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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Hot off the press!
It is booked. On Monday June 3 retired detective Garry Gluyas will be interviewing me about my book on the murder of Sophie Lancaster at Haslingden High School Sixth Form Theatre.
Tickets will be £5 and the event will raise money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Sylvia will be present and the event is being organised with her co-operation.
Doors will open at 7pm with a start time of 7.30pm and the event will close at 9pm. If you want tickets let me know and as soon as they are available I will let you know. Photo Liz Henson Photography
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Hot off the press!
It is booked. On Monday June 3 retired detective Garry Gluyas will be interviewing me about my book on the murder of Sophie Lancaster at Haslingden High School Sixth Form Theatre.
Tickets will be £5 and the event will raise money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Sylvia will be present and the event is being organised with her co-operation.
Doors will open at 7pm with a start time of 7.30pm and the event will close at 9pm. If you want tickets let me know and as soon as they are available I will let you know. Photo Liz Henson Photography

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2 tickets for us please

Yes please.

No Big Issue sellers in Burnley 🙁 still looking... but I was sent the pages and tomorrow I shall see if I can find a seller in Blackburn as I will be accompanying the Cubs to make their radio debut on BBC Radio Lancashire. ... See MoreSee Less

No Big Issue sellers in Burnley :( still looking... but I was sent the pages and tomorrow I shall see if I can find a seller in Blackburn as I will be accompanying the Cubs to make their radio debut on BBC Radio Lancashire.

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The one in Burnley used to be outside Mark's n Spencer's side entrance

So tomorrow I go in search of a Big Issue seller... Burnley me thinks! ... See MoreSee Less

So tomorrow I go in search of a Big Issue seller... Burnley me thinks!

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I see her every week. She's a lovely person.

Ours in Rawtenstall is always there on a Saturday Catherine. Marissa, been here six years 🙂

And finally well done to the climbing students from Whitworth Community High School living up to their school's motto 'Climbing Higher'. Here's my story in the Rossendale Free Press... cutting number six out of six. ... See MoreSee Less

And finally well done to the climbing students from Whitworth  Community High School living up to their schools motto Climbing Higher. Heres my story in the Rossendale Free Press... cutting number six out of six.

Latest Articles

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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UPDATED School Newspaper WINS National Media Final

Unashamedly proud. It is fair to say that pretty much sums up my feelings and this story. WE WON. In 2009, when I was the News Editor at the Rossendale Free Press I made a suggestion to the editor that the paper work with a high school to produce a newspaper. There...

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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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