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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And finally for this week's Rossendale Free Press cuttings... when Valley at Work and Rossendale Council held a joint event and asked dessert guru James Averdieck along I was also asked to cover the event with words while Liz Henson Photography provided the pictures. Two stories - Rossendale Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph. ... See MoreSee Less

And finally for this weeks Rossendale Free Press cuttings... when Valley at Work and Rossendale Council held a joint event and asked dessert guru James Averdieck along I was also asked to cover the event with words while Liz Henson Photography provided the pictures. Two stories - Rossendale Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph.Image attachment

I was delighted to be invited to judge this competition for my good friends at Bacup Natural History Society & Museum... I always try to inspire young writers so if you want to have a go please put pen to paper but note - I cannot be bribed!! ... See MoreSee Less

I was delighted to be invited to judge this competition for my good friends at Bacup Natural History Society & Museum... I always try to inspire young writers so if you want to have a go please put pen to paper but note - I cannot be bribed!!

Story number three in this week's Rossendale Free Press is for Citizens' Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn. What an amazing charity helping so many people. ... See MoreSee Less

Story number three in this weeks Rossendale Free Press is for Citizens Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn. What an amazing charity helping so many people.

Latest Articles

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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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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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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