DDI: 03 943 0581 • M: 021 883 826 • Email Jessica
Jessica is a former journalist now taking on a new challenge in the world of public relations. Working as a reporter, both in New Zealand and overseas, she brings a breadth of media industry knowledge to Convergence.
After braving cold, damp Dunedin flats during her Bachelor of Arts degree, Jess ventured overseas to launch her journalism career. She headed to the United States where she completed her Master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York.
Jess’s American adventure took her to Tennessee in search of interesting stories, and the coveted southern twang. She was a reporter for a local NBC television station where she covered national news events – from the 2016 presidential elections to devastating hurricane damage on the East Coast.
After several years offshore, Jess craved home and took up a position at TVNZ as a reporter and video journalist for 1 NEWS based in Queenstown. This is where she honed her writing and video skills, as her role involved filming and editing her own stories from scratch. Jess travelled thousands of kilometres throughout the South Island, delving into a variety of topics including business, conservation and agriculture, to name a few.
With her reporting background Jess has harnessed a keen sense of what media outlets are looking for, and how to pitch to them effectively. She is a creative problem solver who thrives when tackling a difficult project. As a millennial born in the digital age, Jess is a social media enthusiast and enjoys creating innovative strategies to raise awareness and help communicate your brand.
While Jess is a Kiwi, she spent much of her childhood living throughout New Zealand and overseas, allowing her to travel to 30 different countries, with many more on the list. As an avid foodie now back in her hometown of Christchurch Jess can be found in her time off trying new delicacies and exploring the latest eateries the city has to offer.
Qualifications and Achievements
- Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications, University of Otago, 2014
- Masters of Science in Journalism for Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York, 2016