I occasionally freelance in PR and from time to time contribute to various newspapers and magazines. I also lecture around Europe on the role of PR in the press, and the ethics of PR and journalism: “You can’t believe everything you read in the papers.” Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and spills into ‘real’ news. Here, the near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported. By taking a brief look at the history of modern journalism, and using real examples taken from recent headlines, Michael Marshall will show why you really, really can’t believe everything you read in the papers. Michael Marshall is the co-founder and vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and appears on the “Skeptics with a K” and “Be Reasonable” podcasts. Besides organising national and international campaigns against homeopathy, he writes about the often-unsuspected role of PR in modern media. Michael has written for The Times, The Guardian and The New Statesman, and has lectured for Journalism students at Sheffield Hallam University. He was described by PR Week as a 'fucking brilliant' and was also once rather amusingly called a series of very rude words by self-proclaimed psychic Joe Power. If you’d like me to speak for you, write for you or (heaven forfend) work for you, I can be contacted via email at or on 07841134309.


Posts by Marsh

Have your say on NHS Homeopathy funding in the Wirral

FebruaryEurope/LondonbTue, 23 Feb 2016 11:51:42 +0000000000amTue, 23 Feb 2016 11:51:42 +000016 23, 2016 - 11:51

Why eating bugs will soon become the new normal – Jenny Josephs

FebruaryEurope/LondonbTue, 09 Feb 2016 12:44:19 +0000000000pmTue, 09 Feb 2016 12:44:19 +000016 9, 2016 - 12:44

Why vapers think e-cigarettes will lead to the end of cigarettes, and why their optimism may be misplaced – Robin Ireland

FebruaryEurope/LondonbMon, 08 Feb 2016 23:30:13 +0000000000pmMon, 08 Feb 2016 23:30:13 +000016 8, 2016 - 23:30

No Turn Unstoned: The harms and benefits of recreational drugs – Suzi Gage

FebruaryEurope/LondonbMon, 08 Feb 2016 23:27:22 +0000000000pmMon, 08 Feb 2016 23:27:22 +000016 8, 2016 - 23:27

Merseyside Skeptics Society raises £260 for Young Legal Aid Lawyers Liverpool

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Heresy to Witchcraft: Politics and the Creation of the Witch as an anti-social outsider – Deborah Hyde

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