LIVES IN LONDON.
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 and the mental health category 2021.
THINGS I DO
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 websites.
I create accurate, credible, up to date and engaging copy that will help your site rank for relevant keywords.
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.
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
I'm a former lead writer for Healthily, the digital health site, where my duties included writing fully-referenced,
medically-approved, in-depth health features for a consumer audience.
Follow this link to see 60 fully-referenced medically-checked articles I have written for the site.
Web writing, media consultancy, conference coverage, press release writing and health books, also form part of my
Web project clients include: Horder Healthcare, HCA Hospitals, Network Rail, Trio Health and Healthspan.
I have also written for medical journals such as Acuity, the membership magazine for the College of Optometrists,
as well as consumer magazines such as Saga.
I 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.
See my author's page on Amazon.
Guild of Health Writers
I am a committee member and former chair of the UK's Guild of Health Writers, which strives to
promote excellence in health writing and supports with educational events
and networking opportunities
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