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Andy Jones

Journalist and Broadcaster

Andy is an accomplished journalist and broadcaster with credits across a huge range of national media. In print, Andy has written for the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sun, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Daily Star, Metro, Grazia, Fabulous, Cosmopolitan, GQ, FHM, Glamour, Men's Health and Vice among other titles, having started his career at thelondonpaper where he was features writer and weekly 'Man About Town' dating columnist.

He has written over 400 articles on sex, dating and relationships for print media, though also writes lifestyle, celebrity, first person and travel pieces. He has interviewed celebrities like David Beckham, Elle Macpherson and Richard Branson; built and lived in an igloo in the Arctic Circle and wrote Grazia Australia's 'Guy Next Door' column for one year.

He also has a sports betting column, 'Overdrawn' which runs in Sport Magazine each month.

In broadcast, Andy has made and fronted packages for BBC1's Inside Out programme and has featured on ITV1's Lorraine on over a dozen occasions as a newspaper reviewer as well as numerous appearances on 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 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. Andy also produces his own radio packages for Radio 4 and BBC World Service tackling subjects like former Premier League footballer turned boxer Leon McKenzie's battle with depression, Tony McCoy reaching 4,000 winners and the rehab of professional jockeys at Oaksey House.

He is also an in-demand media trainer offering a range of bespoke services to private clients - Royal College of Midwives, Prostate Cancer, GB Swim Team - as well as bespoke PR services - namely Hotwire and FeverPR. He also guest lectures regularly at Westminster, Kingston, Bournemouth and Edinburgh Napier journalism courses.



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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