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March 19, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3arYWg7MtWk

I'm a journalist, a freelance, self-employed, a caregiver in multiple roles, and a woman. 

And I am very, very proud to say, I am a Union woman.  And as the song in the link above says:

We are many thousand strong,
And I am glad to say
We are getting stronger
And stronger every day.

Every day I have cause to be glad that I am a long-term member of the National Union of Journalists.

Amid...

March 16, 2020

We've seen a rush of recent panic and hysteria about the possibility, likelihood or other about a coronavirus epidemic.

But before we hurtle headlong into a cycle of hysteria, stockpiling essentials and self isolation, step back.

Of course we should all take advice of the best, most sensible up to date advice.

But don't forget, that as well as the elderly and those with underlying health issues, there are many more are at increas...

March 10, 2020

'Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.'

Could George Orwell's words from his classic 1984 be any more relevant today?    How do we remember the past?  How do we further responsible journalism in the reporting of our post troubles trauma?  How do journalists report on the past and on victims and survivors?  

On 18 April 2019, Lyra McKee was murdered by the...

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