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Jessica is a former journalist now embracing the challenge of public relations. Having worked as a reporter in New Zealand and overseas, she brings a breadth of media industry knowledge to Convergence.
After braving cold, damp Dunedin flats during her student years, 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. She honed her writing and video skills, while filming and editing her own stories. Jess travelled thousands of kilometres throughout the South Island, delving into business, conservation and agriculture stories.
Her media work has given Jess 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 on tackling difficult projects. 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 a brand.
Jess spent much of her childhood living throughout New Zealand and overseas – ultimately travelling to 30 different countries, with many more remaining on her list. An avid foodie now back in her hometown of Christchurch, Jess enjoys trying new delicacies and exploring the city’s latest eateries.
Jessica’s Qualifications and Achievements
- Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications, University of Otago
- Master of Science in Journalism for Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York
- Silver award – Community and Stakeholder Engagement, 2021 PRINZ Awards for ‘Canterbury Museum – the need for change’