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Media Directory Entry: Rory Cassidy
I SUPPLY words and pictures to national and local papers, particularly The Scottish Sun, Daily Record, Sunday Mail, The Scottish Sun – Sunday, Scottish Daily Express, Daily Star of Scotland, Evening Times, The Herald, The Gazette, Barrhead News, Greenock Telegraph and Paisley Daily Express.
I have a particular interest in the justice system and the organisations involved in the administration of justice – the police, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Court Service, Social Work Department, etc, etc.
I am also really interested in the administration of justice itself from victims who never get justice because court cases collapse due to legal technicalities, to those whose horrendous experiences are wiped from reality by behind-closed-doors plea deals struck between crafty defence lawyers and the representatives of a prosecuting authority which is target-obsessed and resource-poor.
Everyone has a voice and I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to have their voice heard. If I can help people to do that, great.
I am primarily a court/crime reporter, but am also experienced at writing straight news, music, sport, features, satire, opinion, celebrity – you name it.
I’ve worked as a full-time court reporter (Sheriff and High Court), managed a news desk, subbed and edited a regional weekly crime mag, ran said magazine’s online presence, door-knocked killers, interviewed drug dealers and photographed torturers.
Whilst on undercover investigations, I have posed as a homeless person, impersonated a wannabe Army recruit, portrayed a construction worker, and turned over heroin and crack cocaine dealers.
Regularly shift with the Sunday Mail and The Gazette.
Spend the majority of my time covering Paisley Sheriff Court but also go to Glasgow Sheriff and the High Courts in Glasgow and Edinburgh on occasion.
There isn’t a door in the world I won’t knock on to get a story. Lost count of the amount of times I have either been told where to go or been chased down a street (or both) but the best story of your life could be behind the next door…
Available for whatever needs doing.