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Quite Simply A Huge List Of Journalists Outside London You Should Know About

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All too often we hear people talking about how being in journalism means uprooting to London. Indeed, NCTJ research shows that two thirds of reporters are employed in the capital or the South-East.

However, the idea that London is the only place where good journalism happens couldn’t be more wrong. Take a look into any corner of the UK and you’ll find amazing stories being put together by incredibly talented reporters.

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Not ones to shy away from proving a point, we’ve put together 99 amazing journalists from all corners of the UK and Ireland. Really wasn’t that hard, guys.

Want to search quickly by region? Here’s a breakdown:

Ireland & Northern Ireland

1. Davide Abbatescianni

Davide works as a foreign correspondent for the EU-funded film magazine Cineuropa. He regularly covers Irish and European cinemas with news, reviews, interviews, and festival reports.

He is also a PhD Excellence Scholar in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork and is active as a director and assistant director.

Twitter: @dabbatescianni | Contact: davideabbatescianni@gmail.com

Amy Molloy being presented with one of her many awards… Image Credit: Independent.ie

2. Amy Molloy

Amy is the public affairs correspondent for Independent.ie, and was awarded Young Journalist of the Year 2018 at the NNI awards and joint winner of Upcoming Business Journalist of the Year at the Smurfit Business Awards 2018.

Her investigations include looking into bad practice from landlords and other housing issues.

Twitter: @AmyMolloyIndo | Contact: amolloy@independent.ie

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3. Kathryn Torney

Kathryn is the editor of The Detail and Below The Radar TV, and is based in Belfast. The two outlets focus on investigative news and analysis of public interest stories.

She has a strong interest in data journalism, FOIs, education, and social affairs and was previously shortlisted at the International Data Journalism Awards. She also won Campaign of the Year and Specialist Journalist of the the at the NI Media Awards.

Twitter: @Kath_TheDetail | Contact: ktorney@thedetail.tv

Zainab Boladale was the presenter of RTÉs news2day Image Credit: Screenshot

4. Zainab Boladale

Zainab was the presenter of RTÉ’s news2day programme for two years, and was the first Afro-Irish presenter to join the network. She was named journalist of the year at the DCU Hybrid Awards 2017, and was also nominated for U Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Awards.

She is also the co-creator of Beyond Representation, an event championing women of colour breaking ground in the Irish media, arts and business.

Twitter: @ZainabBoladale | Contact: zainab.boladale14@gmail.com

5. Columba O’Hare

Columba is the founder and editor of Newry.ie, a hyperlocal journalism website based in Newry that aims to raise awareness of the community, people and businesses.

In 2019 the site was awarded a £5,000 grant to launch their Diverse Cities project to celebrate and promote the city’s growing ethnic minority population.

Twitter: @Newryie | Contact: news@newry.ie

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6. Caitlin McBride

Caitlin is the Executive Editor of Independent.ie where she manages their Style brand and focuses on digital. In the past she’s interviewed a diverse range of people from Cherie Blair and Bono to Olivia Palermo and Zendaya.

Her book, The Day That Changed My Life, started as a feature on the Independent.ie website, with profiles of four influential women. It inspired her to find dozens more tales from women across the country.

Twitter: @mcbride_caitlin | Contact: cmcbride@independent.ie

The Diverse City project champions the diversity in the town. (Image Credit: Screenshot)

7. Michael Avila

Michael is a Belfast-based travel journalist whose work focuses on current affairs, travel and social issues, with the aim of bringing people together.

He currently writes for the Northern Roots series on Northern Slant, looking at the lives of Northern Irish people who have since moved elsewhere around the globe.

Twitter: @AvilaMedia | Contact: www.avilamedia.org

8. Ola Majekodunmi

Ola is a 22-year-old Irish MA student and is also a music presenter for Raidió na Life 106.4FM. She has also written for TheJournal.ie and gal-dem magazine. She has recently been shortlisted for the Young Star of the Year Award.

In 2018, she put together a short film What Does ‘Irishness’ Look Like‘ interviewing 15 Irish people who often found their identity questioned – it was viewed more than 31,000 times.

Twitter: @olamajekodunmi1 | Instagram: @w.majeck

Barbara George has appeared on programmes such as Republic of Telly, Electric Picnic (Image Credit: Twitter)

9. Barbara George

Barbara is a journalism graduate and broadcaster who has appeared on programmes such as Republic of Telly, Electric Picnic, #trending and Elev8.

She has also written digital and showbiz content for The Sun News, and was previously a winner of the inner of RTÉ TWO New Voices Award.

