Leona Fensome

Journalist, radio producer, and researcher in the United Kingdom

Leona Fensome

Journalist, radio producer, and researcher in the United Kingdom

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As an audio producer, features journalist and emerging oral historian, my mandate is to discover real-life stories and get them out into the world. While my specialism is magazine-format journalism in print, online, radio and podcasts, my research and project management work has drawn me into more ethnographic and oral history methods of storytelling. My ethos is community-led, participatory approaches that focus on lived experience and I've produced programmes in the UK and Australia – BBC Radio 4 (Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour & The Media Show), BBC Radio 2 (The Jeremy Vine Show), Radio Verulam, Mi-Soul Radio, RTRFM and Triple R.

In Australian and UK community radio; I've developed flagship magazine, news and current affairs talks shows, trained volunteer producers and completed podcast and radio archive projects.

As a post-grad radio researcher, I’m focused on community development, public engagement with local news and social gain. My honours thesis discussed contemporary issues facing volunteer community radio broadcasters and namely, how the community media sector stands amidst digital disruption.

Member: The Radio Academy, GIJN, NUJ, BECTU, Community Media Association, Community Radio Awards, UK Audio Network, Oral History Society UK, AudioUK, MeCCSA and MEAA (Aus)

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Communications (Honours)
    • Advanced Diploma in Business
    • Point Blank Music College