Paying to be published

Don’t pay to be published

By on February 10, 2015

I’m not planning to use this space to rant often, I promise, but I’ve just seen this news story and it’s made my blood boil. Put simply, a newspaper group in South London appears to be charging students to have their work published online so they build up a portfolio. Here’s the link to the Read More...


If you’re in something, be in it

By on February 5, 2015

Just time for a quickie today. I spent yesterday evening in Poland on the jury of the CEE Shared Services and Outsourcing event (for people who don’t know, among my freelance work is the editorship of Professional Outsourcing Magazine). Many of the entries were well written and explained their case clearly. Which is why one or Read More...



Does grammar matter?

By on February 3, 2015

I’m running a course on sharpening writing skills for the Henshall Centre today and one of the things we’re talking about is grammar. I’ve had a number of discussions on the subject on Facebook and elsewhere – does it matter whether something you write is 100% grammatical, does anyone care any more? My answer is Read More...



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“No comment” and other things you thought were a good idea

By on January 30, 2015

In media training yesterday I went through the usual things – with a strong candidate who had no experience talking with the press. He absorbed the lot, processing it by having to know the reason for everything, and the day was an absolute pleasure as a result. One of the many things he queried then accepted Read More...


Social Media – there’s no escape

By on January 28, 2015

Tomorrow I’m going onto Jonathan Lampon‘s breakfast show on BBC Radio Leicester. I’ll be on sometime after 10, discussing social media and politics – there’s an election coming, you know, I have a feeling I’m being asked on as a social media expert – I’ve written a couple of books on the subject and, spoken on Read More...


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