Twitter: @Barbara__George | Instagram: @Barbara__George

10. Christine Bohan

Christine is the Deputy Editor of theJournal.ie, leading the site from a breaking news outlet to a more in-depth platform which also adds context with podcasts, newsletters and social media.

She is also an alumni of Poynter’s Digital Women Leaders scheme.

Twitter: @ChristineBohan | Contact: christine@thejournal.ie

Caitlin’s book The Day That Changed My Life is out in October. (Image Credit: Caitlin McBride)

11. Leona O’Neill

Leona is a freelance journalist working across the Belfast Telegraph, BBC News, Q News, Al Jazeera and The Irish News.

She reports first hand across the country, from the frontlines of riots and unrest, as well as on the communities within Northern Ireland.

She has also written about the death of Lyra McKee earlier this year, where she was also reporting that evening.

Twitter: @LeonaONeill1 | Contact: leonaoneillnews@gmail.com

12. Rodney Edwards

Rodney is a journalist and the deputy editor of The Impartial Reporter, based in Enniskillen. His work currently focusses on exposing alleged child sex abuse within the Orange Order.

He was previously named Northern Ireland Weekly Journalist of the Year, and has written a book, Sure, Why Would Ye Not?

Twitter: @RodneyEdwards | Contact: redwards@impartialreporter.com

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13. Margaret Canning

Margaret is the Business Editor for Belfast Telegraph, a beat she’s covered for the last five years.

Her work deals with everything from housing to job losses and Brexit.

Twitter: @MargaretCan | Contact: mcanning@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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14. Heidi Scrimgeour

Heidi is a freelance journalist based in Ballycastle and has written for The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Express and the Guardian. She is also the baby gear editor for Mother & Baby.

She also runs Muse Flash, a training consultancy that helps freelance journalists to up their pitching game, and is the co-founder of Boundary Brewing, Belfast’s first craft beer co-operative

Twitter: @heidiscrim | Contact: heidi@giftofthegab.net

Wales

15. Rachel England

Rachel is a freelance journalist, editor and copywriter with more than 11 years of experience, who is now based in Cardiff.

She cut previously worked in entertainment journalism before moving into the sustainability sector and has written for outlets including BuzzFeed, Positive News, and The Guardian. Her specialisms include the environment, tech, lifestyle, personal finance – and wine.

Twitter: @Rachel_England | Contact: rachel@rachelengland.co.uk

16. Shirish Kulkarni

Shirish is a producer and investigative journalist based in Wales, with more than 20 years experience.

He has recently been funded by Clwstwr to look into modular storytelling, and is also one of two Community Organisers for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He also won a Wales Media Award earlier in 2019.

Twitter: @ShirishMM | Contact: shirishkulkarni@tbij.com

Aamir Mohammed was recently named regional young journalist of the year. (Image Credit: Twitter)

17. Aamir Mohammed

Aamir is a reporter for WalesOnline and based in Cardiff. He covers a huge range of stories from Cardiff’s drug scene to the dark web.

In 2019 he was award Young Journalist of the Year at the Society of Editor’s Regional Awards, with judges commenting on his “extraordinary” story of a Welsh girl abducted as a baby to Yemen.

Twitter @aamircdf | Contact: aamir.mohammed@walesonline.co.uk

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18. Deborah Aru

Deborah Aru is a data journalist based in Cardiff, where she works for the Reach Data Unit. She focuses on social issues, migration, labour issues, human rights and social movements.

Her data-driven pieces appear in Reach publications across the UK, from Devon to Birmingham and beyond.

Twitter: @Deb_Aru | Portfolio: MuckRack

19. Amy Davies

Amy is a freelance photographer and journalist, as well as acting as the features editor at Amateur Photographer. Her work has also appeared in Wales Business Insider, SFX, LoveMoney, Real Travel and more.

She previously won a CIPR Gold Award for best design and photography, and her self-funded Cardiff Arcades Project was featured in the Guardian, as well as on TV and radio.

Twitter: @AmyDavies | Contact: hello@amydavies.com

Amy Davies previously worked for Future in Bath. (Image Credit: Screenshot)

20. Katie Sands

Katie Sands is a sports correspondent and senior multimedia report for Wales Online. At the 2018 Wales Media Awards she took home Digital Journalist of the Year, Young Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year.

Judges highlighted her extensive original journalism, both within sport and her coverage of the 1966 Aberfan disaster.

Twiter: @KESands | Contact: katie.sands@walesonline.co.uk

21. Rachel Flint

Rachel is a reporter for BBC Wales News, who previously worked for The Daily Post. In 2018 she was named the Welsh Political Journalist of the Year, and was previously awarded Trinity Mirror’s Young Journalist of the Year Award, as well as the O2 Media Awards Weekly Journalist of the Year.

