Scott Nunn founded Gay Star News Ltd with Tris Reid-Smith in 2011 after working in gay media for over a decade as a photographer and journalist.
His love of working in a newsroom began when he managed to get a placement on the art desk in The Sun newspaper. At the age of 16 the highlights were trawling through the photo archives of Elton John (they had a whole category of Elton wearing different glasses) and choosing the page three girl for an edition (a British institution that was rather lost on Scott).
A foundation course at Central St Martin’s taught him how to drink. Then half way through his graphics / illustration degree at the London College of Printing, Scott was bored and had a burning desire to get back into photography. He met Tris on a night out in London in 2000 when he was going for an interview at Pink Paper. Six months later Scott had a portfolio showing with Pink Paper’s editor Justin Web and was given his first commission and front cover on teenage drinking in the gay community.
Finishing art school he decided to quit his part time china shop job and become a freelance photographer full-time – a job role universities never prepare students for, ie how to invoice and complete a tax return (yes he is still bitter). News photography gave him skills every wannabe photographer should learn.
Building up his portfolio at Pink Paper and charming over 1,500 people to be vox popped, Scott was published in leading newspapers The Sun, The Times alongside the titles such as Attitude, Heat, the BBC News website to name but a few. He also had photographs of his work exhibited in the London’s City Hall and the Museum of London.
Two different companies and over eight years later Scott was moved onto Gay Times where portraiture and front covers became his main job. His highlight was working solely on GT’s first naked issue in conjunction with Macmillian Cancer Support charity, giving GT its best selling cover in over three years and conducting 17 different shoots alongside his other duties for the magazine.
During his celebrity photoshoots he is proud of striking up the courage to ask Prime Minister Gordon Brown not to smile, making Dannii Minogue burst out laughing whilst sitting in Sharon Osbourne’s seat in the X Factor studio and photographing Joan Rivers on the toilet. He also had one-to-one shoots with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy PM, Nick Clegg.
But Scott felt there was a gap in the market for quality international LGBT journalism and together with his partner Tris Reid-Smith developed the idea for a 24-7 site to fill that gap. They worked for over seven months without a wage to plan and raise investment for Gay Star News. As well as putting all their savings in the business, they also raised money from investors in the UK and Hong Kong to finance GSN’s ongoing content and site development.
After over a decade in the business Scott is proud to be delivering quality news and information, written and edited by professional journalists to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender world. He hopes Gay Star News will inform, empower and entertain people all around the world – gay and straight.
Scott is a director of Gay Star News Ltd and is manages sales and marketing for the company. You can email Scott or find contact details here for the whole Gay Star News team.