60 seconds with…Jamie Wallis

Jamie-wallisAt WeBlogEvents, we believe there is no better way to gain insight into the events industry than by talking to the true game changers, the innovators, the movers and shakers. We want to share their tips and wisdom, as well as their questions and motivations, to individuals, businesses and students all around the world.

So, to kick start our new ‘60 seconds with…’ series where we plan to delve into the personal lives of these event professionals, WeBlogEvents caught up with Jamie Wallis, managing editor at Mash Media on being a Norwich City fan, walks in the countryside, and good photography in events.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Ambitious, confident and friendly.

How long have you been a journalist?
About 4.5 – 5 years?

IMG_9248How did you get into the events industry?
Tom, my best friend from school is the editor of Access All Areas and convinced me that being a freelance journalist/Time Team regular lunchtime viewer wasn’t the way forward and got me to join Mash Media.

What do you like and dislike about the events industry?
I like the range of people – lots of opinions, which I like. I dislike/hate the lack of good photography in the industry. Media needs to be visually stimulating. I think this and the importance of good design is sometimes forgotten.

How has the events industry changed since you first started?
Not a lot, as it’s only been ten months. Perhaps you could argue that the need to improve online marketing is being addressed, as is the desire to work more closely together as an industry.

jake-gyllenhaalWhat have been your key achievements to date? (Doesn’t have to be work related)
Being the youngest editor of a men’s lifestyle mag was pleasing. I am also really proud of the job my team and I have done on the redesigns of AAA and most recently EN. A great team effort. Away from work, it has to be getting married.

Which team do you support?
Norwich City – I am a Norfolk boy so it was either Norwich or Diss Town.

IMG_9249If there was a film about your life, who would you choose to play you and why?
Jake Gyllenhaal – he plays metrosexual men well.

What do you do outside of work to let steam off?
A lot of my time is spent playing with my cat Tilly. Other than that, shopping for shirts, socks and brogues and going for nice countryside walks with my wife, Ella.

What are your goals for 2015?
In work, my goals are to help Mash launch great new websites for EN, AAA and Engage. In print, it is to continue the good work I feel we are doing with EN and AAA and to get the industry excited about Engage. Outside of work, maybe in 2015, I will finally find the perfect pair of brogues.

For more fun and frolics from Jamie, follow him on Twitter @jamiebwallis or send an email to jwallis@mashmedia.net.


What do you think #eventprofs? Who would you like us next to interview? Send us an email to weblogevents@gmail.com with your thoughts, or tweet us at @weblogevents.

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