Author Archives: Gareth Weekes

When football managers lose their cool

There seems to be a glaring omission from the training curriculum for football managers. A useful session for would-be Special Ones might be ‘How to keep your cool with the local media and not look like a prat’. I suggest interactive …

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Protecting reputation in the age of digital permanence

By Ron Wain, Joint Managing Director of Deep South Media This time 20 years ago I was a few weeks into a 14-month adventure to cycle the knotted Andean length of South America. From the Antarctica-facing toe of Argentina, at …

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Press officer in Babylon

She’s beautiful, she’s clever, she’s a warrior for Truth – of course she must be . . . a press officer. But anyone thinking of applying for a job in a police press office might like to watch Channel 4’s …

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Write your own news

“How do you find all that news?” is a question often asked of journalists. The answer usually includes “contacts”, “grapevine”, “sources” and if they are being honest “press releases”. Journalists have always used press releases but never as often as …

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How to look like an arrogant twit

Who is responsible for flooding the Somerset Levels? Surprisingly, no-one seems to have fingered God, but this week Owen Paterson turned himself into a lightning conductor for blame. By visiting the flooded areas and not talking to local people the …

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If editors were like their newspapers

What a difference a new editor can make to a radio programme. Under the guest editorship of singer-songwriter PJ Harvey the BBC’s Today programme finally became what the Tory press has always accused it of being – a hot-bed of …

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Web wizards and journos

Content is king on Google and journalism is in demand. Website owners used simply to summon an SEO wizard to help the great god Google find their site, but now it seems they need to hire a journalist too. Marketing agencies …

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How to avoid being Hodged

You don’t have to be a Labour Party supporter to admire Margaret Hodge MP, the charming yet utterly merciless chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. Her committee’s fearsome interrogations of the great, the good and the dodgy …

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There’s only one Michael O’Leary

Is Michael O’Leary, in his own words, “Jesus, Superman or an odious little sh**”?   If you tick the third option, do you feel so insulted by the man’s outrageous utterances that you would rather boycott Ryanair, pay more and …

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Are local papers immortal?

Who would dare argue with Sir Ray Tindle when he says most of his 220-odd local newspapers will still be here in 100 years time? Sir Ray, 87, predicts continuing profits from the empire he runs from a converted courthouse …

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