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.