I believe in putting my clients in the media far more than myself and have been very successful doing so but I’ve often been asked for some expert opinions so have included a few examples of these here.
I’ve been in the travel industry since 1994 starting the Countrylink Magazine, Escape and then moving to a position as head of Public Relations South West Pacific for Malaysia Airlines 1996 – 2000. I then opened my own PR agency in the year 2000 and it’s still going. I’ve been able to travel the world as part of my job and as a freelance writer I love hunting for an unknown story. I don’t sell stories on my clients. Instead I’ve gone searching for stories in places such as Lord Howe Island where I found the man who made magic honey and the island’s last cat through to interviewing Andy Thomas about space travel. Here are a small selection.
I love love love real estate and writing about it as you might be able to see from this website. I had a column in the Sunday Telegraph for a few years writing about auctions, wrote real estate features in the Sunday Telegraph, Daily Telegraph and Sydney Courier publications. I even completed my real estate licence in 2017 but don’t think I’ll ever use it although I did sell my own house – but you don’t need a licence to do this.
These are just a few examples of articles I’ve had published on surfing. I learnt to surf at the ripe age of thirty nine, became totally addicted and surfed for two hours every morning – rain, hail or shine – before work. I even moved my office from Elizabeth Street Sydney to Manly to sneak in some lunch time surfs. I’m a short boarder – SHORT BOARDERS RULE! I’ve taken and organised media surfing trips to Ireland, Wales, South Africa, India, the Solomon Islands, and Tahiti. Addiction does not even come close to what a wave does to your life.
I love meeting people and interviewing them. I’ve done this since I left uni meeting politicians through to pop stars with my all-time favourite interview being with Douglas Adams who I spent over two hours with asking questions. My reward was his signature in my copy of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy with the words “To Nicole whose questions were more clever than my answers!”
Here are a few examples of the different subjects I’ve written on from travel industry news through to food reviews and of course one of my Douglas Adams write ups.
I’m a real estate nut. I spend hours searching homes on the internet all over the world and reading real estate news, daydreaming about purchasing a chateau in Provence or a manor in Ireland. Besides having had a real estate column in the Sunday Telegraph, been a regular real estate features writer for the Daily Telegraph and Sydney Weekly, I love visiting homes pre-sale and write copy for online, brochures and the whole real estate paraphernalia. Here’s a small selection.
A true story told using creative devices or so the definition says. I love this subject and look forward to delivering more. Here you will find a piece on my discovery of surfing and an interview with a passionate chocolatier.
I’ve discovered how much I love literary criticism now I’m back at university studying my MA. Here are a few essays that earned me distinctions that you may like to peruse if you are that way inclined.
Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan first had a short story published in “Off the Rails” about her interaction with train spotters in 1996. The hiatus between this short story and her most recent “Baked Beans and Apple Pie” published 2018 was filled with journalistic prose. Studying Short Story as part of her MA (Creative Writing) at UTS, Nicole hopes to produce many more.
Nicole had the children’s book published, “The Wonderful Wizard of Borneo” in 2000 which was published by Lansdowne Macquarie and sold in all bookshops and given out on Malaysia Airlines flights.
She is currently working on two novels, an urban fantasy and a romantic comedy, so watch this space.
Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan has twenty five years writing and communications experience. Her PR experience includes roles of over ten years in the travel industry with Malaysia Airlines (Public Relations Manager Australia and New Zealand for four years) and Countrylink State Rail (Public Relations Manager). She has also specialised in the fields of government public relations and sports marketing. In 2000, Nicole was a joint media manager of the Olympic Torch Relay Media Centre.