Media Mondays – Mandy Rhodes – 18/11/2013

DownloadedFileDescribed by Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, Alistair Campbell, as insightful and provocative, Mandy was praised by the Prime Minister David Cameron for being ahead of the game for her analysis of the financial crisis and the coalition at Westminster.

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, says her magazine, Holyrood, is “essential reading”.

Mandy’s skill lies in her ability to never be predictable in her line of attack and Tony Blair’s arch spin doctor, Alistair Campbell, who subscribes to the magazine says she has brought back good old-fashioned journalism to the field of politics.

Mandy began her career on a local newspaper in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived housing estate where she cut her teeth on stories that reflected a a society with a growing drug problem, rising poverty and the emergence of the social and medical issues related to HIV and Aids.

She went on to be part of the founding editorial team on Scotland on Sunday and continued her campaigning journalism in her role as Social Affairs Correspondent breaking front page stories on child abuse, illegal trafficking of children and groundbreaking features inside Scotland’s prisons.

She then moved into television and fronted a number of campaigning programmes exposing social inequality before moving behind the camera and working as a television documentary director with the BBC where she later hosted her own medical programme for Radio Scotland before leaving Scotland for London where she became a full time mum and part time commissioner of documentary programmes for Channel 4.

Mandy returned to Scotland in 2002 and became the editor of Holyrood magazine three years later and Managing Editor of Holyrood Communications shortly thereafter working closely with the Managing Director on the strategic direction of the business and for providing the political intelligence for the conference arm of the company.

In the eight years that she has been there, Mandy has transformed Holyrood Magazine from a niche policy publication into a must read for Scotland’s body politic and civic society. She has built a talented, cohesive and incredibly loyal team of journalists and conference researchers and encouraged and guided them in areas of specialism suited to their own particular interests, knowledge and ability. Mandy’s fortnightly ‘Editor’s Notes’ column has become essential reading for the body politic and her high-profile political profiles are regularly quoted by politicians within the Scottish Parliament and make headlines in the mainstream media.

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