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An innovative digital media start-up, based on the Isle of Wight – telling Island stories for an Island audience.

Created by journalist and broadcaster Harriet Hadfield, the Island Stories portfolio includes a podcast series, a weekly email newsletter with 1000+ subscribers, alongside media and marketing work for Island brands, organisations and charities.

THE PODCAST

The popular Island Stories podcast – now in its third season – celebrates the incredibly inspiring people who live on this beautiful Island.

Working alongside Producer Alex Warren, Harriet has interviewed some big-name Islanders including DJ Rob da Bank; double-gold medalist Shirley Robertson; and Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley – a podcast interview about death, which was described as “strangely uplifting”.

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CLIENTS: Media & marketing

Need help telling your story? Island Stories can help with writing and distributing press releases, event management, copywriting, project managing your new website, offering consultation help with social media or even creating your own podcast.

Harriet has worked with a range of organisations, companies and charities on the Island – telling their Island Story in an authentic and organic way – maximising exposure and creating publicity via traditional, digital and social media. 

Island Stories can work with you to create a plan that will deliver the right kind of audience for you. As a professional photographer, Harriet can also deliver the imagery you need to tell your story.

About Harriet

With more than 15 years of experience in broadcast news, Harriet has worked for Sky News, the BBC and ITV News – covering every kind of story imaginable for huge and diverse audiences. Well-known in the industry for having pioneered the use of iPhones in live broadcasting, she was also a political correspondent and news anchor during her long career at Sky. 

Now based on the Isle of Wight she still works occasionally as a freelance journalist for ITV Meridian, covering news on the Island and also publishes her own podcast and newsletter.

Having spent much of her childhood here, Harriet moved back to the Island in 2020 to live near her parents, buying her grandmother’s house on the Seaview High Street – just two doors down from her office at The Halland – and loves the way Island Stories and running the family business allows her to mix family and work.

THE HALLAND

Island Stories is proud to partner with The Halland , a beautiful art and wine shop in Seaview – a family business, which Harriet runs alongside Chris Jelf – a professional photographer, artist, bespoke picture-framer and wine-enthusiast.

Situated on the High Street in the beautiful village of Seaview, Isle of Wight, The Halland offers a winning combination of fabulous art and delicious wine, alongside fabulous events including special guests, games nights, painting courses and private parties.

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