Who is Fleet Street Fox?
Journalist, newspaper columnist and blogger Fleet Street Fox is always willing to give her forthright opinion on breaking news and how journalism works.
She shared her colourful stories with students at Brighton Journalist Works in April, and returns to offer her wisdom to the latest intake of NCTJ students on Monday, October 1.
Foxy’s career began at her local newspaper at 18 – from the age of 14 she pestered for work experience and a job – before moving on to national titles ranging from tabloids to broadsheets.
Students will learn what it’s really like to face complaints, abuse and hear noises no one should ever hear from a soap opera star.
Foxy has a few handy tips on working with a raging hangover and how not to crash a nuclear submarine.
Her blog and Mirror column is a must read for any newshound as she picks apart leading news and controversy.
In a recent column for The Mirror, Foxy lays into the paps who took photographs of the Duchess of Cornwall in a piece titled: Why Kate Middleton Closer topless pictures are a continent apart from Harry’s naked Vegas escapade
“One knew they were being pictured, the other didn’t.
“Harry’s pictures were sold by someone who woke up with a hangover, flicked through their phone and thought ‘wow’. Kate’s were planned, sought, and stolen by a professional.
“But is it worse if your privacy is invaded by a stranger, or someone you’ve got drunk with?”
Writing about Hillsborough disaster on the Fleet Street Fox blog, she used powerful language and the horrific image from the front page of the Mirror published on the Monday after the tragedy.
Commenters commended her for the piece Hooligan (n.): A rough, lawless person.
“The anger I feel cannot be put into words, I was at the other semi final that day. You put it into words for me. Kudos.”
“This is one of the most powerful pieces of journalism I have ever read.”
When it comes down to it, her fans think Foxy rocks.
Now Brighton Journalist Works students are very excited to hear about a life in journalism from directly from Foxy herself.
Melita Kiely is a an avid reader:
“I’ve been reading Fleet Street Fox’s blog for a while now and I like how incredibly opinionated, descriptive and witty she can be in her writing.
“Reporting for a newspaper leaves little to no room for opinions and it is refreshing and insightful to read about the topical news stories that Fleet Street Fox covers, the stance she takes on them and her reasons for doing so.
“You are definitely left with food for thought after reading her posts.”
Gareth Davies‘ imagination is running wild:
“The anonymity aspect is intriguing and bears a resemblance to ‘the secret footballer’ – if he/she/it is anywhere near as interesting as the secret footballer I’m sure we’re in for a treat.
“I’m anticipating a talk by a woman wearing an elaborate fox mask. I’m also preparing myself for disappointment in that regard.”
Puja Tirwari likes Foxy’s way with words:
“I think Fleet Street Fox has a way of bringing to light current issues in an amusing and unconventional way.
“I love how she weaves her words, starting out indirectly at first and then gradually transitioning into the subject.
“What I anticipate the most are the hilarious pictures at the end of every post.
“Her scope on different issues is refreshing and gives the reader something to ponder about.”
Jamie Walker likes a strong woman:
“I enjoy reading her blogs because I love how opinionated she is, she is very passionate about her work and has a lot of opinions about world events which is important for a journalist.
“Obviously it is difficult to give your opinion as a journalist but that is why her blog is so enjoyable.
“Her opinion is so strong and really makes the reader think about the issues being discussed.”
Student Emily Noszkay described Foxy’s previous visit in the blog post 43 and never been spanked – don’t read this:
“She jumped feet first into the blood-thirsty jaws of Fleet Street and worked her way around several high-profile tabloids. She got married, travelled the world, wrote a book, became a twitter phenomenon, hacked her husband’s phone, heard Denise Welch reach an orgasm and got divorced. Although, not in that order.
“While this was all very entertaining, and provided me with my favourite quote of the year so far: “I hacked my husband’s phone but he was shagging a fat bitch, so that’s ok.”
“The real message we got, although littered with unprintable words, was that the highs of being a journo completely out-weighed the lows.
“Fleet Street Fox told us we would be treated like second class citizens, called liars, have no employee rights, exposed to sexism and people would never understand why we wanted to do our job.
“If we hadn’t of been too scared to try to leave, a good portion of us probably would have. However her next point made us feel more like we could reach our dreams, albeit with a strong drink.
“We were regaled with stories of deaths, births, scandals, expenses, sex, sex, bad breath, sex, and why we would hate our job most days.
“However, the glimmering hope was that we would not only be witnessing the events that everyone wanted to know about but would be writing that every one would be reading.”
Fleet Street Fox has her own range of t-shirts and mugs. The latest addition is a ‘proud to be a pleb‘ mug.