Her work mainly focuses on local government and access to democracy issues.

Twitter: @RSLFlint | Contact: rachel.flint@bbc.co.uk

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22. Lydia Morris

Lydia is a news reporter across North Wales Daily Post and North Wales Live, and the winner of the Wales Media Awards Young Journalist of the Year 2019.

Her work spans across both hard news and lighter features, with judges describing her as ‘tenacious, engaged and talented”.

Twitter: @DPWLydia | Contact: lydia.morris@reachplc.com

23. Ben Black

Ben is a former reporter for the South Wales Argus, who has now set up his own hyperlocal news website, Cwmbran Life, which aims to tell the stories of the people, places and events that make up the town.

As well as showcasing community news, Ben also publishes original features and videos on the site.

Twitter: @BenBlack | Contact: ben@cwmbranlife.co.uk

24. Nathan Blake

Previously a Cardiff City player, Nathan has now become a respected football pundit, and is still based in Wales.

He now writes a regular weekly column, Blakey’s Bootroom for WalesOnline, and also writes a Bluebirds column for the South Wales Echo.

25. Rachael Phillips

Rachael is a freelance journalist and consultant from Newport who writes about lifestyle, travel, business and digital life.

She also works as content consultant and advices on everything from SEO and social media to PR.

Twitter: @rachaelphilips | Contact: rachaelphillips@me.com

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26. Meryl Cubley

Meryl is a freelance journalist and editor based in Cardiff. She specialises in women’s issues, lifestyle and health.

She is also the news editor of TasteBlas, a magazine dedicated to Welsh food and drink.

Twitter: @merylcubley | Contact: merylcubley@hotmail.com

27. Josie Le Vay

Josie is a reporter at the Powys County Times, where she covers Welshpool and Llandrindod Wells.

She writes on everything from football to politics, and has also recently appeared on Sky News.

Twitter: @JosieLeVayCT | Contact: josie.levay@newsquest.co.uk

Scotland

28. Raisah Ahmed

Raisah Ahmed is a writer and director based in Glasgow, whose feature films have appeared on the BBC, as well as in collaboration with Film4.

Her films have also been shortlisted for the Sundance Writers Lab.

Twitter: Raisah Ahmed | Portfolio: www.raisahahmed.com

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29. Conor Matchett

Previously of the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk, Conor has recently moved to Edinburgh to work as a reporter for The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News.

He works primarily across news and sport, earlier this year revealing the multi-millionaires who benefit from the city’s AirBnB boom.

He was also previously the chair of the Student Publication Association.

Twitter: @Conor_Matchett | Contact: conor.matchett@jpimedia.co.uk

30. Tasnim Nazeer 

Tasnim is an award-winning journalist, author and writer who is based in Scotland. Her work has been featured on HuffPost, Aljazeera, The Guardian, and BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.

She is also a previous winner of the Rising Stars in Media Award, as well as the Muslim News Awards.

Twitter: @TasnimNazeer1 | Contact: info@tasnimnazeer.com

Tasnim at the BBC Studios. (Image Credit: Tasnim Nazeer)

31. Carla Jenkins

Carla Jenkins is the 2019 winner of the Scottish Press Awards Young Journalist Award, and a Facebook Community Reporter for the Herald and Evening Times in Glasgow.

She focuses on youth stories, style, music and human interest. She also edits the Big Birds Collective, which aims to cover art without discrimination.

Twitter: @caarlaajenkins | Contact: carla.jenkins@newsquest.co.uk

32. Aimee Stanton

Aimee Stanton is a data reporter based in Edinburgh for JPI Media, where she focuses on data and investigations.

She has also written for a diverse range of titles including Broadly, The Debrief, The Scotsman, The Daily Record, and Time Out.

Twitter: @AimeeStanton4 | Contact: aimee.stanton@jpimedia.co.uk

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33. Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards is a freelance journalist in Edinburgh who specialises in environmental issues. He is also a journalist director and chair of investigative news website, The Ferret.

He previously worked at the environment editor of the Sunday Herald and as a correspondent for The Guardian – and has a penchant for FOIs.

Twitter: @RobEdwards53 | Contact: rob.edwards@blueyonder.co.uk

34. Rachel Hamada 

Rachel is one of the co-founders of The Ferret. Her work focuses on social justice and human rights. She is also a community manager for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

She has previously worked for Holyrood magazine as assistant editor and for the Economist Group and Scotsman Publications, as well as This is Africa.

Twitter: @RachelHamada | Contact: rachelhamada@gmail.com

Shola works for BBC’s The Social and presents her own radio show, Roots.

