After three decades as a journalist, there is no subject I haven’t tackled.
From human interest and case studies to campaigns and breaking news, a wealth of experience means I can confidently turn my hand to any form of article geared to all platforms, from newspapers and magazines to digital.
You can be assured I have a keen eye for an angle and exceptional communication skills and, as a former newspaper editor of four-and-a-half years, come complete with a bulging contacts book!
Thorough, accurate reporting and deadlines are second nature to me in the modern era of 24/7 headline demands by both the print and digital consumer.
My portfolio covers the whole spectrum, from investigative and campaigning journalism through to lifestyle, reviews and celebrity interviews.
I am also an multi-award-winning sub-editor and page designer adept in both QuarkPress and InDesign.
My skillset also allows me to offer a professional Public Relations service. I know how to sell a story and get it noticed as opposed to it ending up on the ‘cutting room floor.’
I also provide a professional copywriting service to help make your promotional literature and website fizz – plus we can discuss any other writing needs you may have.
Commissions will all be competitively priced (I’ve done my homework!) and delivered to clients’ exacting standards and within the required time frame.
Do contact me for an informal and no-obligation chat to discuss your particular requirements.
“I have always found Amanda to be approachable and responsive. An ability to quickly understand the matter in hand and always able to see an issue from both sides meant that Amanda presented stories in a balanced and measured fashion that was never bland. Amanda always acts with integrity and honesty offering challenge when it is required, combined with a lively writing style and a quick wit means that Amanda is a pleasure to work with.”
“I have always found Amanda to be the consummate professional and admired how she turned the Stratford-upon-Herald around from being largely irrelevant to become a true reflection of the concerns of Stratford’s community– no mean feat in these days of social media.I greatly appreciated her accessibility and willingness to listen to thoughts, ideas and stories. One of her greatest skills, and which is why she was so well trusted as editor, was her ability to recognise when a subject was ‘on’ or ‘off’ the record and how to use that for mutual benefit without compromising her source.”
“I have always been impressed with Amanda’s commitment to honest journalism that connects with the community it seeks to serve. We have developed a professional relationship based on trust, which means that we have been able to discuss sensitive issues without me having to be guarded about what I say, for fear that it will be put in print! Amanda is organised and professional and understands the value of good networking and communication.”
“Amanda has moved the Herald to its rightful place as the voice of the community, for many communities within the community.”
“Media relationships can be somewhat turbulent, especially when it comes to press coverage of controversial or unpopular rulings by local authorities. As editor of our local newspaper, Amanda Chalmers was scrupulous in ensuring unbiased and balanced reporting on all aspects relating to the Town Council and rarely sought to sensationalise. However, that is not to say that Amanda would ever sanction coverage that was dumbed down.
She took a lively interest in all matters that were important to the town and was helpful and proactive in getting significant messages across that were of interest and of benefit.”
“I have found Amanda to be a fair and balanced journalist who was keen to understand the true picture and ensure that all sides of the argument were heard.
She always acted with integrity and professionalism in our dealings with her.”
“It has always been a pleasure working with Amanda. She has always shown a passion for sharing important health news with the public and offered fantastic support for improving local services in Stratford. The Herald were closely involved and very supportive of the Stratford Hospital Cancer and Eye fundraising appeal, helping us to raise over £1 million to make the new facility the best it can be for the people of Stratford and surrounding communities.”
“I have known Amanda in her capacity as editor of the Stratford Herald for the past two and a half years. During that time Amanda has always been very helpful, open and honest and willing to work with the District Council to provide balanced reporting. This constructive relationship has provided the basis of much closer and amicable working with the Stratford Herald which was not always possible before Amanda became editor.”
“Amanda Chalmers is a highly professional journalist. She has excellent judgement, an eye for what is newsworthy and the ability to decipher the importance of a story. Her interpersonal skills are a major strength; she has the ability to ask tough questions whilst retaining genuine empathy for a particular circumstance. As an editor, I always found Amanda to be not only approachable, but a stickler for accurate facts and quotes. This approach instilled trust and the confidence that you would always be treated fairly.”