Emily Townsend is a senior news reporter and gold standard multimedia journalist covering hard news, community issues, campaigns and court cases for two daily newspapers.


She is currently working for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star in Suffolk, alongside weekly titles the Stowmarket Mercury, Coastal Scene, Bury Mercury and Sudbury Mercury.

Emily has worked on international, national and regional news desks with articles published in The Guardian, The Independent and i100.

Before she started working in news journalism Emily was a freelance magazine journalist with bylines in upmarket vintage fashion magazine Vintage & One of a Kind (V&Oak).

While at university she founded the union newspaper’s first ever website which earned a national award nomination from the Student Publication Association.

The design, which Emily coded herself using HTML and CSS, won praise from one of the country’s top digital editors, Times Digital’s Nick Petrie.

“I was immediately struck by the strong use of photography and how the design balanced a good density of articles with white space. The designers and developers have clearly worked hard to build an experience to entice readers in. A strong selection of student-focused news stories demonstrates that this publication hasn’t forgotten its core purpose – to inform and delight its readers.”

Nick Petrie, The Times

She trained for her NCTJ qualification at the UK’s top journalism school, News Associates, where she gained a gold standard diploma.

Now two years into her first job as a newspaper journalist, she successfully completed her NQJ senior journalist qualification with two distinctions in November 2017.

See some of Emily’s work