Welcome to Catherine Smyth Media

I am a professional journalist and have worked on daily and weekly newspapers across East Lancashire since 1988.
In 2009 I opted for redundancy and became self-employed using my writing skills and experience of working in busy newsrooms to create a bespoke business.

I have a passion for telling other people’s stories through words and am also handy with a camera.
Outside of work, I am a Cub leader and chairman of Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival Organisation.

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Unlucky for some? Not me - I am off to produce Issue 13 with my team at Coal Clough Academy. Inspiring young minds to write, read and celebrate their school! ... See MoreSee Less

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And it is finished (I also had an after school club to run!)

Here's the final story in this week's Rossendale Free Press and this time it is a bit of voluntary work, photo Liz Henson Photography. One of my contract clients VIC (Veterans In Communities) benefited from the sale of books at Haslingden Tesco organised by Colette Butler. Well done to everyone. ... See MoreSee Less

Heres the final story in this weeks Rossendale Free Press and this time it is a bit of voluntary work, photo Liz Henson Photography. One of my contract clients VIC (Veterans In Communities) benefited from the sale of books at Haslingden Tesco organised by Colette Butler. Well done to everyone.

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Thank you for the photo credit 📸

Thank you for the photo credit 📸

Story No 4 in this week's Rossendale Free Press documents the next concert for Bacup-born Sj Ruane. The Sean and Friends concerts are always a full house so make sure you get your ticket early for this Christmas special - on Saturday December 7 at Bacup Royal Court Theatre. Photo Liz Henson Photography ... See MoreSee Less

Story No 4 in this weeks Rossendale Free Press documents the next concert for Bacup-born Sj Ruane. The Sean and Friends concerts are always a full house so make sure you get your ticket early for this Christmas special - on Saturday December 7 at Bacup Royal Court Theatre. Photo Liz Henson Photography

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Third of five cuttings I have in this week's Rossendale Free Press and this photo might be a bit familiar... well done to Tony and the team at Antony & Patricia Hairdressing Rawtenstall Rossendale for raising an amazing £4,500 for charity celebrating 50 years in business. ... See MoreSee Less

Third of five cuttings I have in this weeks Rossendale Free Press and this photo might be a bit familiar... well done to Tony and the team at Antony & Patricia Hairdressing Rawtenstall Rossendale for raising an amazing £4,500 for charity celebrating 50 years in business.

My second story in this week's Rossendale Free Press is one that I found inspirational to write. When it appeared in the Lancashire Telegraph it, as ever, had someone else's name on it, but the interview was definitely carried out by me - at The Old Library Waterfoot, a lovely place for a brew and a natter! Well done to Elliott - keep on helping others. ... See MoreSee Less

My second story in this weeks Rossendale Free Press is one that I found inspirational to write. When it appeared in the Lancashire Telegraph it, as ever, had someone elses name on it, but the interview was definitely carried out by me - at The Old Library Waterfoot, a lovely place for a brew and a natter! Well done to Elliott - keep on helping others.

Latest Articles

‘Rocketman’ saved my life

I have had to privilege this month of writing some incredibly inspirational stories, not least this one about Elliott who kicked his drug and alcohol habit after watching the biopic about Elton John's struggle with addiction. As part of a series of articles about the...

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40…50…80… Anniversaries Galore

In one week I was assigned to cover a 40th, 50th and 80th anniversaries which saw me hopping on a steam train, donning '60s dress and taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The 40th was the anniversary of Rossendale Talking Newspaper...

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Four months in and more national success

I'm late... I'm late... well just like the White Rabbit is Lewis Carroll's bizarre tale 'Alice in Wonderland' this post too is very late. I made myself a promise when I invested in my new website and oops I have already broken it. Once a month I will post a round up....

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Telling Millie’s story again

When I was told that Millie O'Shea had been diagnosed with cancer again I was devastated. I was the news editor of the Rossendale Free Press when I first learnt about Millie, she was only three then and had been diagnosed with a Wilm's Tumour and I met the family...

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Welcome To My New Look Website

I am delighted to be back! I certainly never went away, but my website went a dormant while this fantastic new one was being created. A huge thank you to Les Dundas Web Design Services for all the work he has put into creating this site. I am pleased that now viewers...

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Thank you for the business

A massive thank you to everyone who has employed me since January, this has been my busiest year to date. Without doubt the success I am most proud of is Fearns Chat, my flagship school newspaper, winning the national Shine Media Award for best newspaper in the...

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My Work with Schools

Ask a child to do a literacy lesson and they may roll their eyes, ask them to produce their own school newspaper and suddenly writing no longer seems such a chore.

I have developed a range of bespoke programmes designed to bring literacy lessons to life.

In a fun learning environment, the pupils produce an exciting end product – their own newspaper.

The paper is written in their own words, they write about what interests them and what they love about school. Their names appear as bylines on their work and they get to take their own photographs.

They become junior journalists for the day!

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