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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My second story in this week's Rossendale Free Press is written in part by me as I was at Haslingden High School at just the right time to chat to Neve. ... See MoreSee Less

My second story in this weeks Rossendale Free Press is written in part by me as I was at Haslingden High School at just the right time to chat to Neve.

I have three stories in this week's Rossendale Free Press and the first is a sad story about JJO worker Ronnie. ... See MoreSee Less

I have three stories in this weeks Rossendale Free Press and the first is a sad story about JJO worker Ronnie.

Award winning Coal Clough News Issue 12 is finished, my last school newspaper of the academic year.
Well done Chloe and Demi you worked very hard and thank you to Tanita for volunteering to help 🙂
But great news - I have been kept on by the school so I will be back again in October!
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And finally, here's my last story in this week's Rossendale Free Press and well done gymnast Tegan, from Haslingden High School. ... See MoreSee Less

And finally, heres my last story in this weeks Rossendale Free Press and well done gymnast Tegan, from Haslingden High School.

Fourth of five stories in the Rossendale Free Press for Haslingden High School and well done dancer Isla. ... See MoreSee Less

Fourth of five stories in the Rossendale Free Press for Haslingden High School and well done dancer Isla.

Latest Articles

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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Teenager comes to fall woman’s aid

This would have ordinarily been a Good Samaritan story however it developed into much more when, even though 15-year-old Millie was helping a pensioner, a man chose to criticise her school. Head Girl at Fearns Community Sports College had done what other passersby...

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Wonderful Weir

This is a complete departure from my normal work blog, I took this photograph to illustrate the amazing work being carried out by volunteers in my home village. This was a voluntary piece of work to praise the dedicated members of Weir Pride, a community group set up...

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Soup Social for M3 Project

Homeless charity M3 Project set up a fundraising idea to encourage people to host a Big Soup Social to get people together and raise money and awareness of the organisation. I have worked for M3 for several years to raise awareness of the charity and I specialise in...

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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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