The girl with mermaid hair – a suicide bid survivor saving Newcastle one sign at a time.

Note: Originally written for my journalism degree assignment in August 2018. However, I am so, so proud of this piece I decided to re-publish it here.  She has beautiful mermaid hair all fuchsia roots with turquoise ends. Her face is covered in acne, an indicator of her age. She’s only 19 and her coffee coloured eyes hold sadness. Her arms are covered in horizontal and vertical lines, self-inflicted scars echoing her many personal battles. She’s sitting in a wheelchair, pushed by her friend, but once we reach the bridge she stands up. Her name is Lucy and she is a…

PR vs Journalism: it’s time to stop this cat and mouse game.

PRs are not the cat chasing the mouse [journalist] for food or to be savage, the only reason they are chasing the mouse and the mouse is trying to escape is because both the cat and the mouse are morbidly obese and need to be moving more in order to lose weight so they are playing the chasing game to ultimately reach the same goal: publish content. How was that for a metaphor? “[PR is] conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses.” – source PR is not quality investigative journalism. Point blank. At its…