5 minutes with Chris…

We are thrilled to have Chris Thornett join the team as Technology Content Manager and managed to grab 5 minutes with Chris on his first day at onebite.

Looking back at your career, how did you initially get into Journalism?

I’d like to say I had a plan but after various jobs in my twenties – and lots of travelling – I was hospitalised with a blood condition which somewhat forced me to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. After much thought, I decided that I wanted to write and I spent my convalescence (legs in the air) writing CVs.

I took jobs with every local publishing company that would give me work and built up a steady stream of temporary editorial work until I landed an editorial assistant’s role in a small B2B publisher. After that initial opportunity, I’ve not looked back and been fortunate to pursue my fascination with tech working at Future Publishing for many years.

What lead you to join onebite and transition into PR & Comms?

I think you could say that 14 years is a long time to be doing most things and while I’ve enjoyed working with some of the best content makers in the business at Future Publishing, I felt I needed a new challenge. Also, Mark Kember is very persuasive.

What’s been your best editorial highlight to date?

I think my highlight so far has been writing about inspiring ‘Tech for Good’ in the open source software community. It’s been quite humbling and provocative to me on a personal level. It’s the reason why I will be volunteering one day a week to open source projects, non-profits and charities.

These are people such as Tarek Loubani, a doctor who volunteers in the Gaza Strip and is helping to design cheap, life-saving 3D printable medical equipment or Learning Equality, which is developing Kolibri, an open source platform that offers high-quality education to everyone who needs it (including many US prisons as well as low-resource countries).

Which social network is your favourite?

I’m most active on Twitter, but I’d say that Mastodon is my favourite in terms of design which probably exposes my open source roots more than anything. This platform has been designed in response to the privacy concerns with other social networks and uses a decentralised system to create thousands of independent communities. It can be a little chaotic, but it reminds me of the joyous melting pot of the early internet.

Describe yourself in 3 words…
Not easily defined. Sorry, what a cop out.

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