I write about health and medicine for UK national media and beyond.

    My niche is explaining complex medical information in plain English and telling the stories of those affected by health conditions to produce engaging copy.

    I'm a former chair of the Guild of Health Writers and the author of three health books. In 2017, I was named Journalist of the Year by the Health Food Manufacturers' Association and in 2018 I was named Case Study Writer of the Year by the Medical Journalists' Association, and was a finalist in Freelance of the Year in 2020.


    Feature Writing

    I write newsy health and medicine features, quoting top experts and telling compelling human stories for national newspapers, consumer magazines, journals for medical professional audiences and web sites.

    Web Content

    I create accurate, credible, up to date and engaging copy that will help your site rank for relevant keywords.

    Media Strategy

    Sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees if we're too close to something. I provide advice on how to spot the story, plus a case study interviewing and press release writing service for PRs and health charities.


    Companies I've worked with include:

    The Daily Mail

    National daily newspaper weekly health section

    I have written for the Daily Mail's weekly Good Health section for more than 12 years, producing in-depth features with topical news hooks, drawing on my experience working in both the consumer and medical press. Here are some examples of my work

    Community Practitioner magazine

    I write regularly for Community Practitioner, an award-winning magazine for health visitors, school nurses, community nurses, and nursery nurses, covering everything from the Covid-19 pandemic to health inequalities and mental health.

    Contently.com and Muckrack

    Content marketing platform

    You can find examples of my work for 17 different news outlets on the Contently portfolio site, see https://jowaters.contently.com/

    My work also appears on the UK portfolio site Muckrack, see https://muckrack.com/jo-waters-2




    Web writing, media consultancy, conference coverage, press release writing and health books, also form part of my portfolio.

    Web project clients include: Horder Healthcare, HCA Hospitals, Network Rail, Trio Health and Healthspan.

    I write for medical journals such as Acuity, the membership magazine for the College of Optometrists, as well as consumer magazines such as Saga.

    I have also worked as part of the MediFore Ltd team producing conference newspapers on site and online for international medical meetings in New York, Brussels, Barcelona, Nice, Vienna and Leipzig.

    I have written three health books, including ' What's Up With Your Gut?'

    co-written with Professor Julian Walters and published by Hammersmith Books.


    "I have worked with Jo on different projects for a number of years, and hope to work with her for many more to come. She is excellent at producing well-targeted feature ideas that are thoroughly researched, accurate and well-written. She is generous with advice and information and a pleasure to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to commission her."

    Lesley Dobson




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