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How much can you learn from a header image?

Twitter headers

Most journalists are on Twitter. They use the channel to share articles they have written, talk about their role, look for sources, and share some snippets from their personal lives too. You can learn a lot about a journalist from what they post on Twitter. Which is why we’ve added tweet search onto our Media Contacts Database, letting subscribers find journalists by keywords in their tweets.

The way a contact personalises their Twitter channel can also tell you a lot. Do they use bright colours, is their bio about their professional life or does it merge into their personal interests too? What about their profile picture or header image, what does this say about them?

We took a look at the header images for a few journalists to see how they represent themselves on Twitter.


Symbols by industry:

Claire Dunwell, Freelance Journalist – @BrownsFeaturesClaire Dunwell


Victoria Burt, Features Writer at Cover Images @vickz_2Victoria Burt


Edmund Greaves – Deputy Editor at Moneywise – @edgreavEdmund H Greaves


Kim Easton-Smith, Freelance Journalist – @Kimberlarly
Kim Easton-Smith


David Atkinson, Freelance Journalist – @atkinsondavidDavid Atkinson


Symbols by sector:

Patrick McGuigan, Freelance Journalist – @PatrickMcGuigan
Patrick McGuigan


Emma Hughes, Freelance Journalist – @emmahdhughesEmma Hughes


Rowena Carr-Allinson, Freelance Journalist – @HipTravelWriterRowena Carr-Allinson


Matt Ratcliffe, Production Journalist at ITV News Central – @mratcliffeitvMatt Ratcliffe


Maria Shahid, Special Projects Editor at Inside Housing – @PropJournoMaria Shahid


Michael Marshall, Freelance Science Journalist – @m_c_marshallMichael Marshall


Claire Ainsworth, Freelance Science Journalist – @ClaireAinsworthClaire Ainsworth


Me at work:

Olivia Marks, Freelance Broadcast Journalist – @OliviaLilyMarksOlivia Marks


Nick Smith, Reporter at ITV News West Country – @NickSmithITVNick Smith


Ben Thompson, Business Presenter at BBC News – @BBCBenThompsonBen Thompson


Gareth Barlow, Journalist and Newsreader at BBC World Service – @GarethBarlowGareth Barlow


Dan Raywood, Contributing Editor at Infosecurity – @danraywoodDan Raywood



Lucy Skoulding, Junior Editor at Contentive Media – @Lucy_SkouldingLucy Skoulding


Kavita Kukar, Presenter and Producer at Panda Radio – @MissKavKavita Kukar


Miriam Nice, Senior Content Planner at BBC Good Food – @miriamjsniceMariam Nice


Tom Chesshyre, Travel Writer at The Times –@tchesshyreTom Chesshyre


Emily Phillips, Features Director at Grazia – @emilylphillipsEmily Phillips


Rosamund Dean, Acting Deputy Editor at Stylist – @RosamundDeanRosamund Dean


Angela Saini, Freelance Science Journalist – @AngelaDSainiAngela Saini


The anti-billboard:

Harriet Williamson, Lifestyle Reporter at – @harriepwHarriet Williamson


Daniel Davies, Junior Digital Writer at Men’s Health @iamDanielDaviesDaniel Davies




Hannah Rogers, Editorial & Fashion Assistant at The Times – @HannahRogersLDNHannah Rogers


Callum Glennen, Freelance Journalist –  @CallumGlennenCallum Glennen


Geoff Ho, City Editor at Sunday Express – @FinanceHogGeoff Ho


How much more do you know about these journalists based on what they have chosen for their header image? It’s a great idea to check a contact’s Twitter profile before pitching to them – the more you know about the journalist, the more you can personalise your message.

Wondering how the new article and tweet search on the Media Contacts Database could help you reach even more suitable journalists? Book a tailored demo today.

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