Sophie Mei Lan (aka Mama Mei) is a multi-award-winning journalist, blogger, presenter, columnist, reviewer & film-maker.
I ditched my dream job to “stay & work-at-home” with the kids.
I have now turned my talents to blogging, column writing, speaking, PR, vlogging and campaigning.
I blog mostly about parenting, health & fitness, lifestyle, food and business. I also do lots of reviews of places to go, things to do and where to travel with the family.
At weekends you’ll find me acting, Bellydancing, playing Football, eating my MasterChef husband’s delicious food and running everywhere with the pushchair & kids in tow…
I love expressing myself but I’m dyslexic & dyspraxic. I used to be a binge-drinker and now I’m tee-total but I love a good strong coffee.
I’m also a vegetarian verging on a vegan, recovering from an eating disorder so I’m living with a kind but frustrated chef/husband.
This is my parenting blog: MamaMei.co.uk
My YouTube channel is: youtube.com/MeiInternational
My PR/film business is: evokemediagroup.co.uk
Or if you want to find out about my weird & wonderful hobbies, go to:
Sophie is a multi-award-winning journalist and researcher who has worked for a variety of news outlets such as BBC News, ITN News (Channel 4 news & ITV national), The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Mirror, BBC Local Radio, and Johnston Press.
She has a Post-Graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism, NCTJ in Journalism and a degree in Social Sciences, Philosophy and Italian.
Sophie now blogs for Huffington Post, Wow 24/7 and her own blog Mama Mei.
She is a columnist for the local press and is regularly featured on BBC Radio, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show and ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Alongside working in the media industry, Sophie teaches media workshops as well as being a keen dance teacher and performer, a sports person and an actress in her spare time.
She has also remained involved in her area through a variety of voluntary roles in communications, taking part in charity events and up until recently she has been editor for an online magazine and a parenting newsletter.
Sophie takes an active interest in business and learning languages (French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese).
She holds a full UK driving license.
- Winner of Amnesty International Media Award – Sophie was crowned student human rights reporter of the year for a multimedia (article and video) blog entry, telling the story of a human trafficking survivor who had been wrongly convicted of crimes in the UK when she was in fact a victim.
The video Sophie filmed was picked up on national news and internationally.
- Winner of NCTJ Awards for Excellence –
Sophie won the ‘Scoop of the Year’ award from the National Council for the Training of Journalists for a multimedia package (radio documentary, article and video) she made during her postgraduate studies which was also commissioned by her local commercial radio station.
The main focus of the piece was an hour-long radio documentary revealing the extent of child sexual exploitation in South Yorkshire with an accompanying video package and online article.
- Shortlisted for IRN national Commercial Radio Award – The nomination was for the radio documentary (as mentioned above) which was broadcast on Hallam FM Radio, Bauer Media. Sophie pitched, researched, produced, reported and recorded most of the package.
- Highly commended in Guardian Student Media Awards – Sophie was runner-up for two Guardian newspaper awards for a range of journalistic work she completed during her postgraduate studies in journalism.
- July 2012: Presenter and director, O2 Media Awards
Sophie was commissioned to make a documentary on the representation of young people in the media to be shown at the annual awards ceremony.
- Apr 2011: TV Presenter course, London Academy of Media, Film and TV
A short course presenting which included PTC, interviewing and newsreading.
- Aug 2008: Presenter and researcher, ITV Yorkshire (work exp.)
During a placement at Calendar News, Sophie pitched and researched an idea for a short documentary in Egypt. A crew accompanied Sophie to Cairo where she presented the documentary Bellydancing in Egypt, which later aired on ITV Yorkshire and at The Showroom cinema in Sheffield.
- Sep 2014 – present: BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme
Sophie has recently completed an online placement at BBC Yorkshire and is set to work on The One Show’s current affairs team in Salford for her TV placement and later she will go to File on Four and Five Live investigates for her radio placement.
- Feb 2014: Digital reporter/blogger at the Mobile World Congress –
Sophie won the opportunity to film and report at this international technology event in Barcelona on behalf of O2 Think Big. Whilst she was there she managed to interview Jan Koum (founder of WhatsApp) and Cherie Blair.
- Mar 2013 – Jul 2014: Multimedia reporter, Johnston Press (Wakefield Express newspaper Group, Reporter Series & Morley Observer)
Sophie started out freelancing for Johnston Press Yorkshire before securing a staff job for their newspaper group based in West Yorkshire after completing her postgraduate diploma in journalism and NCTJ diploma (level 3).
- Dec 2013 – Mar 2014: Reporter, Mirror Online
Worked shifts writing online articles for Trinity Mirror in Manchester.
- Nov 2012 – Jan 2013: Researcher, True North productions
Researched factual entertainment programme ideas for national television.
- April 2012 – Dec 2012: Community reporter, Postcode Gazette
Worked from home sourcing and writing online hyper-local stories.
- Sep – Nov 2012: Guest Editor, Economia Magazine
Sophie won the opportunity to create content and shape the national finance magazine for the November edition as part of a Global Entrepreneurship Week competition. She was also commissioned to make a series of films on being an entrepreneur.
- Aug 2012 – Dec 2013: Broadcast and Online Journalist, Bauer Media
Sophie successfully pitched story ideas for Hallam FM Radio station.
- Jun 2012: Researcher, BBC Three documentary on youth unemployment
- Jan – Mar 2012: Researcher for ITV Tonight and ITV national news
Sophie was commissioned to investigate a variety of social affairs issues
- Nov – Dec 2011: Researcher for BBC Two documentary on Immigration
- Oct 2011: Researcher for BBC Three show – The Real Hustler
- Aug– Oct 2011: Researcher for Channel 4 News
After completing work experience on the foreign affairs desk, Sophie was commissioned to work on her own story ideas which included an exclusive on male slavery which made top news.
- Jul 2011 – Sep 2012: Reporter, Star Business Monthly (work exp.)
- Jan 2010 – May 2014: Founder & Editor of Verita Magazine
Sophie started a human rights blog whilst at university. This developed into a media project, funded by the O2 Think Big charity, in order to help the website grow.
- Aug 2011: Guest Editor, IdeasMag (work exp.)
Sophie won the opportunity to edit the magazine for arts charity ideastap.com.
- Nov 2009-2011: Digital reporter, Sheffield Star Newspaper (work exp.)
- Nov 2010-2011: Broadcast Assistant, BBC Radio Sheffield
- Sep 2009 – 2010: Broadcast Assistant, BBC Radio Manchester
- Jan-Jul 2009: PR & Social Marketing Account Manager, diva Creative
Sophie helped to create a variety of national health campaigns and initiatives.
- Sep – Dec 2008: English teacher, Naples Italy
Taught English to pupils aged 3-18-years, many with special needs, at La Fabbrica del Divertimento, through dance, arts and media technologies.
- Sept 2012-Jun 2013: University of Salford, PgDip in Journalism/ NCTJ diploma (level 3), funded by NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund.
- Sept 2006 – Jun 2011: University of Manchester, BA Social Sciences & Philosophy with Italian.
- Sept 1999 – Jun 2006: King Edward VII School and Sixth Form, Sheffield,
13 GCSEs and 5 A-levels (Languages, Ethics & arts) plus an English award.