For our first WitzEnd podcast of 2019, we reached across the pond to speak with James Pearce, deputy editor of Capacity Media. Based in London, James has been covering telecom for the past five years and regularly travels around the globe for his publication’s events. James joins us to talk about his career, a recent trip to Hollywood, how his first job at a call center that gave him the experience to get his first reporting job and share some interesting insights from the life a global telecom’s reporter.
Here are the biggest takeaways from our conversation. If you like what you’re reading be sure to listen to the whole episode at the bottom of the page.
The Start Of It All
What was the first tech story you wrote?
"The first memorable one was for a publication called Mobile News. It was my first ever front-page scoop. I remember getting the scoop about how a mobile retailer went bust and a there was a bit of a dispute on who was at fault. I got the scoop in terms of how the negotiations had gone with the mobile operators pulling out of the stores. I remember being deadline and being on edge about getting the quotes I needed in time."
As Time Goes On
How have things changed since you started covering telecom?
"If you strip it all back and look at the end user you look at how it’s affecting people’s day-to-day
lives. You can then see the impact and follow it down the chain a bit. You learn how a network is all connected and the role that each bit plays. You look back ten to twenty years, you didn’t have Google, Facebook or Twitter. The telecom systems I write about that underpin them, the reason those things are so ubiquities is because what the guys in the telecom space are doing."
That Certain Something
What is your favorite thing about working in the telecom industry?
"I like seeing the effect that technology has on people. One of the coolest demonstrations I’ve ever had was when I was writing how the Internet of Things was going to change things for people and specifically industries. I was talking to someone that was working on a pacemaker that could send information for people to track that person’s heartbeat and make sure the pacemaker was working and the heat was fine. If there was a problem, the could send an ambulance to take that person to hospital."
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