Joe Aspinall

I’m from a large, diverse family in south London, a fusion of an Irish and English family who went on to integrate with an array of communities in the city. This culturally diverse upbringing has given me direct exposure to and appreciation for other backgrounds, philosophies, music and food. During my teenage years, I worked with some of my cousins at an amateur entertainment and dramatics venue, on productions of live shows, music and short films. Here, I developed an interest in both production and reporting – becoming the venue’s newsletter editor.

Following advice from media industry insiders to take a degree in a traditional subject, I obtained a Law with Politics LLB from the University of Manchester. While studying, I joined student radio station Fuse FM with a regular slot for three years, covering a variety of news stories from women’s rights marches to both student and national elections. After initial success, my radio slot was renewed three times and was mentioned in the UK’s largest student newspaper as well as in various societies’ newsletters.

After moving back to London, I kept in radio, becoming involved with local station Wandsworth Radio. Here, I continued to produce and present shows, reporting on the local area, events and issues. Alongside this I completed a multimedia traineeship with Media Trust and developed reporting, blogging and editing skills. My team produced three short films for the BBC on how Barack Obama served the Black Community during his presidency and I interviewed Jamal Edwards about mental health in young people at an NME shoot. I spent some time covering the 4 Music/Box social platforms during Facebook Live events and helping out on shoots. After three months as a junior journalist, I became a full time reporter for London360, a television news show broadcast on Sky, Virgin and Freeview. Here I was taught and developed skills in filming, editing and producing, and earnt my first TV credits, creating shows about technology, religion and knife crime in a series called London Undercover. I also produced and presented a special about transport in the city. I’m currently working at Discovery Networks Europe as a production assistant in the reversioning department. Working with producers and the wider team, I am gaining invaluable exposure and hands on experience as well as international credits.

I’m a music fanatic, big water sports junkie and a keen kayaker, sourcing music at gigs, online, through social media and communicating with bands and agents.

DEADBEAT JOE JOSEPH ASPINALL