It took me a long time to call my assault by the name it merits – rape

November 25, 2021 – It’s been 16 years since I was raped by a man I trusted, a man I met through my journalism, who I later befriended socially. I have never mentioned his name publicly. But I have replayed the moments that led to the assault. I have found myself asking what I should have done differently,Continue reading “It took me a long time to call my assault by the name it merits – rape”

Ahead of #Worldmentalhealth day, I hope my story might help someone

A little over three years ago, I hit the bottom. I seriously wondered what worth my life had, felt lost and alone, and was struggling with my mental health. I felt unable to speak about how much I was suffering because I thought it would be a sign of weakness and because I still believedContinue reading “Ahead of #Worldmentalhealth day, I hope my story might help someone”

The Story Behind the Stories: The Thin Line Between Everything and Nothing

There are moments when everything changes: liminal spaces, seconds where the stars align and times when life changes completely. As a journalist, I am privileged to have had a ring-side seat at occasions that have made history, and met individuals whose lives have been changed in an instant.   The Thin Line Between Everything andContinue reading “The Story Behind the Stories: The Thin Line Between Everything and Nothing”

Memoir success

I’m delighted that my memoir has been shortlisted in this year’s Mslexia awards, reaching the final 12 in this prestigious competition for women writers. My story explores how I attempt to piece my life back together after a diagnosis of complex post-traumatic stress disorder by unravelling the episodes that threatened to unravel me. In teasingContinue reading “Memoir success”

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk

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 betweenContinue reading “Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk”

2020 was a marathon. Now we need to pace ourselves. What running has taught me about mental health

Spoiler: you don’t even need to like running to read this. Today I scheduled an hour into my work day to get outside and run. It gave me the chance to think about what running has taught me about managing my mental health during unprecedented times. 2020 was a marathon. After any long distance race,Continue reading “2020 was a marathon. Now we need to pace ourselves. What running has taught me about mental health”