ADAM BAIDAWI

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

WRITER

Baidawi has been a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor for some time, and en­joyed get­ting into the nitty gritty of Aus­tralia’s bud­ding gam­ing in­dus­try (p100).

HOW DO YOU TACKLE A FEA­TURE LIKE THIS?

I in­hale ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing that’s been writ­ten on the sub­ject. From there, you can see the gaps, the op­por­tu­ni­ties and the best story you can tell. I’m also a big be­liever in the kicker – the last sen­tence should hit the reader right in the gut.

WHAT’S THE CRA­ZI­EST THING THAT’S HAP­PENED TO YOU AS A JOUR­NAL­IST?

I have two. One was be­ing asked to direct and star in a high-end porno in Ibiza. The other was re­port­ing from Bagh­dad the day the jus­tice min­istry was bombed by an al-qa’ida af­fil­i­ated group that’s since mu­tated into ISIS.

WOW. ANY ODD WRIT­ING TRAITS YOU’RE HAPPY TO SHARE?

I have a run­ning doc­u­ment of my all-time favourite sen­tences. From mag­a­zine fea­tures, books, news­pa­pers, prod­uct pack­ag­ing, wher­ever. It’s 30 pages long now. I really geek out over it.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FEA­TURE WRIT­ERS?

Tom Chiarella and Chris Jones – for their earnest­ness. And Alex Pap­pade­mas for his punchy take on pop cul­ture.

IS TWIT­TER USE­FUL?

It’s still the best way to keep up with the news. It’s also still the most dan­ger­ous place to ‘source’ in­for­ma­tion.

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