We’re a small team, but hoping to make a big difference! Our staff team is made up of three directors who oversee the day to day running of Journo Resources, and we also work with 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 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, rurual stories, and young people.
Abbie Cheeseman, Director (Editorial & Events)
Abbie Cheeseman joined the Journo Resources team in 2017 as a director focusing on editorial and events.
She is currently responsible for our events strategy and organising a full programme of practical, hands-on events which are accessible to people all over the country.
Abbie is also working on expanding our editorial offering and is working with key partners to introduce a set of toolkits as comprehensive guides to specific journalistic skill sets.
Outside of Journo Resources, Abbie is completing her MA in Interactive Journalism at City, University of London, is the Opportunities Officer of the Student Publication Association and is a volunteer on the military advocacy team at Airwars.
With a keen interest in foreign affairs, Abbie hopes to move into Middle East reporting once she has finished her MA. She has previously worked with The Sunday Times, ITV Wales and the Press Association.
If you’re looking for some advice, want to work with us on an event or partner your business with us in any way, just drop her a message.
Matt Moody, Director (Design & Branding)
Matt Moody joined the Journo Resources team in 2017 and is responsible for the visual design and branding of the website.
In 2018 he was awarded a Print Future Scholarship for his work with Journo Resources, which enabled him to expand his skillset in design.
He is also currently a reporter at The Planner Magazine and was previously the editor of Redbrick newspaper in Birmingham.
Our Freelance Network
Ollie Cole, Photographer
Ollie works with the Journo Resources team on their photography, providing event and byline photography since 2018. He is also a freelance journalist, broadcaster, producer and photographer based in London. His work credits include The Stage, KM Media Group, Nation Broadcasting, Newsquest and others.
You can follow him @ProducerOllie
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.