35. Shola da Rocha-Afodu

Shola is a content creator for BBC The Social and her videos focus on the everyday issues facing people of colour in Scotland, as well as her experiences as a new parent.

She also produces and presents her own radio show, Roots, on Sunny Govan Community Radio Station.

Twitter: @shola_mcafro | Videos: The Social

36. Arusa Qureshi

Arusa is the Editor of The List, after starting out as an intern for the site three years ago, and she mostly writes about music, and diversity and accessibility within arts and culture.

She was previously named Postgraduate Student of the Year in the Scottish Magazine Awards, as well as winning the features category of the Allen Wright Award for Arts Journalists Under 30.

Twitter: @arusaqureshi | LinkedIn: Arusa Qureshi

37. Vonny LeClerc

Vonny is a multimedia journalist for BBC Scotland, where she also works on The Nine. She is also a freelance presenter.

She also previously wrote a weekly column for The National, and her work has been published in The Guardian, The Spectator, Bella Caledonia

Twitter: @vonny_bravo | Instagram: @vonvonvonvons

Vonny LeClerc has been featured in numerous national outlets. (Image Credit: Instagram)

38. Tony Inglis

Tony is based in Glasgow and works on editorial for INSP, an association which supports more than 100 street papers across the globe.

He also writes music and culture stories for The Skinny, as well as appearing on LP Radio.

Twitter: @TonyInglis1 | Contact: tonyinglis7@gmail.com

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39. Holly McCormack

Holly is a journalist for the Glasgow Sloth, which produces ‘slow journalism for a fast city’.

To date, her work has focused on social issues and the enterprising projects which can address inequality in the city.

Twitter: @Hollz2012 | Contact: holly.mccormack@theglasgowsloth.com

40. Dr Jennifer Jones

Dr Jennifer is an award-winning journalist who focuses on citizen journalism. She is based in Glasgow.

She is the co-organiser of hacks/hackers Scotland and regular speaks at events and runs workshops on digital storytelling for good.

Twitter: @jennifermjones | Contact: hello@jennifermjones.net

41. Lou Ramsay

Lou is a magazine journalist at DC Thompson, and previously worked at The National as a freelance sub-editor. She has a background in social and current affairs and has recently investigated abortion in Northern Ireland, Glasgow’s HIV outbreak and homelessness in Scotland.

She also runs an occasional newsletter #TheSundayCatchUp which is filled with news, pop culture and long-reads.

Twitter: @LouiseRamsay_ | Contact: lramsay@dctmedia.co.uk

42. Caitlyn Dewar

Caitlin is a multimedia news journalist for The Edinburgh Evening News, where she focuses on food and drink content.

In her spare time she is completing an MSc, where her thesis focuses on the relationship between PR Professionals and Journalists in Scotland.

Twitter: @CaitlynDewar | Contact: caitlyn.dewar@jpimedia.co.uk

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43. Kiera Brown

Kiera works on her own website, The Fountain, alongside her job as a photo printer.

The site focuses on cultural reviews from a Scottish perspective. She also co-produces Paisley Book Festival.

Twitter: @DowntownKeiraB |  Contact: keira@thefountain.eu

44. Rhona Shennan

Rhona is based in Edinburgh and works as a digital journalist and filmmaker. Her documentary, A Familiar Face, explores the lack of representation of queer women on screen.

Outside of this she works for JPI Media, contributing to the likes of the i Paper, The Scotsman and more.

Twitter: @shennanigans__ | Contact: rhona.shenna@jpimedia.co.uk

45. Catherine Renton

Catherine is a freelance writer based in Edinburgh who contributes to a range of the UK press such as Metro.co.uk, Cosmopolitian, Grazia and Refinery29.

She also writes culture reviews and pieces for The Wee Review.

Twitter: @rentswrites | Portfolio: MuckRack

46. Duncan Lindsay

Duncan is the soaps editor of Metro.co.uk, as well as the assistant communities editor. He relocated to Scotland earlier this year.

He focuses on all of the major UK soaps, covering their plot lines, themes and actors.

Twitter: @DuncanLindsay | Contact: Duncan.Lindsay@metro.co.uk

47. Raj Gill

Raj is a freelance journalist and focuses on travel and culture. She previously worked at The Sunday Times, where she produced a six-part series One Thousand Makers of Music.

She has been published in Elite Traveler Magazine, Suitcase Magazine, Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Herald, and more.

Twitter: @RajGillJourno | Contact: gillmediaintl@gmail.com

South & East England

48. Sarah Griffiths

Sarah is a freelance science, tech and lifestyle journalist based in Truro, Cornwall.

She is predominantly features-focused and writes for BBC Future, Medium, national newspapers, consumer magazines and websites such as T3, Wired, and Mashable, as well as specialist publications.

