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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 […]

Two new radio pieces about Margo MacDonald’s assisted suicide bill

November 5, 2012 by


Campaigners from across Europe gathered at the Royal Society of Edinburgh last Friday to mark European Right to Die Day, and to launch Margo MacDonald’s Assisted Suicide Bill. This is MacDonald’s second attempt to change the law – her first proposal in 2010 was heavily defeated, by 85 votes to 16. But with recent high […]

Nengage video – free social media training for community groups

August 13, 2012 by


In a couple of weeks I and blogger/broadcaster Emily Dodd will be starting Nengage, a new social media project which offers free training to community groups, local citizens and activists in how to use social media and online tools. The series of six sessions are being funded by the North Edinburgh News, the community newspaper […]

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 […]

Spanish Road Trip Part 2 – San Sebastián to Pamplona

June 24, 2012 by


After visiting Matavenero, in the mountains of Leon, Sarah, Scarlett and I descended from the mountains and headed east along Spain’s high speed motorways. We’d had a short but intense experience visiting the eco-village, and had learnt a great deal, but as a journalistic assignment I felt like it had been a failure. I had […]

Matavenero – visiting a mountain eco-village

June 20, 2012 by


The first village we visited was Matavenero in León, in an isolated, mountainous region in the North West Spain. Matavenero’s original inhabitants, many of whom had worked in local mines, abandoned the village in the late sixties. But in 1989  it was resettled by people from many different European countries, following a Rainbow Gathering in […]

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 […]