Here’s a very brief guide to how local journalists do their job.
They claim that they’re overworked and underpaid and that they “hold many of Bristol’s decision-makers accountable on a daily basis“. Ho, ho, ho.
Here’s a press release from the PA published on Tuesday:
Jamelia getting engaged to Byfield
Pop star Jamelia has announced her engagement to footballer Darren Byfield.
“I’m completely over the moon. Darren proposing was a real surprise but I’m totally delighted. I can’t stop smiling!” the 26-year-old said.
The Superstar singer threw a surprise birthday party for Bristol City player Byfield in Birmingham after performing at London’s Olympia.
But the real surprise was to come as Byfield got down on one knee and popped the question in front of family and friends.
The couple have been dating for three years and have a daughter, Tiani, who turns two later this month.
They briefly split over the summer but were soon back together.
Jamelia also has a six-year-old daughter, Teja, from a previous relationship.
The singer is about to start work on her fourth solo album and this December will perform at Nelson Mandela’s World Aids Day concert in South Africa.
She recently became the face of the Model.Me haircare range alongside models Helena Christensen and Erin O’Connor.
And here’s a story on the BBC Bristol website the following day:
Jamelia to wed footballer Byfield
Pop star Jamelia has announced she is to marry footballer Darren Byfield after the couple briefly broke up in the summer. “I’m completely over the moon. Darren proposing was a real surprise but I’m totally delighted. I can’t stop smiling,” said the 26-year-old.
The Bristol City player, 31, proposed at a surprise birthday party the singer had thrown for him on Sunday.
The couple have been together for three years and have a two-year-old daughter.
She also has a six-year-old daughter, Teja, from a previous relationship.
Jamelia, whose hits include Superstar, is about to start work on her fourth solo album.
She has also been lined up to perform at Nelson Mandela’s World Aids Day concert in South Africa.
Now, to the untrained eye it looks awfully like the BBC have copied out the PA release, put the lines in a different order and published it as their own without crediting the source. That’s not journalism is it? It’s typewriting! And theft!
Surely a publicly funded organisation that says it’s “the most trusted news organisation in the world” and claims to recruit the brightest and the best wouldn’t dare do anything so shamelessly, lazy and dishonest.