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Lyra's beautiful young life, ended so abruptly, will always be in our hearts and minds.

n our latest opinion piece, journalist Kathryn Johnson pays a moving tribute on the first anniversary of the death of her friend and colleague Lyra McKee, who died while observing a riot in Derry in April 2019. “Lyra’s beautiful young life, ended so abruptly, will always be in our hearts and minds” by Kathryn Johnston A year ago, my friend, colleague and fellow member of the National Union of Journalists Belfast & District Branch, Lyra McKee, was shot dead in Derry by a dissident republican activist as she observed a violent clash between the New IRA and the police. I miss her more than ever. The first time we met was in 2006. It was obvious that the sixteen year old would go far. She had

#WeStandWithLyra

Like many journalists, I am haunted by the tyranny of the deadline. Take yesterday, when I sat down to reflect on the first anniversary of the death of my 29 year old close friend, journalistic colleague and fellow National Union of Journalists Belfast & District member, Lyra McKee. Lyra and I often took solace in the words of Douglas Adams in ‘The Salmon of Doubt’ when he summed up their unique fatal attraction by saying ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.’ As ace procrastinators, we often turned to the internet for inspiration. That was how I learned that the original meaning of ‘deadline’ is a line drawn that someone passes at the risk of being shot. A

Reporting trauma in Northern Ireland

This was originally published in 'Peace Journalism' 1 April 2020 The overnight snow had frozen on my windscreen when I left home at dawn on Thursday 12 March 2019. As I drove through Derry, I passed the spot where almost a year ago my friend, colleague, and fellow member of the National Union of Journalists, Lyra McKee, became the latest victim to die in the Northern Ireland Troubles. She was shot dead in Derry by a gunman from the New IRA while observing a riot with other journalists. Lyra, who was dedicated to investigating the unsolved mysteries of the troubles, would have thrived on these two inaugural workshops where victims and survivors of the troubles, student and practicing journ

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