Media relations


I have recently been appointed to handle press and PR for the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, and was previously media relations officer for Manchester's contemporary art and film centre, Cornerhouse (now re-launched as HOME). Highlights there included securing a visit by Mark Kermode, arranging and co-editing a dedicated issue of Film International, national coverage including a full page in The Observer, regular previews in the Guardian Guide and reviews by Front Row, Frieze, Art Monthly, Aesthetica, Dazed & Confused and Empire, and negotiating a media partnership with The Skinny magazine.


My work with Made Up North Productions included a multi-strand media relations campaign for the premiere of its first feature film A Boy Called Dad at the Edinburgh Film Festival, resulting in coverage by MEN City Life, BBC Radio Merseyside, the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post, the Manchester Metro, Big Issue in the North, The Scotsman, Sunday Mail in Scotland/California Chronicle, AllFM ArtBeat (MP3, 9 mins in), filmandfestivals.com and NW Business Desk.

I also managed media relations for TAPE's short documentary film Hi High Rise, achieving coverage in the Manchester Evening News (once, twice), Inside the M60, BBC Online, Go See This, BBC Radio Manchester (Alan Beswick and Heather Stott shows), Chimp magazine, Distill, Channel M and Big Issue in the North.

 

My press releases for The University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing included:


My media work for The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences included:

  • a collaboration with BBC Horizon revealing positive findings for a Boots anti-ageing cream, prompting buying and media frenzies
  • a London press conference on the contention that child abuse can cause schizophrenia, attracting coverage by Reuters, The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist online, BBC Women's Hour and a wide range of online news sources
  • the news that dentists could detect osteoporosis automatically, picked up by BBC North West Tonight and the MEN
  • a release on how hypnotherapy can successfully treat IBS, achieving extensive and long-term coverage in outlets including the ITV Lunchtime News and Manchester Evening News.

 

To discuss your media relations needs, please contact me on jo@jonightingale.co.uk.