Buyer beware – cheap deals can be costly

Cheap copywriters can cost you more. As with so many other purchases, money saved on buying the cheapest writers out there is often a false economy. You then end up having to shell out again to hire someone competent to get the work done properly. In other words: “Buy cheap, buy twice.”  The hidden costs can come to more than just rewriting bad copy too, especially if the writer hasn’t kept up to date with our ever-changing and increasingly complex media law.

Quality seldom comes cheap
Penny wise, pound foolish?

You may be able to find cheaper writers (although WYC rates are very competitive), but the hard-earned reputation of your brand could be at stake through sloppy content, your web presence could be harmed by out-of-date SEO practices like keyword stuffing, and an incompetent writer could even cause you costly lawyers’ bills.   read more

Bitcoin: will the bubble burst?

Bitcoin frenzy: human thumbs popping bubblewrap
Will the Bitcoin bubble burst or keep inflating?

Suddenly everyone is an expert on Bitcoin after the cryptocurrency surged past the $10,0000 mark this week, peaking at $11,000 before tumbling down to $9,442 at the time of writing. Not bad for a currency that started the year valued at $1,000.

Amid all the feeding frenzy, there is no shortage of advice by self-appointed experts on this cyberspace gold rush. There are essentially two camps – in the blue corner, we have the conventional market traders who are trash talking this upstart currency; while in the red, we have the Bitcoin traders who are keen to drum up new business. read more

Murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is buried

With a few honourable exceptions, such as the Channel 4 News team and The Guardian’s Nick Davies, much of the British corporate media has been reduced to churnalism and unchallenged repetition of government and corporate spin over the past couple of decades.

So the funeral of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in a car bombing while she was investigating corruption surrounding the Panama Papers, serves as a poignant reminder that there are still journalists out there who put their lives on the line to protect the public’s right to know what is going on in high places.