Hello,

I’m Karen Woods and I can help you make the complex simple.

I can use my experience in broadcast and print media to produce arresting audio and video, must-read brochures and memorable websites.

Let’s have a chat about what I can do…

So, who are we...

Journalist and broadcaster Karen Woods has worked in news, communications and training for more than 30 years, covering everything from the death of Princess Diana and the aftermath of 9/11 to the 2010 student protests.

She has freelanced for the BBC, was Head of News at the launch of the successful regional radio station Wave 105, News Editor at Ocean FM and Power FM (now Heart and Capital FM) and worked in newspapers. She was a judge for the 2014 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards and has twice been on the panel for the Sony Radio Awards.

Karen enjoys putting her communications skills and expertise to work for companies and organisations, simplifying complex matters for different audiences from cutting edge scientific research to public sector re-organisation.

She also can draw on the skills of other talented communications professionals in web design, video, photography etc as required.

Talk personally to your clients with a podcast

Smile! Link exciting images with simple messages to succeed

Be remembered with creative brochures

Squeek!
Squeek!

Skilled interviewing makes videos special

What can we bring to the table?

Journalism

Journalism

Karen cuts through the jargon and bluster to get to the heart of the matter, explaining what’s really important. Seeking out the story, asking the difficult questions and quickly writing the story in broadcast or print has been her speciality for many years.
Media training

Media Training

Don’t be afraid of interviews. But be prepared before you face the camera and microphone or you won’t make the most of your media opportunity. Karen runs friendly and supportive yet thorough practical training sessions using audio and video to make sure you get your point across.
Podcasting

Podcasting

Talk directly to your audiences through video and audio. It all sounds straightforward but you need to do it professionally to make the most of the media. There’s no substitute for employing people with real experience in radio and TV to make podcasts that people will want to watch or listen to.
Consulting

Consultation

Need to seek feedback from your clients or customers? Effective consultation can help build business as well as deal with issues and comply with regulatory requirements. Let’s talk about how this can be a valuable opportunity rather than a chore.
Copy writing

Copywriting

What do you want to say? Crisp copy honed by years on the newsdesk and written with style will help you tell your story and get your message across. Let Karen identify your audiences, assess what’s required for effective communication and create effective communication.
Public relations

Public Relations

Modern media is fast moving and live 24/7. You need to engage with journalists through credible messages and be ready to respond quickly in a crisis. Karen uses all news channels, including social media, on behalf of clients and never works 9-5.

University of Southampton

Karen has a great ability to write concise and relevant material based on interviews with all kinds of people. She is very easy to work with and turns material around really quickly.
Professor Malcolm Higgs
Director of the University of Southampton Management School
I have hired Karen on several occasions  at the University of Southampton. She has met and delivered on the brief issued to her, in addition to providing expert and friendly advice throughout the project development. Karen has delivered professional and concise alumni profiles, podcast interviews regarding graduate employment and has led student workshops on working with the media. Highly professional and highly recommended.
Richard Carruthers
Project Manager, Career Destinations

Institute of Directors

Karen is a consummate professional in everything she does. She provided support to us at EEF South in producing media content including introducing us to podcasts.

She also helped many members of the team by delivering the often dreaded “media training”!

She made what can be a frightening and arduous task a pleasure by being very understanding and supportive whilst giving us knowledge and confidence on how to survive what can be a difficult requirement.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Karen to anyone needing professional journalistic support and advice on how to work with social and broadcast media.

David Seall
Regional Chairman IoD South at Institute of Directors

Wightlink Ferries

Ferry companies are complex organisations. Karen joined us to assist our marketing team in media relations and quickly picked up the key drivers of the industry. She has made a valuable contribution to raising our public profile  and developing colleagues to improve their skills in communicating with customers and the wider community.

Russell Kew
Chief Executive of Wightlink Ferries

Look Out Media

Karen is a highly professional journalist who is able to use her BBC experience to get the best out of her interviewees in a corporate environment. She is very personable and easy to work with. Karen has a gentle style which she uses very effectively to put her interviewees at ease – therefore getting the best results for the client.
Richard Slee
Video Producer and TV News Correspondent

NHS

Media training made fun and informative – from an experienced and highly-professional broadcaster who really knows her stuff.

Mark Wingham
NHS, Portsmouth

Bournemouth University

Karen worked with senior management colleagues at Bournemouth University while I was Vice-Chancellor. She helped them develop their confidence in speaking to external audiences in addition to their communications and media interview skills. I was impressed by her friendly and supportive approach to my team, as well as her knowledge of current issues in higher education.

Professor Paul Curran
Vice-Chancellor City University

Testimonials

Let's have a chat

Every project is different and every client has different needs. That’s why we feel it’s important to really get to know each other before we spring into action.

Feel free to drop us an email with any question or queries you may have at the address below. Or better still, pick up the phone and give us a call. Nothing beats a good old fashioned phone call.

Tel: 07775 694266

karen@karenwoods.biz