About

About Me?

Hmmm… I’m a North London boy through and through, growing up in Highbury and then Tufnell Park, but not one to hang around. Any opportunity to see another part of the world, live a different experience, and gain another culture, is duly taken. I’ve always loved languages as they gave me the ability to whitter on wherever I found myself rather than retreating into silence. Never been my thing. Although I have to admit the urge to travel has been replaced by the urge to succeed.

I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007 after receiving a first class BA hons  in International History and Politics (International) – the second ‘international’ bit is for completing a year in Santiago, Chile – and am now, after a year in the Balkans, Barcelona, Val d’Isere, and a bit of Paris, ready to take life a little more seriously…

There are a few avenues to be pursued, as well as taking whatever/whoever wants to pay me money for my entirely legitimate and innocent services.

I’m pushing to become a journalist; it’s in the blood, as well as a great way to express opinions, hold people accountable, and – obviously – save the world (everyone’s allowed their own little bit of fantastic idealism!)

The Balkans were plain leisure, but whilst in Barcelona I worked – unpaid – for Barcelona Connect, an English-language monthly magazine (have a little peek); Val d’Isere perhaps wasn’t the hub of journalistic creativity, but I still found the odd interesting story – they’re on the blog under Pascoe’s Posts, and another about my experiences may follow.

Re-immersing myself into the real world i.e. returning to London, was a bit of a kick up the arse, opening my eyes to how well everyone else was doing at getting on with real life. shit. so what other option than get involved? Inertia would have swallowed me whole and shat me out. serious time.

Serious it is, especially when one becomes aware of what the world of journalism is around us; Not quite as bad as Nick Davies portrays it in his book, Flat Earth News (sensationalism takes away from much of the truth), but not the most accessible to say the least. I’m far from a one man crusade, and especially not at this point in my career, but journalism is changing drastically, moving medium and shifting in emphasis. However, the change does NOT have to be detrimental, and as long as people change with it, then there is hope. The other fact that has slightly depressed is how difficult getting to the top jobs are, and how much they’re down to money. The top MAs are more than 10 times the cost of a standard NCTJ course (the basic journalistic qualification), and the opportunities afforded match the chasm in price. Those that can pay do pay because the advantage is so glaringly obvious. However, this does not spell mediocrity, and I hope to find ways around it. So far I’ve worked hard but also been lucky. I don’t claim to be starting a revolution of ‘grass-roots journalism’ – in fairness, it has already begun without me – but do want to reflect the fact that opportunity can be found everywhere, from friends and acquaintances to simply people helping others in a similar situation. This is therefore an offer of help as much as a call of assistance; I will help anyone I can, as many have helped and will help me.

Since being back I’ve become involved with Volume magazine, a great new publication aimed at showcasing emerging talent. I’ve been interviewing musicians and writing feature-length pieces, some published and others about to be. It’s a quarterly issue, with the autumn edition – featuring one of my pieces – out in early October, but the Summer edition was put on hold for a specially-commissioned Birmingham edition, financed by Aston Villa FC. Once we get back into the London flow, I hope to not only keep writing but also play a more hands-on role on the editing side.

Keeping with the music theme (I’m a bit of a musical snob), I’ve also been writing reviews for Data Transmission, penning my late night experiences among some of London’s finest venues – and some even further afield.

I’ve recently been doing work experience at local newspapers the Camden New Journal and the Ham & High, roving North London as a compassionate reporter. Most of my pieces will not be up here as they don’t make it onto the Internet – and also because the CNJ didn’t give me a byline on any of the pieces I wrote! I’m appalled. However, I’m intending to go back there, and the newsroom is a great place to learn. But in the long run I’m looking for something more involved, to find a job that really challenges me, forcing me to think in ways I had not yet imagined (as long as they’re good ways). I’m continuing with freelance journalism, but am desperate to get my teeth into something juicy.

As of September, I’ve taken charge of the press campaign for the Camden Green Fair (an annual event in Regents Park), and am also involved in the media strategy for the Political Studies Association awards ceremony, something that is proving very interesting.

Outside of the world of semi-professionalism, there’s no end of diversions. I love the cinema and theatre, as well as attending exhibitions of any kind; music – quite clearly – is a passion, and something I love listening to and participating in through DJing (perhaps not all too well). Any sign of snow and the skis are out, as having done two ski seasons my love of powder is dangerous, quite literally – although I’ve now accepted that a week or two a year is all I can manage after a knee injury in Val d’Isere.

Please get in contact with me for any job offers, queries, comments, or god knows what else,

Yours,

Pascoe Sabido

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Responses

  1. I love this comment:

    “while the constraints of genre are shrugged off by Bobby Peru’s Erotic Discourse – or as one bemused onlooker describes it, “C3P0 on crack”.”

    I’ll never be able to hear that song the same way now!!

    Good tunes I’ve recently discovered

    SIS – Nesrib even better then trompeta!!

    Radio Slave – bell clap dance (Slam Remix) tis a monster!!

  2. Hi Pascoe

    Just wanted to say hi, great to meet you last night at the RA, enjoyed our conversation. Really like you enthusiasm and approach, look forward to checking out your next projects.

    cheers
    Harold

  3. Hey Harold, cheers for the positive feedback. Gutted i couldn’t come to GSK for the 8th and see you guys in full flow – although i really enjoyed feeling momentarily included in something so organic and alive, really like what you guys are doing.

    Would love to know of any more soup meetings or other events you guys are doing,

    Hope they all keep going well – and sorry for such a late reply!

    Pascoe

  4. Hi Pascoe

    I really like your writing style… and I know how you feel about Fabric. I’m afraid the glory days of old school style clubbing are well and truly over. It was just a few middle class kids up from the suburbs when I was there a few months back!

    Anyhow, you’re obviously involved with lots of projects right now but I’m looking for some like-minded people with a strong writing style to help me kickstart a couple of websites, both of which might be of some interest to you. Please have a quick browse of:

    http://www.urbantravelblog.com

    and

    http://comeonthearsenal.wordpress.com/

    If either seem like the kind of medium you’d like to contribute to, either now or later down the line, then please get in touch and we’ll have a chat. You can find out a bit more about me here:

    http://drtravelwriter.wordpress.com/about/

    Cheers for now,

    Duncan


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