Death by a thousand cuts, literally

IF anyone asks me these days what I do for a living, I tell them: ‘I’m a polisher and roller.’ Naturally, they’re impressed at what sounds like a skilled arts-and-crafts job. If only they knew I spent most of my working hours ‘polishing’ turds and then ‘rolling’ them […]

How not to save your firm’s reputation

Like many a miserably paid hack I’ve occasionally been tempted by the lure of better rewards in the public relations sector; to leave the ranks of the poachers and become a gamekeeper. I’ve never taken the plunge but plenty of colleagues have – and generally they’ve done pretty […]

My son’s dead body was warm, not cold

Pulp fiction writers have got it wrong. The dead are warm. They’re not stiffs, ice cold to the touch. My baby boy was floppy, he looked asleep. Three days earlier he’d been alive, and for three days my wife carried his corpse inside her. The cradle of life […]

Survive Your Newsroom: Foreign Editor

Much like Liam Neeson, Foreign Editors have a particular set of skills. They WILL find you, they WILL make you file. From the Aussie Outback to the Patagonian fastness to the fleshpots of Bangkok, if you speak English, have mentioned that fact to a journalist and can write […]

Charlie’s toots

Originally posted on hack4hire:
A lot of us want to know … Just how pissed, how often, was Charlie Kennedy? A lot of functioning alcoholics must have been involved in the solemn reporting of his drink problem, which never again went unmentioned once it had been admitted.…