existing facilities at Rams Gorse, before moving to the new facilities at Latton Farm for the beginning of the new season. The club has been at Rams Gorse since 1955 and is now making the two-mile switch that will see them become more central to Harlow and be part of the corridor of sports facilities, which already contains several football pitches and the Harlow Leisurezone. The current ground only houses two pitches, which aren’t floodlit, and have no designated areas for spectators. There are also 50 car parking spaces and there is no segregation between the male and female changing rooms in the single storied clubhouse. The new facilities are set to include four adult pitches, two mini pitches and floodlights for the training and first XV pitches. Whereas pitch-side, there will be an outside bar, a patio area, parking spaces for 140 cars and a terrace to hold standing spectators that will run the full length of the main playing field. The new clubhouse will also now have two floors and meets the RFU and Sport England guidelines. The ground floor will contain two senior and six team changing suites that will allow men and women to be able to get...

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