Published – Elijah/Derker

29 Jun

The Big Issue in the North has published a story on Elijah, a 90-year-old widower from Derker whose house is to be demolished, despite building in the area being put on hold. This has been one of the most frustrating stories of my professional career in terms of getting it into the public domain. I know it is a strong story but it was taken, sat on – and then subsequently ‘spiked’ – by two national newspapers in the month leading up to Eli’s 90th birthday. I don’t know why they decided not to use it. Regeneration stories are sadly not easy to sell.

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