Blog – Over the fence

After 28 years as a working journalist, Gary jumped 'over the fence' to join the world of Public Relations.

This regular blog offers his views on the many changes affecting the media industry... seen from both sides of the fence .

November 18, 2019

Defeating judge dread to see a better future

Having ‘jumped over the fence’ from journalism to PR not so long ago – turning from poacher to gamekeeper, as it were – there are some […]
August 15, 2018
The term 'fake news' has become indelibly connected with Donald Trump and his administration.

Can fake news ever be justified?

Fake news is nothing new. It may be one of the buzz terms of the 21st century, but it’s been around for millennia… only it used […]
July 17, 2018
Quick, get Arnie... the news bots are coming!

Quick, get Arnie… the news bots are coming!

Here’s a question for the sci-fi geeks out there: what happened on August 29, 1997… at 2.14am? Well, according to Hollywood, that’s the point at which […]
July 11, 2018

Auntie Beeb reaches out to the old man of the Press

Unlike a lot of former print journalists, I’ve always had a soft spot for the BBC. Most newspaper journos will tell you tales of BBC hacks […]
July 6, 2018

Online video: The long and short of it

July 5, 2018

Press releases: The ‘pet hates’ of seven leading journalists

It’s a sign of my age that I remember the dreaded newsroom spike, festooned with spent press releases. For those truly embedded in the digital age, […]
July 2, 2018
Is 5e Vinyl revival a sign of digital fatigue in the Great Connection?

The other side of the Great Connection

Not so long ago, I had an analogue epiphany. Like many of my generation, I felt compelled to dig out my old record collection and revisit […]
July 2, 2018
A young Jeremy Clarkson (centre, backlo) during his days in the newsroom. Picture courtesy of Rotherham Advertiser.

Bombshell from a chatty cabbie

It was one of those London black cab rides that seems to last forever. The capital’s dusty roads were bustling on a hot summer morning and […]