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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

 

Billboard:

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 Metro.co.uk – @harriepwHarriet Williamson

 

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

 

 

Fun/personality/views/opinions:

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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