She also occasionally works as a communications consultant.

Twitter: @SarahCGriffiths | Contact: sarah.griffiths.freelance@gmail.com

49. Laura Garcia

Laura Garcia is a lecturer at the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism, where she also works for KMTV, Kent’s only dedicated news channel. She also works with fact-checking organisation First Draft News.

In 2019 she was the joint winner of the Georgina Henry Award, for her work founding Press Pad, an initiative to help diversify the media by providing accommodation to interns.

Twitter: @lauragrb | Contact: laura.garciarb@gmail.com

50. Jessica Frank-Keyes

Jessica is a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News and is especially interested in hearing from people with stories about inequality, social issues and mental health.

She was also shortlisted for the NCTJ Apprentice of the Year in 2018.

Twitter: @JessicaFKeyes | Contact: jessica.frank-keyes@archant.co.uk

Laura Garcia at KMTV (Image Credit: Laura Garcia)

51. John Maslen

John is a freelance journalist based in Peterborough specialising in business motoring and related services.

He is a former editor of Fleet News and current editor of Asset Finance International.

Twitter: @editssup | Contact: johnmaslen@assetfinanceinternational.com

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52. Francesca Baker

Francesca is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in Kent and has experience ranging from arts to AI, health to holidays, literature to lifestyle.

She’s written for publications including TNT, The Establishment, State of the Arts, Le Cool and Mature Times, and also runs creative writing workshops, which you can book here.

Twitter: @andsoshethinks | Contact: fbaker@live.co.uk

53. Michelle Thomas

Michelle is a Welsh journalist and author who is now based in Bristol. Her journalism has featured on BBC Cymru, Shortlist, and Channel 4 amongst others.

Her book, My Shit Therapist, was released in June.

Twitter: @MichelleTomos | Contact: michelle@healthyhappyhot.uk

54. Rachael Krishna

Rachael is based in Bath and is a writer for independent news-checking charity, FullFact.

Previously, she was a reporter for BuzzFeed UK. Her work focuses on Generation Z and the internet.

Twitter: @RachaelKrishna | Instagram: @RachaelKrish

Hattie Gladwell’s website The Breakdown launched earlier this year.

55. Hattie Gladwell

Hattie is based in Crawley and recently crowdfunded the launch of her own website, The Breakdown, which focuses on mental health.

She has also written extensively for publications including The Overtake, Metro.co.uk, Cosmopolitan and more.

Twitter: @HattieGladwell | Contact: hattie@the-breakdown.co.uk

56. Punteha van Terheyden

Punteha is based in Hemel and is soon to launch her own news platform, Lacuna Voices, which aims to represent real people’s voices, as well as pay journalists fairly.

Her work focuses on true-life and has been seen in The Daily Mail, Fabulous, The Sun, That’s Life and more.

Twitter: @vt_Features | Contact: Punteha@lacunavoices.com

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57. Beth Ashley

Beth is based in Hampshire and is a freelance writer with bylines at HuffPost UK, Metro.co.uk and The Nopebook. She is also the sex and relationships columnist at Restless Magazine.

She writes about feminism, lifestyle, mental health and more.

Twitter: @bethmayashley | Contact: beth.ash_97@hotmail.co.uk

58. Amy Hall

Amy is a journalist based in Brighton covering land, housing, the environment, race, and the solidarity economy.

As well as writing freelance for various national outlets she is the co-editor of Red Pepper Magazine, and a co-founder of the Race Beat, a new network for people of colour in the media.

Twitter: @amyrhall | Contact: amy.hall@live.co.uk

59. Matty Edwards

Matty is a reporter for The Bristol Cable, a media co-operative in Bristol. His work focuses on social issues from schools and hospitals to addiction and housing.

He has previously written for the i, The Independent and the Guardian.

Twitter: @MattyEdwards23 | Contact:

60. Sammy Jones

Sammy is the written content editor of Rife Magazine, a platform for young people in Bristol. She also recently co-edited their book of the same name.

She also is the Welsh events writer for The Metro, and her work has also been seen in Time Out, The Face and others.

Twitter: @SammyXJones | Contact: sjjones91@gmail.com

61. Dion Hesson

Dion is a multimedia journalist for BBC Inside Out West in Bristol, working closely with diverse communities to make content for the website and social media.

He has also previously written for Crack Magazine and is a John Schofield Trust Mentee.

Twitter: @diontweetz | Contact: dion.hesson@bbc.co.uk

62. Hollie-Ann Brooks

Hollie is a freelance journalist and disability rights campaigner, based in Wivenhoe, Essex. Her work has appeared in Grazia, Red and The Independent.

