PENGUINS, DOGS AND PODCASTS: Escapism for self-isolationers and frazzled comms people

‘He’s an escapist’, the writer Nathaniel West once wrote, ‘he wants to cultivate his interior garden.’ What is striking is that everyone has a tolerance for coronavirus news and especially if you’re in the public sector communicating it. At times, a 24-hour flow of information can intoxicate. If only, you think, if I keep reading […]

ONLINE LESSON: What the Jared O’Mara Twitter rant can teach you

This week you may have come across the Twitter rant unleashed by the employee of an MP. Gareth Arnold took the unusual step of handing his notice in by posting thread of tweets from the account of Jared O’Mara MP he had access to. It was oddly polarising. It was greeted as a glorious ‘f*** […]

How newspapers are re-inventing themselves for a chance of survival

As a keen junior newspaper reporter, I was once told the key to writing features was to put the best quote in the intro. So, John Lennon’s ‘Beatles are bigger than Jesus’ should always shout from the first paragraph to reel the reader in. I was reminded of this gem listening to Marc Reeves, editor-in-chief […]