We’re a small team, but hoping to make a big difference! Our staff team is made up of one full-time member of staff, who oversees the day-to-day running of Journo Resources, as well as a number of part-time and 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 (Full-Time)
Jem Collins is the founding director and Editor-in-chief of Journo Resources. She launched Journo Resources back in 2016 from her bedroom, after struggling to find the answers to her own questions about working in the industry.
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. This allowed her to work on the project for two days a week. In August 2021, she finally moved to working on the project full-time.
Alongside Journo Resources, Jem continues to freelance for outlets such as the i Paper, Metro.co.uk and EachOther, and has also given workshops and participated in panels across the country. She also appears on broadcast outlets such as as BBC Radio 5 Live, The Independent and LBC. She is a long-standing trustee of the Student Publication Association and a co-founder of The Second Source. She is also trying to swim in all the UK’s outdoor pools.
Karen Edwards, Senior Journalist (Part-Time)
Karen is a freelance editor and writer, specialising in responsible travel, lifestyle and entertainment. She has been freelancing for national publications for over ten years and joined the Journo Resources team in mid-2021 as Senior Journalist.
As our senior writer, Karen focuses on practical, advice-led pieces on various sectors across the industry – feel free to get in touch with her if you have suggestions on what we should cover!
Outside of Journo Resources, Karen writes for print titles such as High Life by British Airways, Grazia and Metro, alongside digital platforms, including IndyVoices and Telegraph Travel.
She is the author of The Planet-Friendly Kitchen and The Little Book of Activism by Summersdale.
Fern McErlane, Trainee Journalist (Part-Time)
Fern joined the Journo Resources team in mid-2021 as a trainee, and will focus on writing original features and content during her time at Journo Resources. Fern also takes the lead on our Instagram account, as well as keeping our resources and jobs board up to date.
Based in Leeds, where she completed her degree and was part of the editing team for her student paper The Gryphon, Fern is also a freelance journalist and is available for commissions on a range of lifestyle subjects.
Tom Taylor, Trainee Journalist (Part-Time)
Tom joined the Journo Resources team in mid-2021 as a trainee, and will focus on writing original features and content during his time at Journo Resources. Tom also takes the lead on our Twitter account, as well as keeping our resources and jobs board up to date.
Based in Manchester, Tom is also the editor of Salt Magazine, and independent magazine sharing arts, music, and culture across Greater Manchester.
Sian Bradley, Staff Writer
Sian Bradley joined the Journo Resources team in early 2020 and looks after our list resources, as well as writing features for the website and assisting with social our social media and outreach.
A journalism graduate from West Bromwich (where Albion football club play) and she currently lives in London. She has a background in tech journalism, with bylines in WIRED UK, Tech Talks and UK Tech News.
Outside of Journo Resources Sian is a freelance writer and you can find her shouting about mental health, the woes of capitalism and the joy of plants on Twitter.
Get in touch with her about journalism opportunities or stories on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Editorial Lead 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 email@example.com.