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I’m Jonathan, a writer, editor, radio presenter, producer, podcaster and all around media fanatic; whether that be in print, online, or broadcast. I have always been dedicated to media and its ability to reach a huge array of people, educate them and surprise them with great storytelling. My biggest passion is music, which, to-date, has driven my varied experience in a range of media roles, including presenting radio shows and podcasts, managing a successful student radio station, writing for a variety of di erent music publications and even starting my very own music, lm and culture site, of which I am the Editor- In-Chief. Outside of the music world I have worked across a variety of di erent subjects ranging from sports and industry journalism to working as a Factual Production Runner for ‘Woman’s Hour’ on BBC Radio 4. I am now looking forward to the next stage of my career as part of an established media group where I can contribute with my already developed skillset along with developing my technical and commercial capabilities in a demanding yet rewarding environment. Me in brief: • Over four years of freelance experience writing content for a consumer audience; • Written over 100 articles for a range of publications; • Award-winning radio producer and presenter with over two years of experience developing and delivering live radio broadcasts • Excellent professional relationships with over 50 PR contacts Thank you very much for taking the time to read my profile. I would be more than happy to provide references and an assortment of my work on request.
During the summer of 2015 I took a part-time role as a sales associate in a leading fashion and homeware store. This was to fund travel and expenses for a BBC internship and a number of existing self-initiated projects. My responsibilities included: • Customer assistance; • Loss prevention; • Store organisation.
Seeking new professional challenges, I undertook the role of deputy editor at Pro Global Media where I was responsible for writing, sub-editing, editing, and laying out large portions of the company’s two commercial magazines: Global Cement, and Global Gypsum. In addition my role was responsible for producing digital editions of the magazine and writing news stories for Pro Global Media’s various websites including Global Cement, Global Insulation and Global Slag. • Laying out magazines using inDesign; • Proo ng, editing and sub-editing copy; • Producing digital editions of Pro Global Media’s publications; • Attending and assisting in the co-ordination of conferences hosted by Pro Global Media.
Following my experiences as writer in the world of music press, I founded Speed of Sound, a site dedicated to music, cinema and culture articles. I have developed the site myself, which launched on April 15th, 2016. As Editor-In-Chief, I am currently responsible for: • Managing all site content and developing editorial schedules; • Managing a team of 30+ contributors; • Gaining access to new releases in advance and securing press tickets for exclusive events; •Managing requests for interviews from PR contacts.
Following my passion for broadcasting, I launched a self-initiated series of music podcasts. As the sole creator, I was responsible for: • Presenting a weekly series of 30 podcasts showcasing new music; • Creating a unique, quirky brand to appeal to a millennial target audience; • Using social media to promote artists and reach listeners.
Woman’s Hour is one of BBC Radio 4’s most successful radio shows with over 4m listeners. I was invited to take part in a month-long internship as a Production Runner on the show, during which time my achievements included: • Producing an item for the show entitled ‘The Changing Face of Gender’ for Woman’s Hour; • Liaising with high-pro le guests, including Ezra Furman, Joley Richardson, Dianne Abbott, Zanny Minton Beddoes, Jeremy Corbyn & Iris Apfel; • Contributing towards the production of other BBC Radio 4 shows including The Media Show, and Outlook (BBC World Service).
Middle Boop Mag was an online music site that ran from 2008-2015 and was developed by established Epsom- and London-based illustrator Gordon Reid (also known as Middle Boop). As Live Music Editor, my achievements included: • Overseeing the growth of the Middle Boop Mag’s live music content production from two articles per month to over 20 per month; • Managing over 50 contributors and ensuring content adhered to editorial style of the site; • Securing press tickets for over 50 exclusive shows via close network of PR contacts; • Interviewing high pro le musicians in the indie-rock scene.
Following my degree, I helped the University of the Creative Arts in Epsom rejuvenate their Student Union. My achievements included: • Successfully creating and presented a proposal to reform the ways that Clubs & Societies were run; • Overseeing the creation of over 10 clubs & societies; • Increased student engagement with the the Students’ Union.
CSRfm is a radio station jointly managed by University of Kent and University of Canterbury students. As Station Manager while completing my studies, my achievements included: • Being elected to the position unanimously by the student membership; • Sitting on the Canterbury Youth and Student Media (CYSM) board of executives; • Leading and managing 280+ members, including students from two universities, as well as community members; • Leading the station to the opening of a state-of-the-art media centre; • Leading a team of 30 volunteers at the Lounge on The Farm Festival 2013 for a weekend-long outside broadcast.
Prior to, during and following my time as Station Manager at CSRfm, I was a hands- on presenter and producer. My achievements included: • Award-winning coverage of Kent Union Elections 2013 • Award-nominated writer, presenter and producer for documentary ‘The Smiths : I’ll Meet You At The Cemetery Gates’ • Interviewing acclaimed comedian Mark Watson, reaching over 15,000 listens on audioboom.com
Upper Second Class Honours
A Levels: History: A, English Literature: B, Music Tech: B, Philosophy: C.; 11 GCSEs: Including A*, History, A, Maths; ranging from A*-C.
Award-nominated writer, presenter and producer for documentary
KiC Award-winning coverage of Kent Union Elections 2013