She is also a host and producer of Night Air on Colne Radio.

Twitter: @HollieAnnB | LinkedIn: HolBrooks

63. Fiona Potigny

Fiona is the news editor for the Bailiwick Express and Connect, both based on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

She focuses on news which affects the Channel Islands. She occasionally appears on Bailiwick Radio.

Twitter: @fionapotigny | LinkedIn: @fionapotigny

64. Carly-May Kavanagh

Carly-May is a reporter for the Mid-Sussex Times in Brighton where she writes local news, features and lifestyle content. She also runs a spotlight series to highlight the work of local charities.

Her work has also featured in NME, The Independent and Beauty Markdown.

Twitter: @CM_Kavanagh

Northern England

65. Iqra Choudhry

Iqra Choudhry is a freelance journalist and PhD candidate living in Manchester. She is the co-host and producer of the podcast Brown Girls Do It, which explores issues faced by women and non-binary people of colour, highlighting voices outside London.

She has also written extensively about LGBT+ issues, her experiences of grief and loss, mental health with her work appearing in The Overtake, DIVA and The Independent.

Twitter: @iqrathebookworm | Contact: iqraasgharchoudhry@gmail.com
66. Daz Skubich

Daz is a student, LGBTQ+ activist, and freelance journalist. They’re non-binary and bisexual, and are currently a content writer for Her Campus in Manchester, specialising in student politics and LGBTQ+ issues.

They’ve also been writing for YouTube magazine TenEighty since 2016, and produce their own work on Medium and YouTube. They have also written for The Guardian.

Twitter: @paleghosty Contact: daria.skubich@outlook.com

67. Christine Ochefu

Christine is a freelance writer based in Liverpool who focuses on pop-culture and the media. To date, her works have been published by VICE, gal-dem, Black Ballad, and more.

She also works across social media and copywriting.
Twitter: @noirchristine | Contact: christineochefu@gmail.com

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68. Rachel Spencer

Rachel Spencer writes features, real life, and investigations for national newspapers and magazines such as Sun, Closer, Daily Star, Sunday Express, Daily Mail, and BuzzFeed. She is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Her main area of interest is the pet industry – she blogs about this at www.thepawpost.co.uk as well as coaching pet businesses on PR.

Twitter: @rachelspenceruk | Contact: rachel@rachelspencerwrites.com

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69. Ruby Kitchen
Ruby is the education correspondent for the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post, and was previously an investigations reporter at the Harrogate Advertiser.

This year she was shortlisted by the Society of Editor’s Regional Journalism Awards for features and long-form storytelling. Her previous work includes exclusive reports on NHS patients sent 60 miles to get a bed.

Twitter: @ReporterRuby | Contact: ruby.kitchen@ypn.co.uk

70. Emilia Bona

Emilia is a Senior Reporter for the Liverpool Echo. She covers breaking news, long-read and investigative stories across Merseyside.

She was also the co-presenter of Queer Liverpool, a weekly podcasting focusing on queer culture in Merseyside.

Twitter: @emiliabonaecho | Contact: emilia.bona@trinitymirror.com

71. Faye White

Faye is a journalist based in Leeds, and is currently on the Channel 4 Dispatches Team. She has also previously worked with The Andrew Marr Show, The Daily Mail and BBC Radio 4.

She also presents and produces the Hear Her Out Podcast, which tells real stories from millennial women.

Twitter: @fayecwhite |  Contact: fwhite1492@gmail.com

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72. Saskia Murphy

Saskia is a freelance journalist based in Manchester, who also writes a fortnightly column for the Big Issue North.

She’s written for almost every outlet you can think of, including The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Daily Mail, The Times and magazines such as Closer, Take a Break, and Woman’s Own.

Twitter: @SaskiaMurphy | Contact: saskiamurphy91@gmail.com

73. Robyn Vinter

Robyn is the founder and editor of The Overtake, a news website based in Leeds which focuses on long-reads for a millennial audience.

In the last few years she has been shortlisted for the Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism.

Twitter: @RobynVinter | Contact: robyn.vinter@theovertake.com

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74. Juliette Bretan

Juliette is based in Lincolnshire and works as a journalist for Culture.pl. She also works freelance, specialising in Polish and Eastern European culture and its international roots, particularly looking at local level developments.

Juliette has covered Polish wartime emigration to rural Lincolnshire, and has also written on Polish music, including contributing to the BBC World Service on Polish interwar recording company Syrena Electro.

She has been published in the Independent, CityMetric, PolandToday, LincolnshireLive, Horncastle News and others. She has also lectured on Polish tango and its journey to the UK, as well as her own Polish roots.

