The beauty of our business is that you never know who’s going to be on the other end of the phone when it rings. Even if most of the time it’s a blathering PR or a moaning councillor, there are times when the call is rather more meaningful.
So the Swindon Evening Advertiser’s Barrie Hudson discovered – not for the first time – last week when he found himself talking to a suicidal man threatening to jump from a building.His skilful handling of the situation helped bring the man down safely.
Journalism probably isn’t going to make you rich.
But, as Hudson and the man he saved know, it can be the best job in the world