Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.
I am an experienced online journalist who has reported on politics for more than a decade. . . specialising in politics in the broadest sense, including health, education, transport, welfare reform the economy and more.
Familiar with creating online content for mobile, tablet and PC/Mac. . . experienced in both front-end and back-end use of content management systems including Escenic and Joomla. I can learn to use other CMS quickly and I can edit content directly in HTML if needed.
Producing shareable content and promoting it online. . . I understand the importance of producing material that people want to share on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere
An online journalist producing data journalism, explainers, stories sourced from social media and interviews as well as covering major events. . . and constantly learning new skills.
Maintaining strong and productive relationships at Westminster with senior politicians and officials. . . including Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Select Committee chairs, special advisers and officials in Downing Street as well as those working directly to the Leader of the Opposition.
For examples of my work, please see the front page of this website.
I created this website myself in order to showcase my skills and my work.
A trained journalist, I have worked in local and regional newspapers for most of my career. I was an all-round reporter with a particular interest in education on the tabloid Sunday Mercury in Birmingham, before moving to the Birmingham Post as education correspondent.
In 2001 I became the Birmingham Post's Political Correspondent, based in Parliament as a member of the Lobby. In 2003 I became Political Editor and my role was expanded to include The Birmingham Mail. It was later expanded again to take in the Sunday Mercury and Coventry Telegraph.
I now serve all these papers as well as the Newcastle Journal and Newcastle Chronicle.
I have twice served as Chairman of the Newspaper Conference. The Newspaper Conference represents lobby correspondents working for the regional and local newspapers at Westminster. As chairman I organised briefings and hosted lunches with senior politicians, attended by regional lobby journalists.
Before entering journalism I worked in public relations for two years, in a business to business agency writing for publications and press releases, preparing pitches and dealing with press inquiries on behalf of clients.
I have a BA Hons degree in Politics from the University of Exeter.