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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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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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!