What’s it really like to work in the world of events and publishing? This series of blog posts will show the variation of roles we have at Diversified UK and will give an insight into what we get up to on a daily basis. This post introduces Jessamy Chapman, the editor of Group Tourism & Travel Magazine, who works in the Peterborough office.
Tell us a bit about your background before Diversified
I left school after GCSEs and worked at McDonald’s, before realising that wasn’t exactly conducive to a writing career. So I went back to college, and started studying for a degree in journalism, at the same time that I started part-time at Expo (later bought by Diversified).
How do you get to work in the morning?
My husband drives me past the office on his own way to work and drops me a mile down the road so I can walk in and get a decent bit of exercise.
Is there such a thing as a typical day for you? If so, what’s it like?
If I’m in the office, it involves a lot of sub-editing, communicating with the studio, sales and marketing teams, mentoring the junior journalists and pummelling my brain into actually writing.
What do you do for lunch?
Eat Tesco wraps and re-read some of either the first or fifth Harry Potter books, as they’re the ones we have in the DivCafe library.
What’s the best part of your Job?
Mentoring. So far I’ve had the pleasure of ‘looking after’ five trainee/junior journalists, all of whom have either achieved first-class degrees, gone on to other exciting journalism jobs or training, or have excellent careers here at Diversified. A close second is seeing the latest issue of the relaunched Group Tourism & Travel every month – I’m sure that will get old at some point, but it hasn’t yet.
What’s the most challenging aspect of the role?
Juggling – we in the editorial team all work across several different publications, with different deadline dates and focuses, so it can be a challenge prioritising them, but it keeps things lively.
What’s the best thing about working at Diversified?
It’s just a really lovely company, that obviously cares about its people and wants us to have fun, and it attracts great people as a result.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Doll’s houses, books, architecture, social history and the seaside.
If you weren’t in this role, what job would you do?
Writing is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve been incredibly fortunate.
Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Group Tourism and Travel Magazine has been inspiring coach tours for 35 years, since its launch as Coach Monthly. For more information, and to check out some of Jess’s work, please visit www.grouptourismtravel.com