This week I step down as director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN). The past two years have brought immense challenges, but our small team has achieved significant success and global impact. It’s been a time when accurate, responsible journalism with humanity has shown its value and the fact it really can make the difference between life and death. I leave the EJN to focus on my media consultancy, particularly in the fields of resilience and wellbeing, safety and gender sensitivity, empathy and effective leadership, as well as developing my writing and speaking career. I have been immensely privileged to share stories of my own mental health and journey to recovery, as well as facilitating conversations within our journalism industry to help address some of the taboos which prevent people from feeling able to speak when they are suffering. As someone with the language and lived experience of mental ill health, I have made the decision to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. This is both exciting and a little daunting for me, but I know I am immensely privileged to be able to take this next step. I would be really honoured if I can use my expertise to help you and your organisation, sharing my stories and my skills.
I am a journalist, author and speaker. With more than two decades media experience, I am an expert communicator and media consultant with an extensive network, and someone who is committed to supporting news rooms and media leaders to create safe, successful spaces for a more effective and empathetic industry.
I have co-authored various ground-breaking reports into the safety of women journalists, the kidnapping of journalists and moral injury and the media, as well as being involved in the development and delivery of curricula and courses on issues including gender-sensitive reporting and countering sexual harassment .
My key areas of expertise include journalism safety, mental health, gender and ethics and I have written and spoken extensively on these subjects.
I am widely respected for her skills in moderating and facilitating conversations on a range of subjects, have been published by some of world's leading media outlets and am comfortable speaking in front of large audiences.
I am also an award-winning author of flash fiction, which has been published widely, and my debut collection is being launched in 2021.
I have recently finished my first novel and am now working on a memoir, provisionally entitled 'Aftershocks.'
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