Twitter: @JCBretan | Contact: jcbretan@gmail.com

75. Chris Stokel-Walker

Chris writes features, news and technology stories for a number of publications, including The Economist, The Sunday Times, WIRED, The Observer and many others.

Based in Newcastle, he regularly appears on radio, television and podcasts. His first book, YouTubers, was published in May 2019.

Twitter: @stokel | Contact: stokel@gmail.com

76. Aasma Day

Aasma is the North of England Correspondent for HuffPostUK, formerly leading Johnston Press’ Investigations Unit.

Her investigations include sitting beside one NHS bed for a week during winter.

Twitter: @AasmaDay | Contact: aasma.day@huffpost.com

Aasma Day receiving an O2 Media Award.

77. Nicole Morley

Nicole is a digital journalist, editor and content creator with over five years of experience working in the national press.

Now she’s based in Newcastle as the digital content editor for Trinity Mirror/Reach’s North East titles, working on the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun. Get in touch with her with your stories

Twitter: @NicoleMoreleyPet | Contact: Nicole.Morley@trinitymirror.com

78. Kitty Wenham

Kitty is a freelance journalist based in Yorkshire, who specialises in social justice issues. She is particularly interested in covering women’s health, mental illness, domestic abuse and trauma.

She is also experienced in writing about the arts, specifically dance, ballet, and female-led theatre and literature.

She has written for both national and international publications over the past five years, including The Independent, Foreign Policy, Bustle, Broadly, Dazed, The LA Review of Books, and more.

Twitter: @KittyWenham | Contact: kittymichellewenham@gmail.com

79. Esther Beadle

Esther is a freelancer based in Newcastle, and previously worked for The Oxford Mail and the Evening Express.

She now works for Metro Weekend, We Are Our Media and teaches journalism at Newcastle University, and specialises in mental health, and writes about life with borderline personality disorder on her website.

Twitter: @EstherBeadle | Contact: estherbeadle@gmail.com

Holly Peacock-Goodwin is based in Durham.

80. Holly Peacock-Goodwin

Holly is a freelancer writer and digital strategist who has written for The Telegraph, Grazia, The Huffington Post, The Debrief and more.

Based in Durham, she also works as a digital strategist and regularly appears on panels and events.

Twitter: @HollyAlexandraP | Contact: hollyapeacock@hotmail.co.uk

81. Wing See Li

Wing is a freelance journalist based in Manchester who writes about gaming and film.

Her bylines include Switch Player Magazine, Fusion Game Magazine, CC Magazine and Film Stories Pod
Twitter: @xflowerstarx | LinkedIn: Wing See Li

82. Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball has been a journalist for more than 17 years, mainly on regional dailies, and is now a freelancer. She works regularly for Mother and Baby magazine and has been published in The Sunday Mirror, The Independent, Top Sante and Closer Online.

She also specialises in writing about parenting as she has four children and believes in the mantra: ‘Write what you know.’

Twitter: @catcopywriting | Contact: catherineballcopy@outlook.com

83. Daniel Raza

Daniel Raza is a researcher for BBC Sport and is based in Salford in Manchester. He has also previously presented for Aston Villa outlet 7500 to Holte, as well as British Muslim TV.

He has also self-produced a number of documentaries, such as on the contribution of Indian Soldiers in World Wars One and Two.

Twitter: @DanielRaza | LinkedIn: Daniel Raza

Daniel Raza in one of his documentaries. (Image Credit: Daniel Raza)

84. Tom Percival

Tom is the Social Editor at the LADBible Group in Manchester, where is responsible for their social media content, as well as writing entertainment stories.

He is also a weekly film critic on BBC Radio Manchester, reviewing the latest releases and news.

Twitter: @twpercival1

85. Ethan Shone

Ethan is the Chief Reporter for The Overtake and is based in Leeds. His reports span a wide range of topics such as environmental crimes and hospitals.

He is also responsible for commissioning other writers for The Overtake.

Twitter: @EJShone93 | Contact: ethan.shone@theovertake.com

86. Jennifer Williams

Jennifer is the politics and investigations editor for the Manchester Evening News, and is responsible for several hard-hitting investigations into housing, homelessness and more.

She also runs a weekly newsletter about Manchester and was recently nominated for an Orwell Prize.

Twitter: @JenWilliamsMEN | Contact: jennier.williams@reachplc.com

The Midlands

87. Rakeem Omar

Rakeem is a presenter, investigative journalist, and filmmaker, based in Birmingham. Currently, he works as a presenter at BBC West Midlands, as well as being a community reporter at Birmingham Live.

He also has a Channel 4 Investigative Journalism MA.

