Three poor excuses for not taking part in difficult interviews.

Today I want to talk about some of the things journalists are asked to when they approach organisations for an interview - particularly when that interview might be difficult. This might be a business which is facing some kind of legal action, … [Read more...]

Where does sexual innuendo between men and women at work cross the line?

I've faced up to sexual harassment - but did I do it the right way or not?

Just felt the need today to blog about the whole discussion over sexual harassment in the light of the latest debate surrounding a particular politician. I listened to a discussion on a weekly political show, on a weekend discussion programme … [Read more...]

GCSEs and A levels are easier…so let’s make them harder. Really?

Everyone should have a chance to shine.....

I always find this time of year frustrating when exam results come out for young people - results on which the future depends - or so it seems for those affected. For young people of 16 or 18, getting the 'right' results can feel like it's the only … [Read more...]

WHAT ABOUT THE RIOTS?

Have you seen the mob mentality close up?

I'm listening to Question Time talking about riots as I'm writing this. Here in Swindon, for three evenings in a row there has been rumour and counter-rumour about trouble in the town centre. To my knowledge, nothing's happened.   Shops … [Read more...]

Good news stories that stay with you – especially if you’re a bit soppy!

Coffee and networking

Some good news stories just stand out for a journalist – think unusual, heart-rending, human interest and ‘slow time of year’. One I always remember, for me, showed the absolute key importance of contacts. In business speak, networking. I was … [Read more...]