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Joseph Aspinall is from a large ethnically 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 Joseph direct exposure to and appreciation for other backgrounds, philosophies, music and food. During his teenage years, Joseph worked with his cousins at an amateur entertainment and dramatics venue, on productions of live shows, music and short films. It is here where he discovered his interest in both production and reporting, as he became the venue’s newsletter editor.
Following advice from media industry insiders to take a degree in a traditional subject, Joseph obtained a Law with Politics LLB from the University of Manchester. While studying, he joined student radio station Fuse FM with a regular slot for three years where he covered a variety of news stories from women’s rights marches to both student and national elections. After initial success, his 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, Joseph kept in radio, becoming involved with local station Wandsworth Radio. Here, he continues to produce and present his own shows, reporting on the local area, events and issues. Joseph completed a multimedia traineeship with Media Trust, where he developed reporting, blogging and editing skills. His team produced three short films for the BBC on how Barack Obama served the Black Community during his presidency and interviewed Jamal Edwards about mental health in young people at an NME shoot. He has demonstrated his social media capability elsewhere, covering the 4 Music/Box platforms during Facebook Live events. After three months as a junior journalist, Joseph became a full time reporter for London360, a television news show broadcast on Sky, Virgin and Freeview. Here he developed skills in filming, editing and producing, and earnt his first TV credits, creating shows about technology, religion and knife crime in a series called London Undercover. He also produced and presented a special about transport in the city. Joseph is currently working at Discovery Networks Europe as a production assistant in the reversioning department. Working with producers and the wider team, he is gaining invaluable exposure and hands on experience as well as international credits.
Joseph is a music fanatic and a keen kayaker. He sources his music at gigs, online and through social media, communicating with bands and agents. Whether he is working, partying or kayaking in the Alps, there is always a soundtrack to his life.