Lyra McKee’s life was a gift to anyone who knew her

Lyra McKee’s life was a gift to anyone who knew her View Gallery
Lyra McKee: ‘Her ability to make time for everyone was extraordinary’ Picture: Jess Lowe/REX

My friend Lyra McKee was not only a brilliant journalist, but a fun, kind and loving person

The job mattered to Lyra McKee, including the silly bits. A few years back we were both speaking at an NUJ freelance forum, trying to give advice to journalists making their way through the business.

That she was still in her mid-20s didn’t matter. She had done more than anyone in the room, but she still understood the gig-to-gig struggle that came with being freelance.

For Lyra, the event was a handy way...

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