Don’t give your kid tomato soup and other things I learned working with the media

This week has been crazy, manic, exciting and a whole heap of fun and best of all I got to share it with my family.

I’ve been very busy supporting the NSPCC to help parents to become #shareaware.  To be able to champion such an important message for a charity close to my heart has been an absolute honour and privilege.

It all started Tuesday morning when Little Pudding and I went to meet the the lovely Claire in the NSPCC Nottingham  office.  We had a great chat, did a few photos and recorded some sound bites. Easy peasy!  She asked me if I would consider getting involved in some local media coverage and I’m like sure, why not?  In for a penny, in for a pound is what I always say.

Well things went from 0-60 in no time at all. The next morning an interview was booked with the Nottingham Post and BBC East Midlands Today were coming to my house to film me and Teen in the afternoon.

on tvDuring these slots I had a call from NSPCC media team in London.  They wondered if I’d be interested in supporting their media campaign nationally.

Now opportunities like this do not come along every day, and I really wanted to help the NSPCC get the message out about keeping children safe online.  Being asked to be their parent voice was exciting for me personally and as a blogger, as this is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Unfortunately with all the tragic and awful events that unfolded in Paris, I was not able to support the campaign on national TV, which was a shame for the NSPCC and the campaign.  I was able to support the campaign with an interview for the Independent Radio stations and appear in features in the national press though.

It’s been so fast paced I have learned that if you want to work with the broadcast media you have to be flexible and upbeat.  Going with the flow is the only approach.  I was literally packed  and leaving the house when I was told my interview for the BBC was cancelled.

We had a press photographer turn up another day.  Princess had demanded wanted tomato soup for lunch.  This was clearly for the purpose of smearing all over her face and top.

Suffering from an anticlimax moment, after having an interview postponed, I failed to scrub said tomato soup from toddlers face and as a result there is an interesting picture of us both I’m the local paper.   I would definitely ask to vet photos if I was to do this again.  I’m sure he picked the worse one, with all my chins out and a grimacing child. If ever there was a time for some airbrushing it was now.

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If I’m lucky enough to get another opportunity like this, I won’t feed my child tomato soup and if there is any talk of a National TV appearance I won’t tweet, post, text or similar until I’m actually sat in front of the camera and someone says ‘Action’.

Am I disappointed, not in the slightest.  I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and that may come up, and I have loved supporting the campaign and making new relationships.  If you ever get asked to be involved with anything like this, do it!  It’s great experience and so worthwhile too.


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  1. January 13, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    So wonderful darling and I honestly wouldn’t have noticed the tomato soup at all (which incidentally I’ve got a recipe for, on my blog today)! You are brilliant championing such a vital cause and regional press is still hugely important. Such a tragedy what has been happening in Paris. Heart breaking.

    Sorry you weren’t able to make national TV, as a director I always remember changes in the edit arising and with scheduling too so I am still cautious now until things are live or out there, when it comes to sharing.

    There are PR pieces that need to go up before the final launch of course. Don’t feel bad, you’ve shared the message, done a cracking job of working on a vital campaign and here’s to lots more opportunities for 2015, you are soaring my friend. Thanks for linking up x
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  2. January 13, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Hi lovely,

    Loved this so much, even though it’s a shame you didn’t get to take part in the NSPCC campaign. I think you look beautiful & so does your little one, especially since you both look beyond happy. I would never have guessed the drama behind the smiles. LOL!

    When I read the title I actually thought you had discovered some hidden hideous secret about tomato soup and kids, when in fact you had discovered a far more real and horrendous truth about the combination. Haha!

    Sal xxx
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  3. January 14, 2015 / 11:13 am

    This is amazing, well done Zena! As you say, such a worthy cause and a very important subject which is close to my heart too. Loving the tomato soup smiles 😉 x
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  4. January 14, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Wow what a great experience and opportunity too. Amazing lady!!! Great post. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Sorry if you had any trouble commenting on my site today as the host is being transferred there are a few glitches to fix. Apologies. #sharewithme
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  5. January 15, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! What a great cause and an opportunity to support it! That’s what I love about blogging, it gives you the voice!! Top tips about the soup and by the way you look gorgeous – don’t but yourself down like that. #BrilliantBlogPosts xxx
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  6. January 15, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    good on you for spreading the word about a great cause! the pictures lovely I didn’t notice the tomato soup chops until I read! x
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  7. January 16, 2015 / 11:27 am

    I love the tomato soup. I had a similar bad experience when local press turned up really early when I first started blogging, I didn’t think they wanted pictures of Joe, but then he walked in, all bouncing curls and they decided they did – he was only in his dressing gown – hence very interesting pictures in the press.

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  8. January 16, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Amazing opportunity to help something that you believe in. Congratulations on this =) #brillblogposts
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  9. January 18, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    I think that the photo makes you look like a lovely, normal family – something I think that it is important to promote with this campaign. Well done for all you are doing to support something so worthwhile. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo
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  10. January 18, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Such a great opportunity. Well done Zena. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky
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  11. January 18, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful experience and for such a fantastic cause. Your work with local media, radio and national features is a great platform to be on and for you to share your voice – well done you. As for the tomato soup and the photographer choosing the ‘worse photo’ well to me you just like most of us “real” mums doing our day job – happy!
    Well done xx
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  12. January 19, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Way to go, that is great for you, i followed the updates on facebook, shame about the interview on tv but maybe they’ll ask you back one day, I had a little giggle about the tomato soup!! #binkylinky
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