Journalese: Ripping

Believe it or not, dear reader, there was a time when journalists didn’t ‘repurpose’ content. It was a time when stories – or content, if you’ve hung out with marketing for more than a nanosecond – were actually produced by ringing people up, meeting humans (you know, the […]

Survive Your Newsroom: Pol Corr

They’re like taxi drivers: once you get them started they’ll never stop. Any topic, doesn’t matter. From macro-economic policy to which researcher is shagging their researcher. Ask them to speculate and you can settle back and get on with the rest of your day while they fill air […]

The right to forget

Memory is a burden. A sack of worn-out belongings that have no purpose. Every memory keeps us in check, a stop light on our journey as we recall outcomes from the past when faced with the same junction. I was just three years old when I realised I […]

Journalese: Bigfooting

Ah, the freedom of the open road. You’ve got the address, your subject has not yet given any interviews and thanks to an insomniac newsdesk you’re probably first on the road for The Big Story. All goes to plan: they talk, they even give you some pictures – […]

The night I failed every mother in Britain

Facts. Powerful things, facts. And as C P Scott, the Guardian’s greatest editor said in his epic essay: ‘Comment Is Free, The Facts Are Sacred.’ In the old Farringdon Road HQ it was actually inscribed on the reception wall. It was a typographical mish-mash  typical of the Naughties but it […]