Twitter: @RakeemOmar | Contact: contactrakeemomar@gmail.com

88. Roz Laws

Roz is a freelance journalist based in Birmingham. She has worked for Birmingham Post and Mail for more than 25 years and written articles in publications such as The Radio Times.

She specialises in TV, theatre, and entertainment.

Twitter: @rozlaws | Contact: rozlaws12@gmail.com

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89. Umar Hassan

Umar is a freelance journalist who specialises in sports, data and local news, and is passionate about producing news which reflects life outside of London.

His work has been featured on Mirror Sport, Express.co.uk, The Irish World, The Overtake, and Computer Business Review.

Twitter: @UmarHassan96 | Contact: umarhassanmedia@gmail.com.

Umar interviewing Jim Rosenthal.

89. Hannah Price

Hannah is an Editorial Assistant for BBC Three and is based in Birmingham, where she writes original features.

Previously, she had more than three years’ experience as a freelance journalist, writing for publications including The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Telegraph, Refinery 29 and Metro.co.uk.

Twitter: @HanHanPrice | Contact: Hannah.Price@bbc.co.uk

90. Pete Sherlock

Pete is the Assistant Editor of the BBC Shared Data Unit, which is based in Birmingham and examines dozens of datasets in conjunction with a wider network of local reporters.

He passionately believes in the use of data journalism to hold power to account and keep citizens informed –  as well as being pretty fun, too.

Twitter: @PeteSherlock79 | Contact: peter.sherlock@bbc.co.uk

91. Jenna Farmer

Jenna is a freelance writer and blogger who specialises in health, money and freelance life.

She has written for IndyBest, Top Sante, Hostel World, Happiful and others, as well as regularly updating her blog A Balanced Belly.

Twitter: @JennaFarmerUK | Content: jfarmer@abalancedbelly.co.uk

92. Becky Weaver

Becky is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, and focuses on lifestyle, culture, entertainment, music, food and drink, and travel.

Her bylines include the Birmingham Mail, Liverpool Echo, Coventry Telegraph, Native Monster, and Style Birmingham.

Twitter: @Becky2293 | Contact: becky93weaver@hotmail.co.uk

Jenna runs her own blog A Balanced Belly. (Image Credit: Twitter)

93. Shehnaz Khan

Shehnaz Khan is a freelance journalist based in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

She is currently a radio presenter at Fresh, and also has bylines at publications including Yahoo, The Independent, Metro.co.uk, Marie Claire and Grazia.

Twitter: @shehnazkhan | Contact: shehnazmkhan@gmail.com

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94. Lauren Brown

Lauren is the news editor of Cambridgeshire Live, as well as freelancing for other publications.

She has previously written for Index on Censorship, People Management and Women’s Health.

Twitter: @LaurenRBrown95 | Contact: Laurenrbrown95@gmail.com

95. Sonya Barlow

Sonya is the founder of Like Minded Females, a community and diversity initiative on Instagram, online and in real-life, which she has spoken extensively about, including at TEDx Talks.

She has also written for various outlets including Metro.co.uk.

Twitter: @SonyaBarlowUK | Website: Like Minded Females

Shehnaz Khan is a writer and radio presenter. (Image Credit: Shehnaz Khan)

96. Kate Chapman

Kate is a columnist for Lincolnshire Life, and focuses on rural and countryside life, as well as celebrity interviews, true-life and parenting.

Her work has appeared at publications including Woman’s Weekly, Sunday Express, Daily Mail, Sunday People, The Sun, Real People, Take A Break, and Chat.

Twitter: @_KateChapman | Contact: kate@kate-chapman.co.uk

97. Kirsty Bosley

Kirsty is a freelance journalist based in Birmingham, whose work spans features, travel, food and drink, and celebrity interviews.

She has a host of bylines across the country, including the Hull Daily Mail, The Wolverhampton Express and Star, and Wales Online.

Twitter: @Bozzers | Contact: kirsty.bosley@hotmail.co.uk

98. Philip Ellis

Philip is a freelance writer based in Birmingham with bylines in The Independent, MTV, Men’s Health and i-D, to name but a few.

He specialises in tech, pop culture, media and LGBT+ issues. He also offers consultation and content creation for digital agencies.

Twitter: @Philip_Ellis | Contact: philip@freelancephilip.co.uk

99. Daniel Wainwright

Daniel Wainwright is a data journalist at the BBC England Data Unit, based in Birmingham. Prior to that, he worked as a digital data broadcast journalist at the BBC, and previously was at the Express and Star.

An expert in data journalism, he also contributes to the BBC Academy and gives talks on the subject.

Twitter: @danwainwright | Contact: daniel.wainwright@bbc.co.uk

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