We’re a small team, but hoping to make a big difference! Our staff team is made up a part-time director who oversees the day to day running of Journo Resources, as well as a number of freelance contributors.
As well as always being on the lookout for dedicated people who share our passions to work with, we also love to hear from you. Whether you’re looking for advice, are interested in Journo Resources or just want a chat, we’d love to sit down for a hot chocolate! And, unlike other websites, we really do mean it. Hot chocolate is great.
Jem Collins, Founding Director & Editor-in-Chief
Jem Collins is the founding director and Editor-in-chief of Journo Resources. She launched Journo Resources back in 2016 – after working with young people looking to break into the industry for several years, she found many of the same questions coming up again and again.
Starting from a totally blank sheet of paper she decided to rethink careers education for journalism and started drawing up a range of free to access tools which would help both those trying to break in and those in their first few years. Now Journo Resources is home to dozens of unique resources on things like salary data, freelancing, graduate schemes, and more.
In 2018 Jem won the Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation at the Press Awards for her work on Journo Resources, complete with a £3,000 cash prize to rocket boost the project. She subsequently left her full-time job and now works on Journo Resources for two days a week, as well as freelancing for outlets such as the i Paper, Metro.co.uk, PinkNews, and RightsInfo.
As well as running the business and editorial strategy of Journo Resources, Jem is also a frequent face at events around the country. She’s delivered hands-on and practical workshops, as well as speaking on panels and giving lectures. She pops up universities such as Bristol, Leeds, London Met, Cardiff, and Oxford and has spoken at Byline Festival, Women in Media Conference, the Student Publication Association National Conference, and Women in Journalism amongst others.
She is also a regular commentator on issues surrounding careers and young journalists, and has featured on outlets such as BBC Radio 5 Live, The Independent and LBC, as well as writing her own careers content, both for Journo Resources and other publications.
Outside of Journo Resources, she is a long-standing trustee of the Student Publication Association, where she helps to organise their national conference and create opportunities within the industry. She is also a co-founder of the Second Source, a collective which works to end sexual harassment in the media industry, and her journalism focuses on human rights, rural stories, and young people.
Alex Ekong, Staff Writer
Alex Ekong joined the Journo Resources team in early 2019 to help run editorial on the website and social media channels.
He was previously our editorial assistant, before being promoted to staff writer in August 2019.
Outside of Journo Resources, he is a freelance journalist with bylines from Noisey, Huck, London In Stereo, The Overtake and others, and plays in the band Spring.Fall.Sea.
He is the former Managing Editor of Debut Insight and former Online Music Editor of Birmingham newspaper Redbrick.
Jessica Lord, Editorial Assistant
She has her own blog (you can see her work here) where she has documented her journey after graduating from Durham University in June 2018.
Jack Dearlove, Design Lead
Jack Dearlove joined the Journo Resources team in 2018, and primarily helps with social design work.
He makes the graphics for our Instagram, Twitter and Eventbrite, as well as assisting with updating other parts of the website.
Outside of Journo Resources, he works as a Digital Editor at LEGO, and makes Tubemoji, an app which combines emoji with getting around the London Underground.
He previously worked at The Sun, London Evening Standard, Metro.co.uk and BBC local radio.
We’re a small team, but we’re always open to amazing new people bringing us new ideas. If you’ve got something you think would work, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.