E04: Jennifer Williams, Social Affairs Editor
Jennifer Williams covers political and social affairs news at the Manchester Evening News, as Social Affairs Editor. She’s broken important stories around failings of the National Health Service in the northwest of the UK, as well as coverage of the ‘spice’ drug problem haunting Manchester’s homeless population.
In this episode, we talk about how she got into journalism, how a personal interest in politics helped her get to do what she loves now, and how she’d tell her past self to just knuckle down and learn shorthand. We also talk about some of the ethics of the role of journalists, the impact of social media, and how ‘papers of record’ are potentially becoming a thing of the past.