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The UK’s top public sector and social affairs journalists

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All PRs working for companies within the public sector need good contacts in the media to secure the desired coverage. Are you finding it hard to pull together a list of journalists whom you can pitch to? Are you facing challenges to getting featured and your story heard?  Save your time and take a look at our no-hustle list. We’ve collected the top journos you could approach, from social affairs to public health.

Note: information is accurate for the date the blog was posted in January 2023. Journalists might change outlets and sectors in the future.

Amelia Gentleman​

Amelia Gentleman

Social Affairs Writer, The Guardian

Amelia is an award-winning journalist and author of The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment. She focuses on stories that have a real political impact and she likes to get to the root of the issue. Before joining The Guardian she reported from Delhi, Paris and Moscow.

Eleanor Busby

Eleanor Busby

Education Correspondent, PA Media

Eleanor joined PA Media in 2020 and before this, she worked at The Independent and The Times Educational Supplement. She focuses is on everything related to education including nurseries, schools, apprenticeships and universities. 

John Gill

Editor, Times Higher Education

John has been the editor of The Times Education since 2012. He is interested in everything connected to higher education both nationally and internationally. This includes tuition charges, student assessment, training, policy issues and public funding. He has been a key figure in developing The Time Higher Education World University Ranking portfolio and has been called to parliament to give evidence at the inquiry into teaching metrics.

Martin Hilditch

Martin Hilditch

Editor, Inside Housing

Martin has worked at Inside Housing since 2005 and became the editor in 2019. He is in an award-winning journalist and is focused on improving the living standard of those in social housing, this has included campaigning on homelessness and safety in social housing.

Sam Trendall

Sam Trendall

Editor, PublicTechnology

Sam concentrates on covering everything connected to the public sector using technology. This includes law enforcement, health and social care, education, and both local and central government. They write for the IT professionals working in the public sector who are interested in how the role of technology is changing the way public services are provided to citizens.

Shaun Lintern

Shaun Lintern

Health Editor, The Sunday Times

Shaun is an investigative journalist with over a decade of experience. He focuses on reporting accurately and fairly any issue relating to public health, patient safety public, quality care and regulations. He is also helped expose some of the worst scandals in the NHS’s history.

Denis Campbell

Denis Campbell

Health Policy Editor, The Guardian

Denis has been writing about the NHS, public health and medicine since 2007. He became the Health Policy Editor in 2015 after 15 years as the Health correspondent at The Guardian. He focuses on the NHS and mental health but will also write about a wide range of topics including medicine and public health. He also regularly writes about key NHS issues including staffing, funding and wait times.

Natasha Loder

Health Editor, The Economist

Natasha became the Health Policy Editor in 2018 and covers a wide range of topics including medicine, technology, pharma and science. She joined the Economist in 2000 and worked on the science desk for over a decade before spending four years in the US working as a foreign correspondent. She has also won many award for her work in news, features and opinions.

Laura Donnelly

Health Editor, The Daily Telegraph

Before joining The Daily Telegraph in 2006 she was the news editor of Health Service Journal and developed a sound knowledge of health policy and a dislike of jargon. She covers a wide range of topics and is an award-winning journalist due to her in-depth investigations into NHS scandals. She also enjoys bringing quirky and offbeat stories that bring scientific break throughs to life.

Recently she has focused on Health, Covid-19 and vaccines.


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