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 country.

At Rossendale Business Awards, my business was a runner up in the Sole Trader category and together with Liz Henson of Liz Henson Photography, as Snapper and Hack we picked up the Rossendale Free Press Award for corporate social responsibility for our fundraising antics for Rossendale Hospice in the summer.

2019 promises to continue where 2018 has left off. I have worked for three high schools producing press and PR stories, two alternative education providers producing half-termly school newspapers, two primary schools running weekly after school clubs to create termly newspapers and more than 30 ad hoc clients writing about a vast range of subjects.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year and thank everyone for employing me. Photo Liz Henson Photography


It has been year of unusual jobs and achievements.

Designing the leaflet, posters and certificates for Bacup Pride’s Flowerpot Festival.

Writing bespoke articles about the possibility of a commuter rail link being restored to Rossendale.

Interviewing an author in front of around 120 people about her book on a murder – soon the tables will be turned and I will be the person being interviewed about my book about the murder of Sophie Lancaster. On that note seeing my book was listed as the number one bestselling Kindle crime book in Australia in December.

Working on three business awards: Rossendale, Hyndburn and now Ribble Valley.

Producing a paper in a day with students at Rossendale Works – the careers fair organised by Rossendale Council.

Winning two national awards for school newspapers – Best newspaper and Best front cover for Fearns Chat 2017 along with producing the 10th Fearns Chat.

Completing a series of personal interviews with young people who have been helped by the M3 Project.

Retaining all my contracts with three high schools, Veterans In Communities and Rossendale’s biggest business JJO.

Keeping the news pages busy with more than 100 page leads in different publications and hundreds of more stories that have appeared both in print or online and I have arranged for several clients to be interviewed on the radio.

All cuttings and news articles that have their source in my pen are featured on my business page on Facebook please like Catherine Smyth Media.

Thank you one and all.