About & Contact

This is me in a boat off the Isle of Skye, but normally I’m at home a lot further south working as a freelance journalist. I specialise in stories about religion and social affairs.

My news reports, analysis and features have been published by The Guardian, The Times, The Economist, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent and the BBC, among others. I previously worked for four years as a news reporter and digital editor of the Church Times, the UK’s leading newspaper covering religion. You can find some of my work here.

I’m always open to new commissions and enquiries, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing tswyatt@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Podcast

I also co-host a podcast called Matters of Life and Death which discusses the ethics of issues in healthcare, technology and science. You can listen to the most recent episodes below, or click here to subscribe.

Coronavirus: Miscounting deaths, the Sun's front page, key workers with long covid and vaccine generosity Matters of Life and Death

In today’s episode we’re returning to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been almost six months since we last dedicated an episode to covid, and since then a lot has happened. Hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been delivered around the world, but are they going to the right people at the right time? We now know the vaccines increase by a tiny amount the risk you might experience a dangerous blood clot in the brain – how have we done at understanding that risk and putting it in its proper context? We’re also sadly much more familiar with long covid– what’s going on there and how should we as a society look after those suffering these symptoms? And finally, does the way we count – or rather, significantly undercount – deaths caused by coronavirus really matter? Please take our three-minute listener survey to help us improve the podcast – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJjFoI3G6a-5lJ07S7vBm_yxOkDVoDQXQfI6RnrZSJNI2zuw/viewformThe ONS report on how many people in the UK have long covid – https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/prevalenceofongoingsymptomsfollowingcoronaviruscovid19infectionintheuk/1april2021 The BBC Radio 4 programme on long covid – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000w4t4The Sun's front page on the blood clot risk – https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14589798/brilliant-front-page-oxford-astrazeneca-vaccine/The government's information page on the blood clot risk with the covid vaccines – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Coronavirus: Miscounting deaths, the Sun's front page, key workers with long covid and vaccine generosity
  2. John Stott: Double listening, salt as preservative, incarnational mission, and the challenge of evangelical hagiography
  3. Simulation: Deep fakes, image as sacrament, David Beckham in Mandarin and therapy chatbots
  4. Digital church: Worship on Zoom, pandemic revival, time-shifting and Gnosticism
  5. Social media and free speech: Fake news, Facebook's 'Supreme Court', the Capitol riot and YouTube algorithms