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Andy Jones

Journalist and Broadcaster

Andy Jones is a journalist and broadcaster who has a knack for selling stories to big audiences - whether it's a serious investigation exposing injustice or a crazy, hair-brained first person piece. In an ever changing media world, Andy has made himself truly cross platform, switching across to TV and radio whenever possible.

In print he has written for The Times, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Vice, Sunday Mirror, The Sun, Evening Standard, Telegraph, GQ, Shortlist, Metro, Grazia, Fabulous, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Glamour, Men's Health and Womens' Health among other titles, having started his career at thelondonpaper where he was features writer and weekly 'Man About Town' dating columnist.

In broadcast, Andy has made and fronted packages for BBC1's Inside Out, BBC 2's Victoria Derbyshire programme and London Live News as well as being lead investigator on his own C4 Dispatches story, "Who Is Getting Rich From The Housing Crisis?" which aired in July 2018, a show which broke several national exclusives. He has also featured on ITV1's Lorraine on over a dozen occasions and has been a pundit on Sky News, C5's The Vanessa Show, BBC1's Sunday Morning Live, C5's Hotel Inspector, GMTV, the Stephen Nolan Show and two series of C5's Generation Sex. In other work, Andy has also appeared in a one-off C4 show called 'Seven Ages of Love' where he delivered a first person verse about his adventures dating in the city and C5's Essex Jungle where he interviewed a man who shares his bungalow with a crocodile.

On radio, Andy regularly makes his own packages for BBC World Service (Business Daily & Sportshour) and Radio 4 (You And Yours and From Our Own Correspondent) on subjects as varied as saving endangered elephants in the Gabon jungle to travelogues from China's "Kingdom of the Little People." He also contributes to BBC5Live shows like Nicky Campbell, Stephen Nolan, Richard Bacon and Tony Livesey, as well as being a frequent guest on Gaby Roslin's BBC London 94.9 Saturday show. This can be anything from on air dating advice to soapboxing about the day's celebrity/political events.

He has written over 400 articles on sex, dating and relationships for big print titles, though also writes lifestyle, celebrity, first person and travel pieces. He has interviewed celebrities like Elle Macpherson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bette Midler, David Beckham and Cheryl Cole; built and lived in an igloo in the Arctic Circle and produced Grazia Australia's 'Guy Next Door' column for one year. He also has had a sports betting column, 'Overdrawn' which ran monthly in Sport Magazine before it bankrupted him (and possibly the magazine.)

He is also an in-demand media trainer offering a range of training schemes (through Zamala International) to private clients - Royal College of Midwives, Prostate Cancer, GB Swim Team - as well as his own bespoke PR services to firms like Clarion, Instinct, Hope & Glory, Hotwire, Unity and FeverPR.

He is particularly proud of his guest lecture work for future journalists (Westminster, Kingston, Bournemouth and Edinburgh Napier universities, plus Bauer Academy and Go Think Big) as well as his work highlighting social housing injustices for Dispatches, Vice and The Sunday Times.



This is what I can offer

I have delivered guest lectures across a whole range of journalism courses for universities like Westminster, Kingston, Edinburgh Napier and Bournemouth (where I graduated from BAMMJ in 2006).

I offer unique first-hand experience of how to break into both print and broadcast - delivering seminars on interview technique, column and feature writing, how to freelance and how to pitch ideas.

I am really proud to have been invited back to each institute that I have lectured, demonstrating personal understanding and a keen interest in helping young journalists up the ladder - remembering exactly what it was like to be sat in a lecture hall and having huge doubts about the future.

Rachel Dungar, Edinburgh Napier's course leader.
"Andy Jones' recent guest lecture was exceptional. His tips on building a career in journalism, freelancing and specialist reporting skills were presented with so much flair that the audience of 80 journalism students were still talking about him weeks later.
 Andy is a natural guest speaker - he hosted the room for 3 hours - and an inspiring role model for their age group. They felt it particularly useful that Andy is still close to their age as they could relate to his experiences in the industry. In summary: "Refreshing, inspiring, relevant."

Media Training

This is what I can offer

As a prolific freelancer myself for over four years I am confident pitching in to busy and demanding editors across tabloids, broadsheets, glossies and broadcast media - I know what works, who to contact and how to deliver a pitch successfully. I have experience of both sides of the fence - being a busy commissioning editor and someone from outside pitching in an idea - and can ensure your product gets the best possible chance of hitting the mark.
How To Pitch To Journalists (for PRs):
The seminar takes places in two halves. First, I present a seminar demonstrating - in fuss-free, punchy guidelines how to deliver a strong, incisive pitch (both by email and phone), detailing what works, what times of day to ring, which titles to target and making sure you reach the editors who commission which stories. Second, all attendees get the opportunity to perform a dummy pitch to me in private - I listen to their pitch on a landline in another room (looking at it from the point of view of an editor - be that newspapers, magazines, etc). I then provide one-to-one, confidential feedback to them by email so they can see exactly how they can tighten and streamline their pitches.
I have delivered talks to Great Britain Olympics Swimming team, Royal College of Midwives, Ancestry, Prostate Cancer and Virgin Holidays among other big companies - working alongside Suzy Bookbinder's reputed Zamala International team (www.zamala.co.uk.) I have also provided one-to-one training for leading PR companies Ketchum Pleon and 3 Monkeys.
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