22 March 2011
Jennifer Sutcliffe - Editor
Jennifer Sutcliffe is Editor of Your Town Your Choice magazine which is distributed across the UK with 200 regional newspapers. She has just completed a degree in Journalism at London Metropolitan University and is awaiting her results. Jennifer attended Packwood Haugh School and got a 13+ scholarship to Oakham. She competed in practically every sports team and gained full school colours. Jennifer played County Hockey for Leicestershire and completed Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze and Silver. She enjoys swimming and is competing in her first triathlon this year at Blenheim Palace.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child I wasn't really sure what I wanted to be. I am sure I went through the stages of wanting be a vet and an actress. I discovered journalism by chance as I was approached by a journalist for the Mail on Sunday who wanted to work with me because of my contacts and the rest they say is history!
How did you get involved in the media?
I also met Duncan Williams of Independent News Ltd in a Starbucks cafe and we got talking. I said I was interested in working in the media and he offered me an internship within his magazine group. I have been working at the magazine for five years, starting as an intern, then as a researcher, then senior features writer before taking on the editorial role of Your Town Your Choice magazine.
How has your media work shaped your discipleship?
I ensure that my work has a positive message and write articles that I think will bring something to a person's life. I wouldn't say that I am governed by Christianity as I like to keep my mind open to all faiths and religions and I like to include some wisdom from each.
What would you say to a young person starting out in media?
Contacts. This is the single most important thing that you need as a journalist. Start building them as soon as possible, from family events, parties, school etc. Network as much as possible and start doing work experience every school holiday.
Can publishing be a healing tool for both communities and writers?
I think that writing has the possibility to reach out to communities and it is a useful tool. As far as being able to heal I think it depends on the problems that are there. Sometimes direct action is a better approach.
What living person do you most admire, and why?
Rachel Johnson, for taking on the mammoth task of having to turn round the ailing publication that is "The Lady" and bring it up to date, and also having to have Boris as a brother must be hard work!
When are you the happiest?
Sipping a cold beer after a hard day skiing on the slopes.
What is your dream for society?
For it to be fairer between the rich and the poor and for everyone to have access to great education.
Can writing actually help clarify vision and purpose for both journalist and reader?
If the article is written well then anything is possible.
What is your vision for 'Your Town Your Choice'?
To expand to a larger readership and to create a new website as well as building up a team of passionate writers.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To not take 'no' for an answer.