John "Jono" Hutchinson: Keelite of the Month June 2015

2006 History & Politics

Jono with cocktail What am I doing now?

I work as a travel writer for the Daily Mail and MailOnline in London.
‌How did you get to where you are now?

After graduating with a 2.1 I worked as a sabbatical officer for the Students' Union (in the infamous Pambana 'Pambi' Mathangani Kihoro-led Presidency) before enrolling in a fast-track journalism course at Sheffield College. Following this I took a role as a sports reporter for Archant newspapers based in Hertfordshire, then sports sub and then assistant sports editor. I freelanced for the Daily Mail on the sport and news teams, before taking the job I currently find myself in as senior travel writer.

‌What has been your biggest achievement so far? 

Being nominated for Cruise Writer of the Year at the National Cruise Writing Awards. Covering the David Haye v Wladimir Klitschko fight for boxing titles around the world was also a tremendous experience. Meeting a whole host of famous sporting and celebrity figures, too many to mention. It's also nice to travel the world for 'work'.

Left: Jono "travelling for work".

And your biggest mistake?

Losing contact with some good friends from my time at Keele University. There really is no excuse, so time to start re-forging those links!

What are your ambitions now?

To travel the world, writing about boxing. A beautiful combination utilising my most proficient skills!

The Infamous Sabbs What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field? 

I would say be aware that starting off is tough, competitive and poorly paid. But it pays to keep confident, if you're good enough your talent will shine through. Also in journalism, don't be afraid to take risks. There is no such thing as a 'comfortable position,' so never rest on your laurels!

Photo left: The "infamous" Sabbatical team of 2006-2007  Vice-Presidents John Hutchinson, Iain Forsyth, Rob Russell and President Pambi Kihoro.

What made you choose Keele University?

It was a warm and sunny day, the squirrels were running around, and my parents liked it! To be honest, I'd been rejected by Durham and it was my second choice, but thank goodness Durham lost out on my talent and top banter!  

Fancy Dress Fiend What kind of a student were you? 

Studious, library-geek and shy. Ok... everyone reading this will know that's ridiculous. I'd say I was the life and soul of the party, friendly and approachable! Never turned down a night out, and was often seen perfecting my stunning dance moves, or on the arm of a beautiful girl. Fact.

Photo right: The green-clad Jono prepares for a normal night in the Union.

How has Keele influenced your life? 

Keele has without doubt moulded me into everything I am today. It has helped me know when is the time to work hard, and when is the time to party hard. That will never change. It has also helped me to learn to treasure friendships, as well as appreciate people from all walks of life.

Photo below: Jono with boxer Amir Khan.

Jono with boxer Amir Khan What is your favourite memory of Keele?

There are so, so many, this is the hardest question! Winning the sabbatical election for Vice-President (Communications). That was one messy, and nervous night. What followed was a tremendous year 'in office' dealing with some lovely and passionate people. Getting a 2.1. And I suppose sampling just how robust Vice-Chancellor Janet Finch's door was in Keele Hall... I'll say no more.

What is your impression of Keele now? 

A forward-thinking, modern, all-encapsulating university that can offer something for anyone, as well as keeping all its tradition and identity.

Anything else you would like to add?

Being selected for this honour reminds me all that is special about Keele University. From the teaching staff to students, to workers and all those who work with alumni, it leaves me with a great feeling of pride that I was a student there.