Jenny Francis is the Fitness Editor at The Sun and covers everything from celebrity fitness features, book serialisations, trends, products, and services. We first met Jenny when she was a Senior Feature Writer on Fabulous Daily and we sent her off to beautiful Bali to review Bliss Sanctuary for Women. Jenny took five minutes out of her busy schedule to answer the infamous Sunny Bird PR questions…
1. What are the 5 words that best describe you? Passionate, driven, compassionate, indecisive, excitable
2. What magazine do you love reading and why? Balance. I love that this magazine covers all aspects of health and fitness without being too preachy or unachievable. It's aspirational, motivational, and every feature is laid out in manageable chunks - perfect for the commute.
3. What is your favourite book? Near on impossible to answer - but I'd say a close call between To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Confession (John Grisham) and ALL the Harry Potter books.
4. Which song makes you dance? Stevie Wonder, Superstition
5. What has been your best career moment? This is very tricky as immediately a list of features come to my mind that I worked hard on. But when I actually think about it, being a mentor for The Sun's Column Idol competition was a highlight for me. This competition happens every year and a number of staff mentor the shortlist of young talent to create their own column for The Sun. It was amazing to be a part of something that showed young people are still interested and excited by print journalism and when my student came in third it was an incredibly proud moment to see how far he'd come.
6. What advice would you give your 20 year old self? Slow down. I think we're all guilty of rushing through our 20’s at the speed of light desperate to keep achieving the next big thing on our life 'to do list'. Slowing down a little and taking the time to enjoy each step rather than moving on to the next would be my biggest bit of advice. Before you know it, you're passing out at your 30th birthday wondering how the hell you got there.
7. Where are you happiest? In the sun, with a plate of delicious food in front of me and good company.
8. Who would be your number one dinner guest be and why? J.K Rowling. Because I think she is incredible, and I could easily fill an entire evening drinking and eating while discussing her wonderful imagination (and what happens next in Potter...).
9. If you could have any superpower, what power would it be and why? To be able to click my fingers and be anywhere in the world. I love to travel more than anything, but the getting there isn't so great. On a stressful day how freakin' great would it be to just be able to click your fingers and spend your lunch break on a winery in Italy...
10. If you had to ask us one question what would it be? What makes a good journalist in your eyes?
From a PR’s perspective a good journalist is someone who's approachable, friendly and thorough. Good relationships with journalists are key for us and the clients we represent. We know that journalists are always super busy so we always appreciate those that take the time to talk to us and listen to our ideas and pitches. And Jenny, you are always a pleasure to work with, so thank you!