Can we as parents help reduce worrying trends of youth knife crime?

Journalists encounter the very best – and worst – of our communities. Among the worst issues I have had to deal with in my career is knife crime, a persistent problem which is sadly getting worse rather than better, according to national statistics. As a trainee in 2014, I reported on the most horrific court…

Ethical dilemmas: Should pictures like this be published by newspapers?

A social media debate about imagery depicting this incident over the weekend took me by complete surprise. The incident, in which a car collided with a telegraph pole in a residential road, made the news, including on one of our websites. The story began to unfold well before it hit the headlines, though. From what…

Parenting and journalism phrases which should be banned

Before I became a parent a particular phrase really irritated me. It was words to the effect of: “You’ll understand when you’re a parent.” Always uttered by a parent, I was intrigued to know what superior mindset would come over me when I joined the elite club. I would often hear this in relation to…

My papers: Why accusations of bias are wrong

It’s all too easy to label a newspaper biased if you don’t like what you see. I spent three years as a political reporter for our papers and in that time I dedicated the majority of my evenings to covering hundreds of council meetings. I was often the only one in the public gallery, press…

Trade secrets: How to do shorthand

Some people might balance spoons on their face as their party piece. Others might whip out their best Alan Sugar impression, or a bit of amateur opera. Ask a journalist, though, and it’s likely to be their Teeline rather than their teaspoons that they turn to. Shorthand comes in a variety of styles. Former typists…

A shout-out to the mums

Albie loves his Mummy. That was apparent tonight, if not already, as he desperately tried to crane his neck around Daddy to see her as Daddy tried to spoon an unknown combination of pureed fruits into his distracted baby’s gob. Maternity leave mums have it more difficult than we sometimes give credit for. As I…

Ignore the conspiracy theorists – Tommy Robinson is rightfully behind bars

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson is rightfully behind bars. Robinson, also known as Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, 35, was jailed for contempt of court after an ‘hour-long rant’ outside Leeds Crown Court. See here for the full report:¬†https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/why-tommy-robinson-was-jailed-over-facebook-rant-outside-leeds-crown-court-1-9184513 You might not be familiar with contempt – but in a nutshell there are laws which ensure…