This one’s for you, old friend

You wake, cocooned in the bedsheet that has sprung loose from the mattress. It is as if your sheets themselves know you have nothing better to do than curl up in bed all day.

Some toast — with marmite, no butter — is accompanied by a glass of orange juice…

What are some foolproof ways of ensuring you get the most out of sources?

On the first day of my journalism course at News Associates, we were sent out to find a news story in the local area. …

Have you got what it takes?

Anyone who has ever thought seriously about writing for a living has probably heard the expression credited to the American author and Nobel Prize laureate, William Faulkner: “In writing you must kill all your darlings.” But what does it mean?

As I wrote in this article for The Writing Cooperative

Sometimes it’s OK to take a step back and just breathe

TW: Assault, abuse

It’s 10:13pm and despite my aim of always working one week ahead with this newsletter so that it gives me a chance to self-edit, I find myself sitting in my childhood bedroom surrounded by the candles that I’ve lit to mark the tragic and untimely death of…

Translating Jane Austen’s Linguistic Consciousness Through Time

It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a distinctive stylist. Austen’s use of language is, as critics such as Graham Hough and D. A. Miller stress, one of the most characteristic aspects of her work, contributing in critical ways to her nuanced production of meaning (1970…

René Magritte is turning in his grave

Album title: This is not a mix tape.

Genre: Generic Spotify ‘Indie’

This is not a mixtape, this is a selection of songs chosen by someone who says she’s not like the other girls but then listens to exactly the same music that every other indie Twitter kid was listening…

I’m living at home with my parents in Sheffield at the moment, and every day my Mum comes home from work and asks ‘Have you had any £1,000 commissions today?’. I wish, Mum. …

Before last year, I had plenty of unpaid journalism experience but just one paid byline. As I said in my 2020 review, I think being part of several WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook journalist groups/groupchats is what’s galvanised me into making a real go of this whole freelancing thing.

If you’re…

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a global pandemic

I didn’t send any pitches this week. Truth be told I’ve been feeling a little burnt out — every time I tick something off my ‘to-do’ list I end up adding three more ‘life admin’ tasks to the list. The result is a constant low-level anxiety that there’s so much…

But because it’s Valentine’s Day, here’s some stuff I love

When I saw that this week’s newsletter fell on Valentine’s Day, I debated skating over the subject altogether. After all, it’s a commercial holiday that plenty of people choose not to observe-why should a journalism newsletter feel compelled to tackle the almighty subject that is love?

Truth be told, despite…

Beth Kirkbride

The Indiependent Founder, NCTJ qualified journalist, Oxford University grad. Interested in tech, political communication & data ethics. Tweets: @BettyKirkers

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