Gayle Ritchie, Features Writer, The Courier

When did you join DC Thomson?

Initially working with the Evening Telegraph, I started October 2011

What’s your role in DC Thomson?

I joined the company as a reporter with the Evening Telegraph having been travelling the world for a year. Prior to this, I worked as a features writer at the Sunday Mail and Daily Record. Features had always been my forte, so having spent 18 months doing news and court reporting at the Evening Telegraph when a position in a Features department became available I jumped at it! I was over the moon when I was offered a position in the features department at The Courier in May 2013 (covering a colleague’s maternity leave initially) and I took up my new role in July that year. It was an exciting time – the Weekend magazine was launching in August and I was tasked with writing the first cover story.

What makes your working day enjoyable?

So many things! I look after the Great Outdoors section of the Weekend magazine and that can be very exciting. I’ve done everything from snowboarding to white water rafting, with a bit of croquet and cricket thrown in. I also get the chance to chat to some really fascinating people in the outdoors world. Each week, one of the team has to write the magazine cover story, and that can be a lot of fun…and quite a bit of work. Interviewees over the past year have included Marti Pellow, Tom Conti, Ranulph Fiennes, Hayley Scanlan and Midge Ure, but that’s not to say the non-celebrity stories aren’t just as fascinating! It’s great that I have such a supportive team here in the features department. We’re quite a small team but we’re always willing to help each other out.

Tell us a little about the part you play in making DC Thomson a success?

I’d like to think that people enjoying reading the features I write, whether the outdoors-themed ones or the ‘big interviews’ in the Weekend magazine. Since its launch in July 2013, the magazine has been a massive success, and it feels good to be a part of that.

What is your highlight of being part of DC Thomson?

Being in the features department is a fantastic place to work within the company. Every day is different. One day might involve a trip out into the wilderness to go dog sledding, another might involve a face-to-face or over-the-phone celebrity interview, and then there are a good few spent in the office slaving away in front of the computer. The variety of the job is what makes it and the getting out and about aspect energises and stimulates the creative mind!