Graduate’s pet project is now in business

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The front cover of the new magazine

A JMU Journalism graduate has fulfilled a lifelong dream by launching a new magazine that’s all about pets. 

Angela Brooks, who graduated with a journalism degree from LJMU in 2011, has launched ‘Life With Pets’, a new magazine focussing on pet welfare, animal rescue and responsible ownership.

Revealing her inspiration behind the project, Angela told JMU Journalism: “It has always been a dream of mine to create a magazine for pet owners, where they can share their pet photos and stories as well as interact with other pet people.”

“I feel very passionately about adopting from rescue centres as they are overflowing with amazing animals that are looking for their forever home. My mission is to raise awareness of this.”

The publication is set to be reader focused with photo galleries, pet problems, real life stories and letters. They will also include sections of friendly expert advice, celebrity interviews and competitions.

Angela said that the magazine has already had lots of pre-orders from all over the world including the US and Canada.

She said: “I am overwhelmed by the amazing response we have had, it has been brilliant. We have a small but passionate team working on the magazine and we can’t wait to hear what people think!”

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Angela Brooks left LJMU in 2011

The team will be heading to the Pet Expo in Kent on the 25th October as well as attending the ‘Paws at Bingley’ in Staffordshire this weekend to meet some of their readers.

Angela’s journalism lecturer and personal tutor LJMU, Kate Heathman, said she was glad to see her former student doing so well.

“Angela was always a great writer who obviously had a great future ahead of her in journalism,” she said.

“But she was an animal lover with a passion for animal stories. I’m delighted she turned her passion into a successful business idea.”

Angela also spoke about her time at LJMU and said she would not be where she is today without the help of her lecturers.

“The lecturers have been a constant support, even though I left years ago, and have become more like mentors.

“Their dedication to their students is second to none and if I had to do it all again I would definitely pick LJMU Journalism.”

The first issue of ‘Life With Pets’ can be ordered online now  and you can follow the magazine on Facebook and Twitter.

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