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Posted on: 06/10/2019 by Andrew Brookes
In the Categories: Issues / My View / Standard /

IIn life, you get what you pay for, right? So why don’t we apply that to the news? Whether you need to pay the publishing costs of a print product or not, paying for journalists and giving them the time, resources and support to find and write stories bears a cost. Yet we live in an age in which we expect the fruits of their labour to be handed over ...



Posted on: 03/05/2019 by Andrew Brookes
In the Categories: Insider / Standard /

EElections were, for me anyway, always great fun to cover as a journalist. So much so that, despite hanging up my notepad, I still go back for more now. Last night I was once again ‘out for the count’ at the South Holland District Council elections. These days, I’m officially there to send through results for the Press Association but nights like this are a timely reminder about the joy ...



Posted on: 21/01/2019 by Andrew Brookes
In the Categories: In The News / Insider /

AA recent inspection found that the emergency department of the hospital I used to cover as a journalist put patients at risk with ‘unsafe’ practices. It’s clearly a serious story and one that must be highlighted – but it reminded me of the complexities of reporting on the NHS and how it’s important not to lose sight of the real story underpinning such announcements. Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital belongs to the trust ...



Posted on: 23/12/2018 by Andrew Brookes
In the Categories: Insider / Standard /

NNewspaper archives are a joyous thing, offering a window into the way we saw the world in the past. The stories, the way they’re written and the adverts published all make it easy to disappear down a rabbit hole when you’re rifling through the past pages of a paper. In local newspapers, you often find yourself tasked with unearthing a few gems from yesteryear for an archive page. These features ...



Posted on: 06/12/2018 by Andrew Brookes
In the Categories: Insider / My View /

AAll journalists are guilty of slipping into cliché mode. Consciously or sub-consciously we reach for well-worn words and phrases in a quest to succinctly sum up the point of the story and to place an emphasis on the bits of our copy that we’re trying to flag up as important. I was probably as guilty as anyone of using some of these clichés – sometimes referred to as journalese – ...



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