Eleanor Halls
A monthly dispatch on the highs and lows of a woman music journalist
Created 15 Nov 2020
  • Is there an 'art' to the celebrity interview?
    28 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 3 0
    The first time I was ejected from an interview was after I asked a director about a claim that his climate change documentary had received funding from a company involved in deforestation. (It sounds ...
  • PassTheAux with Suzanne Moore: interview regrets, pay rises and libel threats
    07 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 2 1
    Suzanne Moore has had an unusual career trajectory as a comment writer. After graduating with a degree in Cultural Studies, she earned her first bylines in Marxism Today and The New Statesman before s...
  • PassTheAux with Amelia Tait: where to find ideas and how to up your word rate
    10 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 4 0
    Some days, journalism can feel like one of the best jobs in the world. Others, it can feel thankless. You might be the most interesting person at a dinner party, but you’ll probably be the first to le...
  • How to craft the perfect pitch
    06 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 7 0
    First of all, there is no such thing as the perfect pitch. I can’t tell you how many times somebody sends me an amazing idea, pitched exquisitely, tailored perfectly to the Telegraph, and I still have...
  • Stop giving soft journalism such a hard time
    28 May 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    On Twitter the other week, writer Almara Abgarian posted despairingly about the condescension “personal writers” so often experience in journalism. “What’s all this crap about journalism about dating ...
  • Emma Madden on the viral fallout from their St. Vincent interview
    29 Apr 2021 • 9 min read • 3 1
    On Monday night, journalist Emma Madden self-published an interview that musician St. Vincent (real name Annie Clark) had asked them to kill. Emma’s interview was about the indie artist’s new album Da...
  • The day I stopped putting other women down
    15 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 7 0
    Last week, I was so struck by a quote in the Telegraph’s interview with London Grammar frontwoman Hannah Reid that I immediately wrote it down. Reid, who was discussing her experiences of sexism withi...
  • The secret to repeat commissions
    27 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    When I started actively freelancing mid-2020, two years after coming to London on a fellowship with Thomson Reuters Foundation, I knew nothing about filing clean copy. Hell, I didn’t even know what th...
  • A day in the life of a female crime reporter
    18 Mar 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    Women’s safety has become a national talking point following the murder of Sarah Everard, so this week I wanted to PassTheAux to Leda, a journalist covering crime and global affairs who must navigate ...
  • Why should we care about celebrity interviews anyway?
    11 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 6 0
    After I’d written my last newsletter about the frustrating state of celebrity journalism – and with so many of you getting in touch to share your similar experiences – I felt I had finally scratched a...
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