As part of its new business pages, the Lancaster Guardian has launched Seven Questions - an informal question and answer section for business people in the district. If you would like to take part email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lancaster Guardian chief reporter Nick Lakin will be editing the new look business pages, so quite rightly takes the plunge with the first seven questions. The father of two, 33, started working at the Guardian in 2008 as a trainee reporter, gaining his senior ‘NCE’ qualification two years later. He became chief reporter in 2012 and has previously edited the entertainment section.
What was your first job?
Sunday morning paper round in Clitheroe, where I grew up. My wage was £2.50 for a two and a half hour slog around the outskirts of the town. Worked out at £1 per hour. Ironically I’m still working in newspapers now. My CV includes: chip shop fish fryer, meat and fish counter assistant, quality control assistant, 12 hour night shifts in a drainpipe factory, 10 hour dau shifts punching holes in uplifter lightshades, transport coordinator, Crown Court antecedents at Greater Manchester Police, DJ, bar manager, events coordinator, community centre manager, and now journalist.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
My family, friends, garden, wine, cooking, film and music all help me relax.
Proudest moment in business?
Becoming chief reporter of the Lancaster Guardian, of course! But also successfully organising Clitheroe’s first beer festival was a pretty big deal for me.
Most embarrassing moment at work?
Turning up to a police press briefing in scruffy tracksuit bottoms, trainers and a T-Shirt. BBC, ITV and Sky reporters were there in suits, but I got diverted there at short notice from my cycle ride home.
Your biggest vice?
Who is the biggest influence on your life?
My wife Liz. Apart from the obvious things, she often gives me a perspective I had missed, or helps me understand a point of view I’d previously shunned. Rash and unhelpful decision making is thus successfully avoided!
Word of business advice?
Treat people with respect, no matter who they are or what working position they are in. In journalism, like in life, you never know who is going to give you inspiration or provide that much needed break.