Lauren Potts

Freelance journalist specialising in features, storytelling & digital content 👩🏼‍💻

United Kingdom

Freelance journalist specialising in features, storytelling & digital content. Bylines:
@bbcnews, @stylistmagazine, @refinery29uk, @mennewsdesk, @bbcworldservice, @wdytyamagazine and a huge range of regional newspapers across England and Wales.

Portfolio
Time Out Birmingham
11/24/2023
The best restaurants in Birmingham

I was asked by Time Out to contribute to this article on the best places to eat in Birmingham. All that eating out finally came good.

BBC Food
01/11/2023
Can some foods really improve your memory?

Sometimes it can feel like our short-term memory has more in common with our kitchen sieve. But might there be key ingredients – or even whole diets – that could help make these moments of forgetfulness a thing of the past? BBC Food asked me to look at the science behind the claims.

BBC News
31/10/2023
The Halloween sweets that poisoned Bradford

I pitched and wrote this timely and quirky history story to the BBC, where it was read by more than a million people all over the world, stayed in the website's "most read" list all day and was translated for BBC Brazil.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
30/07/2023
Reporting on genealogy news

I freelanced for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, writing their news pages for the September issue.

BBC Food
26/05/2023
How I manage a gluten-free diet on a budget

In my first commission for BBC Food, I had a lovely chat with blogger and expert Becky Excell on how to eat gluten-free without breaking the bank. Both she and Coeliac UK shared the story on their social media channels and it featured on BBC Homepage too.

Refinery29
13/04/2023
I Had A 10cm Ovarian Cyst But Doctors Didn't Believe Me

For Refinery29 I wrote a first person piece on my experience of having an ovarian cyst and being gaslit by my doctors, plus advice on how to spot the symptoms to raise awareness of the condition. It led Refinery29's UK site and was also published in the US, Australia and Germany.

Trail magazine
30/04/2023
Walking the Oldham Way

I was approached by Oldham Council to produce copy about walking in the borough that they could place with relevant publications - my first-person piece about the experience was used by Trail magazine.

BBC News
20/04/2023
King Charles: Why does the monarch need a coronation?

This piece for the BBC looking at the history of the coronation and whether it's required led the features slot on the main site, was prominent on the BBC Homepage, translated by BBC Brazil and had strong engagement and page-viewing figures.

Manchester Evening News
21/10/2022
'I'm part of history': What it's like living in a National Trust property

This story is part of a series I'm writing for Reach plc about the people lucky enough to live in some of England's most beautiful homes and gardens. This particular employee got to spend her maternity leave in a grand country house and the story was published by the Manchester Evening News.

Nottingham Post
07/08/2022
The side of OnlyFans that people don't boast about

I write features for Reach newspapers that are used across its regional network. This story, about how Only Fans isn't the piece of cake it seems, appeared on websites for the Hull Daily Mail, Liverpool Echo and Nottingham Post among others.

BBC News
03/11/2022
The unclaimed £68m in premium bonds prizes

I pitched this feature to my former employer to give it the biggest chance of raising awareness that there are prizes of up to £100,000 that still haven't been claimed, going back as far as 1957.

Hull Daily Mail
24/09/2022
Discover the amazing haunted pub which counts Taylor Swift as a regular

What started as a story about living in a National Trust pub turned into a piece about pints, poltergeists and the queen of pop. This story for Reach featured across ten titles including the Hull Daily Mail, Leicester Mercury and Coventry Telegraph - and the Nigel Night angle prompted a frenzy of national media coverage.

WalesOnline
11/19/2022
What living in an 18th Century stately home is really like

The final piece in a series for Reach plc looking at the lives of people who truly never leave their place of work - because the National Trust properties they look after also double up as their full-time homes.

Bristol Post
28/08/2022
Being single in the cost of living crisis

My second feature for Reach Plc looked at being single in the Cost of Living Crisis. It was used across the publisher's regional network and appeared on websites for the Bristol Post, Derbyshire Telegraph and Wales Online, among others.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
01/09/2022
Reporting on genealogy news

I freelanced for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, writing the news pages for the September issue. I have an amateur interest in genealogy and family history so had the rare opportunity to combine my work and hobby.

Quadram Institute
2022
This Unrelenting Pandemic - Quadram Institute

During the pandemic, Quadram has been at the forefront of genomic sequencing – the science behind extracting the genetic code of the Covid-19 virus. I was commissioned to write about their work in this longform story, which won a CIPR silver award for best use of content.

BBC News
10/06/2020
How are England's coastal resorts faring?

Will the effects of the coronavirus lockdown tip these places into a terminal decline - or is there optimism that the government's aim of a further easing of lockdown rules might save the vital summer season?

BBC News
28/11/2019
The parents raising their kids on the road

Two families describe how they changed their children's lives by showing them the world, while a mum-to-be explains why she plans to do just that with her six-month-old baby

BBC News
25/12/2018
Why we are working on Christmas Day

But whether you're half a day behind the UK, or several hours in front, spare a thought for those keeping the country ticking over on 25 December

BBC News
15/02/2018
Can 'beauty banks' help fight hygiene poverty?

Most of us give barely a thought to the cost of shampoo, soap and sanitary towels when stocking up on everyday essentials in the toiletry aisle. But for those living in poverty - whether on the streets or in homes on a shoestring budget - basic hygiene has become a backseat luxury

BBC News
10/11/2018
Big Daddy to Toni Storm: The revival of British wrestling

For many a sports fan, Saturday afternoons were spent watching Big Daddy grapple with Giant Haystacks. Decades later and a generation that grew up glued to World of Sport is spearheading a revival - but will it stick?

BBC News
26/12/2016
The mystery of the Milk Carton Kids

In 1996, two boys went out to play and did not return. What happened to the friends who would become known as the "Milk Carton Kids"?

BBC News
07/01/2016
Fleecing the farmers: The true cost of stealing sheep

Sheep rustling is often seen as an amusing or old-fashioned crime. But as thieves who stole £35,000 worth of livestock from farms on both sides of the Pennines are jailed, what is the true cost of fleecing the farming community?

Stylist magazine
25/02/2015
Kids? I just don't know

A letter to the women who aren't quite sure whether children are in their future

Betty magazine
01/09/2015
Homeward bound

The childhood diary that documented a period of turmoil

Ballad Of magazine
01/06/2015
The summer of '63

How Dirty Dancing shaped a summer and created endless fond memories

Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group
22/09/2013
A day in the life of a miner

Reporter Lauren Potts went down the pit to see what it's really like at the coalface

Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group
06/04/2013
Berlin: A city of contrasts

There's far more to see in the German capital than the usual sight-seeing routes

Editor and producer credits

A few pieces I'm proud to have edited and/or commissioned (no credits)

BBC News
02/24/2023
Swimmers 'ruined' by culture of fat-shaming and bullying

I worked closely with the writer on this story to find the strongest angle and make the biggest impact - the result was that it was most read on the BBC website the day it was published and led to an apology from the swimming body as well as an investigation into allegations.