Jo McLeish, founder and creator of The Media Room
Jo believes there is a real need for charities & the Arts to have focused, bespoke and tailor-made communications support and so The Media Room exists to offer guidance, help and advice across local, regional and national media. Bringing stories and images to life are two of Jo's greatest passions.
An established Press & PR professional with over 15 years experience
After completing her Masters degree in television journalism, Jo spent several years freelancing at the BBC. For six years, Jo worked as a national press & PR officer in the voluntary sector, As press & PR manager at Nottingham Playhouse, Jo worked on a variety of productions ranging from Richard III, 1984 and The Kite Runner.
Jo has worked with a range of print, broadcast and press teams including- ITN,
Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, Daily Express, The Big Issue, The Stage, Third Sector magazine, Lottery Good Causes and BBC Children in Need.
Jo has produced for Theatre in the Quarter, (Chester) and is currently in the research and development stages of a new play, commissioned by the Birmingham MAC.
Voluntary press and PR support
Jo has used her skills to support a range of charities such as The Captive Animals Protection Society, (CAPS), Manchester, securing a high-profile patron, and working on their new promotional campaign DVD, (including on location investigative filming).
The RECLAIM Project where Jo has run media training for staff at the charity, developed a communications strategy for them and run media training that enabled young people working with The RECLAIM Project to become media ambassadors for the charity. Jo also spent six years volunteering as a Childline counsellor for the NSPCC.