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Sunday Herald Exclusive – disabled and sick face unpaid work programs

December 2, 2012 by


This week I did my first collaborative project with fellow journalist Peter Geoghegan, and we nailed a great story, getting the front-page lead story and a double page spread in the Sunday Herald – my first article for the paper. It’s about how the Government’s controversial mandatory work program is, from tomorrow, being extended to […]

Free Speech Radio News facing closure

June 29, 2012 by


These are tough times for independent media in the USA. The financial crisis has not only meant less money for social projects and charities, but has meant that independent radio programs and community radio stations, which largely depend on contributions from listeners and from sympathetic foundations, have seen much their funding dry up. One program […]

Mondragon – a corporation owned by the workers

June 7, 2012 by


I’ve spent most of the last week recording interviews in Mondragon in the Basque Country, Northern Spain, for a radio piece for Making Contact. Mondragon Corporation is probably unique, not just in its size – it has over 83,000 workers in over 250 companies – but in its structure. It is actually a network of […]

Innertube ambassador training – behind the scenes

May 11, 2011 by


I’ve spent much of the last month selecting a group of volunteers for the Innertube map project, and training them to be able to blog on computers and smart phones about the Innertube network. It’s been an exciting process right from the start – and, I think, our approach has been creative and quite unconventional. […]

Guardian Local comes to an end. So what’s next?

April 28, 2011 by


Perhaps appropriately, I found out about the end of the Guardian Local project on twitter yesterday. Michael MacLeod, who has been blogging like a whirlwind for the last eight months, tweeted the sad news that the Guardian Edinburgh – and it’s sister sites in Leeds and Cardiff – were all coming to an end. Hi […]

End of the line for Edinburgh’s community newspapers…UPDATED

February 10, 2011 by


Over the last six months I’ve been working with two fantastic community newspapers in Edinburgh, The Craigmillar Chronicle and The North Edinburgh News. I was recruited to help them adopt blogging and social media tools to reach a wider audience. We launched a new website for The Chronicle last year, and the new NEN blog […]

Disability groups win the day at Edinburgh City Council.

November 19, 2009 by


Today was meant to be the day that the council ratified controversial reforms to social care services for disabled and mentally ill people. The plans would have saved the council some £5.4 million over the next three years. But they would also have meant enormous upheaval. Most of the city’s existing service providers, including voluntary […]