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Tributes to Belfast journalist and lecturer Anita Cochrane

The late Anita Cochrane, who has died at the age of 49.
Ryan McAleer

TRIBUTES have been paid to Belfast-based journalist and lecturer Anita Cochrane who died aged 49.

A talented writer and broadcaster, the north Belfast woman spent 17 years based at the BBC with CSV Media, providing training in journalism and radio production, and contributing to various projects across the BBC.

In a career closely intertwined with the arts scene, she helped organise the Belfast Arts Festival at Queens, wrote a newspaper arts column and was a presenter on 89FM.

In the past five years, she lectured students in audio media at Belfast Metropolitan College.

Her sister Lucy Cochrane said the family have been overwhelmed by the number of tributes and messages of support in recent days.

“Everybody said she just lit up a room. She was so funny and friendly and everyone really got on with her. You couldn’t say anything negative about her.”

Lucy said she had always been inspired by her sister’s talent and passion for her work.

“She had such an inventive style of delivery and she just put everything into it.

“She brought all her skills and gave them to students and sent them off equipped. It was always about other people and what she could do for them.

“Her warmth and affection was felt widely, she packed so much into her life and much of that was involving others she was a mentor a listener and a friend.”

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