Leona Fensome

Audio producer, Oral Historian, and Features Journalist in the United Kingdom

Leona Fensome

Audio producer, Oral Historian, and Features Journalist in the United Kingdom

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As an independent audio production company, I produce audio in collaboration with indies across radio programmes, podcasts, oral histories and community radio. Recently, my aim has been to reimagine community engagement with local and national history in an impactful way. I’m involved with the Modus Arts national oral history project 'Tape Letters', to create a six-part radio series through a recent successful bid to the Audio Content Fund; the Communicating Connections oral history community heritage project, collecting stories of people who worked at the Marconi Company and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund; and 'A County Remembers', an exhibition exploring remembrance and WW1 memorials to coincide with Hertfordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant Reaffirmation ceremony in conjunction with Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.

Over the last decade as an audio producer, features journalist and oral historian, I have worked in both Australia and the UK in:

• long-form journalism across print, women’s consumer magazines, music & entertainment websites,
• magazine format radio in BBC Radio 2 and 4 (speech and factual programming),
• community radio programming,
• ghost-writing biographies and collaborating with authors on chapters
• creating podcast series, and
• training volunteers in community radio

While my expertise lies in current affairs, culture, and community, I have always been fuelled by a belief that a model of co-production is crucial in providing space for unheard stories.

I have a deep understanding of national and international community media, female-led businesses, arts & culture, heritage, museum and third sector needs, having worked in senior management or consultancy roles for startups, SMEs, the local and federal government (Australia) across these industries.

Member: The Radio Academy, GIJN, NUJ, BECTU, Community Media Association, Community Radio Awards, UK Audio Network, Oral History Society UK, Oral History Network of Ireland, Oral History Association, AudioUK, MeCCSA, CBAA and MEAA (Aus). And, as a member of the AudioUK board, I work as a collective and in small advisory groups to improve access to legal resources, training and better equip both indie and freelancer needs.

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