For someone dedicated to campaigning journalism, the week I spent writing #GiveMeShelter was one to remember. For much of the time, my fingers bounced furiously off the keyboard telling a story that I hoped would make a difference. Every second I wrote in the safety of my office, I knew that women and children were being abused, killed even - all terrified, all looking for a way out. The Sun's #GiveMeShelter campaign has hopefully gone some way to offering them a lifeline.
Freedom of speech is a human right, and the foundation upon which democracy is built. Any restriction of freedom of speech is a restriction upon democracy. We must defend democracy using its own mechanisms, through explaining and exemplifying its merits rather than through the heavy-handed and arbitrary silencing of its critics.
As someone who's had a lifelong battle with depression, I know full well what a serious issue suicide is for either gender. But I'm not sure if crowdsourcing a set of "bloke jokes" and pasting them up around the streets is the answer.
Working class representation in our media is all too often dominated by the feckless, the workshy, the scrounging in order to represent them as the tip of the iceberg, rather than the exception to the rule. It doesn't take much to work out why the middle-class, public school dominated media continue to maintain the fallacy that people at the bottom of society don't deserve our sympathy. Yet, the BBC used to know better, it is a shame it doesn't now.
Your trailer. I noticed there were no BAMEs or disabled performers about the gaff. Perhaps, on this occasion the inclusion of the BAME talent in BBC Two's new season of drama, simply wasn't seen as something worth selling to the global market?
Barely a week goes by without there being yet another story in the media about animal cruelty. Thanks to social media, we are now regularly confronted on Twitter and Facebook news feeds by images of extreme pet neglect and abuse.
When Neville Thurlbeck turned up on my doorstep to shatter my world, I would never have imagined that ten years later I would agree to review his book Tabloid Secrets. But time moves on and I was fascinated to get an insight into what makes a tabloid tick.
Janet Jordon is not responsible for her own murder or that of her daughter and partner. Jed Allen made a choice to kill his mother and sister. He made this choice within a context of endemic male violence against women and girls. These types of murders are not isolated or tragic. They are simply the extension of patriarchal control over women's bodies and lives.
When was the last time a BBC drama gave you that zinging sense of witnessing something dazzling, wonderful and challenging? Or opened up new areas of consciousness and forged hitherto unmade connections in your brain?
The big corporate papers are encouraging the idea that the result of the general election means the end of the Leveson process. Although this claim is hardly surprising given their wild-eyed desperation to avoid any form of meaningful accountability, it is wrong. Here are five reasons to be confident that independent, effective press self-regulation along the lines recommended by the Leveson Inquiry is on its way.
For justice to be fair it must be swift. We will never get back the two and a half years we spent awake at night worrying about whether she would be jailed and the affect that would have on our children aged three and one. But this change in the law will mean that other innocent people do not suffer the same fate.
When you go up against the big guns of any state, you know they will throw everything at you. Even when they tell you that you have won, you shouldn't believe a word they say. Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has learned this hard lesson in the last few days.
The current problem any disabled person has being on TV is that as opposed to being allowed to be themselves, they can find themselves with a massive cultural responsibility to represent all disabled people, even when that is extremely impossible.
With the 'Trinity of Referenda' now over in Oxford, it is worth considering what the two campaigns, and the results, ultimately showed about the Oxford student politics.
The one downside would be that this would make the UK a fairer, stronger, and more attractive place to live, which might encourage more immigration. But this is something to be proud of.
When I began working in the PR industry - although there were so few of us then you could hardly call it an industry - I never dreamt that the masses ...