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Editor and Outreach Coordinator
Tamsyn Jones joined the Practical Farmers staff in March 2012. Her role has evolved over this time as PFI has grown, and she now serves as the primary editor of Practical Farmers’ outreach and publications; writes copy for a range of PFI materials; coordinates, edits and helps lay out PFI’s quarterly magazine, “the Practical Farmer”; and manages PFI’s in-house written style, which includes working to ensure PFI’s use of language is inclusive and welcoming.
Tamsyn also handles media relations work that includes writing and sending news releases, managing PFI’s list of media contacts, keeping tabs on the journalism and media landscape to inform PFI’s outreach strategy and supporting other media relations activities.
Tamsyn received a Bachelor of Science in technical writing, with a focus in ecology, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, where she majored in environmental journalism, studied environmental reporting in Australia and worked as a teaching assistant to soil science and agricultural journalism professors.
After graduating, she spent a year as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Tasmania, where she worked to foster greater international goodwill and understanding while pursuing additional post-graduate studies in radio and investigative journalism at the University of Tasmania. While there, she spoke to groups of Australians across the country, including Aboriginal groups in the nation’s heartland; interned as an ocean science writer; and immersed herself in the local traditional Irish and old-time Tassie bush music scene.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Tamsyn and her husband, Chris Witte, have a son, Dorian, whom they love spending time with and sharing their love of nature, hiking and the outdoors, and making music on their sundry collection of instruments, which includes banjos and bouzoukis. When she has time, Tamsyn enjoys playing her fiddle, mandolute and whistles; exploring new nooks and crannies of the countryside; reading (science, history, medieval literature and historical fiction are of great interest); and playing with her two cats.