Editor & Outreach Coordinator
Tamsyn Jones joined the Practical Farmers staff in March 2012. She is the main media and outreach point person responsible for writing and sending news releases, fielding media inquiries and handling other media relations activities.
Tamsyn also does extensive editing of Practical Farmers outreach and publications; manages PFI’s in-house written style guide; writes copy for a range of PFI materials; and coordinates, edits and lays out our quarterly magazine, “the Practical Farmer.”
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.