So you want my arts job: Freelance arts writer and editor

Doug Wallen's ability to write across multiple forms allows him the freedom to be published in many outlets.

Doug Wallen is a freelance writer and editor based in Beechworth, Victoria. He writes regularly for The Big Issue, The Australian, Broadsheet, The Guardian and beyond. He served as Music Editor of The Big Issue for five years and has hosted the weekly radio show Waste the Alphabet since 2017, in addition to booking live music in Beechworth. Before moving to Australia, Doug worked as an editor at several community newspapers in Philadelphia and freelanced for major publications around the USA.

I’m lucky enough to write about things I enjoy: music, books, cocktails and food. That might mean reviewing an album or interviewing a chef, depending on the day. My outlets range from magazines and newspapers to websites and streaming platforms, and I moonlight as an editor, subeditor and copywriter. I also write band bios, do some freelance PR, book a lot of gigs, and host a weekly radio show. Again, pretty lucky.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and a freelance arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Twitter: @thuy_on

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