Tiana Templeman is an award-winning freelance travel journalist, Brisbane author, academic and tutor at Queensland University of Technology. She is an experienced corporate trainer and has developed and delivered ‘Working with the Media’ courses for Tourism & Events Queensland and media writing training for Australia’s leading writers’ centres and corporate organisations. Tiana contributes to a diverse range of publications from The Australian to Cruise Critic, QANTAS Travel Insider and WQ Magazine. She holds a Master of Creative Industries and is currently completing a PhD on ‘The Future of Freelance Journalism in Australia’. Tiana is part of the lineup for our Freelance Focus festival, Brisbane, August 4 – 6.
Before she joins us at Freelance Focus, we caught up with Tiana to find out what makes her tick… and where the travel writer is off to next:
MY FAVOURITE BLOGGER/PODCAST/TWITTER IS:
@NiemanLab for their informed analysis of issues affecting the media industry. I am also a big fan of @TheNTNews for their original take on managing social media for a news organisation. And the fact they can sneak a croc reference into pretty much anything.
I WORK BEST WHEN:
I am juggling multiple projects. I am not good at having nothing to do.
THE WORK I AM MOST PROUD OF IS:
Mentoring emerging writers for Queensland Writers Centre. When a past student gets in touch to let me know they’ve sold their first story or been offered a publishing contract, I get so excited you would think it was me who got the gig.
THE FREELANCE CAREER I MOST ADMIRE IS:
@TraceySpicer for her role in Women in Media and her public stance on the industry’s low pay rates.
I WOULD ADVISE MY 15 YEAR OLD SELF:
Don’t stress about skipping uni at the end of high school to travel the world. It is one of the best decisions you will ever make.
MY NEXT PROJECT IS:
Getting my tax done before I head overseas on assignment for Cruise Critic.
MY NEXT PROJECT IS:
Getting ready to deliver the next Queensland Writers Centre Pitching to Publishers course which commences on 5 October. I always look forward to seeing what everyone on the course has chosen to write about.