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No to the status quo

I’ve been having moments of optimism recently. I know! Strange times, unprecedented, yadda yadda, but also, we are now in a period of intense and rapid change. Once we are out of the other side of this, what will we keep hold of and what will we ditch? Who knows. But...

The end of the press briefings – why?

I was quite shocked yesterday (23rd June) when I read that the government would no longer be holding the daily 5 pm press briefings on coronavirus. I have found them hugely useful (plus irritating, exasperating and whole host of other emotions) right from the start,...

Sad day for journalism and our town – the end of the Oldham Chron

Deborah Wroe It was a desperately sad day for journalism and our town, and of course the 49 staff who lost their jobs, when the news broke on 31 August that The Oldham Chronicle had gone to print for the last time that day after an incredible 163 years and was now in...

Secrets and lies – in defence of PR

By Deborah Wroe I was brought up not to tell lies, so much so that I even struggle with white lies, (A friend: “Does my bum look big in this?” Me: “Er, the blue is more flattering”) so how did I end up in the seedy world of secrets, lies and spin that is marketing and...

Show me the money

By Deborah Wroe This year there have been a disproportionate number of major scandals and horrific stories, some very current and some that happened a long time ago but have only just come to light. For me they have significantly raised the issue of ethics and...

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