How To Pitch A Story

You’ve got the scoop, but sadly no front page – just how do you go about getting an editor to read your fascinating story? Well first things first, make sure you know what it is you’re talking about. Too many writers just call people up and start rambling at editors down the phone.  Prepare what […]

10 O’Clock Live – It’s About Time…

Not that long ago, if you wanted any kind of political satire, Have I Got News For You was your lot. There’s no denying it’s a good series, but it’s a far cry from the heady days of Spitting Image. These days panel shows rule the roost – mainly because they are cheap and cheerful […]

Another Journalist in the Hot Seat

Earlier this week, BBC journalist Craig Oliver was named as Andy Coulson’s replacement at Number 10. The 41-year-old will join David Cameron’s team as Director of Communications at a time when the Conservatives could really be doing with some good news. Over the last few weeks, David Cameron in particular has been at the sharp […]

Writing Copy For The Web

Writing for the web isn’t the same as writing for other mediums. For a start, the design of web pages puts them in a different league from newspapers, magazines and brochures. Depending on the size of your monitor screen, the look of the page (and therefore the content) can change. Clicking on and off pages […]

Some Journalistic Jargon To Think About

Close your eyes and think of the classic image of a journalist… I imagine a dedicated, hard working sleuth, stuck in a 1950’s style office. The typewriter is ready to go, the phones are constantly ringing – the whole place is a hive of activity. In the background lurks the editor – ready to come […]

Sky’s Andy Gray is sacked… the end to a particularly bad week for News International?

It’s turning out to be a bad week for News International. First, Andy Coulson resigns as Director of Communications for David Cameron. More Celebs then join the numbers already suing the News of the World over the phone hacking scandal. At the weekend, Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys play the sexist card […]

Phone Hacking Scandals… continue

On Friday, the News Of The World phone hacking scandal took another turn when Andy Coulson resigned from his job (as Director Of Communications to David Cameron). It strikes me that it could be a way of giving the News of the World a little more time to think things through. After all, Andy is a […]

How Do You Write A Good Press Release?

Being able to produce a good press release really is a valuable skill to have. As a journalist and copywriter, I get sent press releases all the time. But it’s just far too easy for people to forget why they are sending things out in the first place. So before touch a keypad (or opt […]

Pothole Rage

Potholes. Nobody loves ’em but they are everywhere. And I mean everywhere! You can’t go a mile in Glasgow without encountering a crater destined to rattle your car to bits. bad weather has a lot to answer for but, to me, it just seems the roads weren’t up to much to begin with. You hear […]

Getting your point across – writing the right way

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Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]