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The Rise of The Machines


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Well, after thirty years of publishing, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday have ended their print editions in late March and, although they’ll continue online, it is a sad indictment of the changing face of the media.

At its peak in the late 80s, the Independent was selling more than 400,000 copies a day but its final paid circulation had fallen drastically to around 56,000. Internet publishing wasn’t even possible then, let alone a priority. The big strategic question then was whether the newspaper should be reformatted, from broadsheet to tabloid, to bolster sales against the already-tabloid Times, which seems almost laughable by today’s standards. (more…)

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Literature Literally Rocks


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Autumn is well and truly here and I’m in a reflective mood. The summer has been a remarkably busy one with the festival season, in particular, dominating my time.

In my role as a music journalist I’ve been fortunate enough to cover quite a few events but one of the more unusual of these was one I worked in my PR role where literary and art, rather than music, took centre stage.

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Mirror Mirror


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I heard a horrifying statistic a couple of months ago on Radio 4 – according to research by YouGov, over 70% of children today have not heard the story of ‘Daniel in the lions den’ or, for that matter, many other stories from the Bible.

Now you could argue that the reason for this is due entirely to the fact that it has religious origins and the changing face of belief has deemed that stories like these are inappropriate or irrelevant in society today. (more…)

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Ding Dong! Is free speech dead?


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There was a time when the phrase “ding dong” conjured up images of a flirtatious English gentleman spying an attractive member of the opposite sex. This week it has taken on a whole new connotation.

Despite raging debates about Margaret Thatcher’s impact as Prime Minister, it is not 1984. But, then again, is it?

If George Orwell’s 1984 prophecy had been fulfilled, the Thought Police would now be rampant, surveilling our thoughts and controlling our minds. (more…)

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The One About The ‘Journalist’


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I despair, I really do.

There are people walking amongst us that are not what they seem. They are masquerading as professional people in positions respected in society, like journalists and news reporters.

I read a story last month that made me ashamed to be part of the communications business. It was a news story that appeared in a well-respected online publication that delivers good quality journalism…usually…so its appearance took me by surprise.

The story consisted of a written report and an interview that, in my opinion, was possibly one of the worst pieces of journalism that I have experienced in a very long time.

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CAT Gets Wild


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I’m starting to feel a bit like Cheryl Cole.

No, there may not be much obvious resemblance, but I’m referring to the world of celebrity and finding myself, once again, the subject of an interview rather than playing the role of the interviewer.

A couple of weeks ago, DJ Wisecat invited me onto his show on Radio Gets Wild to chat about some of my experiences as a music journalist so we spent an afternoon exchanging stories and talking about the world of rock ‘n’ roll….

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The Shoe Fits


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My post Walking A Mile In Another’s Shoes, explained how I was interviewed recently by King’s Lynn Online. Here’s how it went…

We ask a local personality a set of probing questions …

Local PR Consultant Allison Thomas is another ‘woman of many hats’ – As well as her consultancy work she also teaches, and works as a photo-journalist in the world of music.

I shared a cold drink with her on a lovely sunny afternoon in the grounds of the Globe Hotel in King’s Lynn …

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Walking a mile in another’s shoes…


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…can be pretty uncomfortable!

As a photo-journalist, I am usually the one that shines the spotlight in the face of various subjects but when I was invited to be interviewed myself for Kings Lynn Online, how could I refuse?

Meeting with the editor on a lovely sunny afternoon in March was really pleasurable but as we sipped a refreshingly cold drink and chatted about life, I began to realise that the shoe was well and truly on the other foot.

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