SPORTS NEWS: ‘Worst day of my life’ – Newsreader’s nightmare.
The night of September 15, 2005.
Newsreader Paul Johnson was sitting on the sofa in his home in Northampton when his mobile rang.
A phone call from his wife, Karen, a former journalist for the Daily Mail, had brought him news that his father, John, had died suddenly of cancer.
Newsreaders at his local sports shop were devastated.
They couldn’t believe the news.
‘The worst day of our lives,’ Johnson told Newsreader Chris Evans.
‘We’re not prepared to have it go away and I’ve had to go through that, and we can’t even say goodbye, but I’ve got to move on.’
Newsreader Karen was shocked to receive the phone call.
‘It’s the worst thing I’ve ever experienced, I’m in complete shock,’ she said.
News reader Paul Johnson in Northhampton, Lancashire, on September 14, 2005, where he works for the Evening Standard.
Newsreading is one of two skills he learnt in the 1950s.
News readers are responsible for picking out sports news in the Daily Mirror.
Karen Johnson with her husband, Peter, a Newsreader at their home in East Yorkshire.
News Readers are also the ‘sport gatherers’, sorting out news about football, rugby, cricket and other sport events, then sharing it on social media, usually with their family and friends.
But in the last two weeks, Newsreadrs have become a target for online trolls who have used the Twitter hashtag #newsreaders to mock them and call them names.
The number of people using the hashtag has grown by more than 80 per cent since the launch of the hashtag, meaning it has now been used by more people than any other sports term.
It is not clear why Newsreader Paul Johnson is being targeted.
Karen told Newsread: ‘I can’t believe it’s happened, it’s not something that’s normal, it just doesn’t feel right.
‘There are other sports people who work in sports who are doing the same thing and it’s something I have to accept.’
I know that I’m the only person who has been singled out, so I can’t really talk about it in my own words because I don’t want it to affect other people.
‘I’m really upset, but it’s very hard to feel sorry for someone who has done what I have.’
Newsreadings were once an important part of the daily life of sports fans.
They were often shared on the sports pages of newspapers, local papers and the local newspapers.
But the advent of the internet and social media have made it easier for trolls to manipulate newsreaders.
In the past week, a number of sports websites have taken advantage of the growing popularity of the term.
One of the most popular sports sites, the Daily Telegraph, has published a video about Newsread.
‘Newsreaders and their fans are a big part of our daily lives,’ the video says.
‘They’ve been with us for a long time.’
One of the things that is so hard about this is that it’s been around for quite some time, but now it’s a thing that people are actually using.’
In a video posted to YouTube on September 21, the website DailyMail.com also uses the term Newsread to refer to the Newsread method of reporting.
News readers at the Northampton Sports Centre in Northamptonshire.
A message left on Karen Johnson’s phone.
Newsreads have also been used as a punch line on Twitter.
In one video, a sports writer on Twitter is asked why he or she is writing about a Newsread article.
‘Oh, just to tell you the truth, it is the only way I can explain why I’m doing it,’ he said.
‘That’s the only thing I can do, because it’s so easy.
‘So I just put it on my Facebook and say, ‘Oh yeah, this is a way to explain why we’re doing it and I want to share it with everyone who has asked.’
The number for the BBC’s Newsread program has also risen in the past month.
‘In the last year, we’ve had an increase in the number of users who have reached out to us, because of the use of the phrase,’ the Newsreader programme manager, Michael Whelan, said.
One person tweeted a picture of a Newsreading poster at the BBC website.
‘Someone put up a poster on their own, asking us why we are doing it, asking why it’s important and we were like, ‘Well it’s just to get the word out, to tell people what is going on and how important it is to keep the sport alive,’ he added.
The rise in use of #newsreads also highlights the problems