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What Top Education Journalists And Writers Want To Hear About From PRs

Start your education PR activity by learning more about the journalists working in the education sector and what they focus on. 

From a journalist’s point-of-view, there are only a few things worse than receiving a totally irrelevant pitch. Make sure you are always up-to-date on what matters to education reporters, the topics that are close to their hearts, their preferences and recent articles. 

Not sure where to start? We got you covered. We’ve collected a list of education correspondents for you to keep them in the back of your mind for your next education PR campaign.

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

Chris Havergal

News Editor, Times Higher Education

Chris started as a reporter for Times Higher Education (THE) back in 2014 and became News Editor in 2017. He manages a team of journalists based in the UK and overseas, covering teaching, learning access, and internationalisation areas. His latest articles highlight issues and news in higher education.

We’ve spoken to Chris to ask about his team, the content and stories they look for and best ways to pitch to his outlet. Watch the 5-minute preview here.

Education Editor, The Times

Nicola Woolcock was promoted to Education Editor at The Times in 2020, where she was previously an Education Correspondent. She covers everything that happens in education, from issues and news about learning foreign languages to changes in education policies.

We’ve asked Nicola about her team, the daily structure and what readers are interested in – all available in Nicola’s profile.

Jon Severs​

Editor, Tes Magazine

Jon has been the Editor of Tes Magazine since the start of 2021. He brings 15 years of experience as a journalist to a title that covers news, analysis, teaching and learning practices and research. Lately, he pointed out challenges and recruitment issues the education sector faces.

Jon spoke about his outlet, team, key audience and their main topics in our webinar. Tune in for a 5-minute preview.

Abbie Wightwick​

Education Editor, WalesOnline

An award-winning journalist with over 25 years of experience. Abbie is the Education Editor for WalesOnline, but her copy also features in the region’s newspapers. She also has a weekly column in the Western Mail. Her latest education-specific content includes issues and news in higher education, such as union strikes and training for teachers.

Learn more about Abbie’s newspaper, and what, how and when to pitch. Get a sneak peek into our webinar.

John Dickens​

Editor, Schools Week

John joined the publication as a Senior Reporter in 2015 and became editor in 2018 for the newspaper. The award-winning journalist has a track record of exposing wrongdoing, corruption, and abuse of public funds. He is lately focused on education politics, news and challenges in the sector and conducts interviews.

John told us the best ways to contact him and his team and the key focus areas. Check the 5-minute recording.

Education and Families Editor, The Sunday Times

Sian is the Education and Families Editor at The Sunday Times and regularly appears on radio and television commenting on education and parenting issues. She also co-authored the book Body Clocks. Sian recently wrote on parenting advice, higher education, and legal news.

Gain more insight into The Sunday Times, what Sian is interested in and the best times to contact the team. See the 5-minute preview here.

Julie Henry​

Freelance Education Journalist

Previously worked as Education Correspondent at the Telegraph, Julie is now a freelance journalist working for a number of different titles, including the Daily Mail. She writes education news and features for a series of national newspapers.

In our Spotlight on Education series Julie shared tips for pitching to her, watch the first 5 minutes of the webinar replay.

Freelance Education Journalist 

Anna freelances for The Guardian, focusing mainly on universities and higher education. She recently wrote about problems involving education budget cuts, the effects of cost-of-living on the sector and other educational challenges.

We had Anna for our webinar series where she talked us through her audience, preferences and the best ways to pitch to her. Click for the 5-minute teaser.

Robbie Meredith

Education and Arts Correspondent BBC Northern Ireland at BBC

Robbie has been the Education and Arts Correspondent at BBC Northern Ireland for over 7 years. His coverage includes school issues and educational news in the region. His recent articles focus on recruitment, the financial pressures of schools, and challenges in education. Learn more about Robbie in his profile.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Wonkhe

Mark founded Wonkhe in 2011 with the aim to drive conversations about Higher Education policies in the UK and develop a community. Mark and his team provide information and analytical articles in the higher education sector. He recently produced commentaries on government policies affecting areas of education. More on Mark in his journalist profile.

Looking for a complete list of education correspondents and writers?

We have thousands of journalists in our PR Software. View enhanced profiles, watch interviews and webinar replays, tune in to in-app social feeds and discover trending topics or try our online pitching tools.

Stand out from the crowd and catch the attention of the right journalists, at the right time. Try Roxhill Media.

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