Dan Jones has been the Consumer Editor at the Sun for more than a decade, next week he starts as the Consumer Affairs and Technology Editor at the Mail on Sunday.
Yesterday, he spoke exclusively to MHP + Mischief’s James Rollinson at a breakfast event at the Ivy Club in Soho.
His top tips:
It’s not just the Mail on Sunday that is focusing on the cost-of-living crisis, writes Alan Tovey the former Industry Editor of the Daily Telegraph who has joined MHP + Mischief’s Capital Markets team.
The Daily Telegraph business desk wants at least one personal finance story on the front page each week and the Sun says personal finance stories are regularly the most read stories online.
This demonstrates the power of stories about what is hitting people’s pockets. The BBC has gone even further, renaming its Business and Economics unit to Money and Work as it decamps to Salford.
The new name is deliberate. You don’t talk about business and economics in the pub, but you do discuss work and money, which as ever is the key to any good news story.
In a 15-minute leaving speech, MailOnline chief Martin Clarke revealed he ‘thought he was being shafted’ when he was given the role, writes former Daily Mail news editor Keith Gladdis.
Many at Northcliffe House were shocked when Clarke announced he was leaving after 13 years in charge of the website, but there were a few raised eyebrows when he joked.
“Being an editor does make you a monster, or in my case more of a monster.”
Next week the quietly brilliant and non-monster like Danny Groom will become Acting Global Editor.
The shake-up at ITV News will lead to major new opportunities to pitch stories to them. Part of their new hour-long evening news programme will have a dedicated slot from 7pm to do more longer-form exclusive pieces. They are interested in all sorts of stories but ITV is a very consumer-focused in their coverage so there should be a human interest angle – it has to mean something to real people.
Also, as Covid restrictions come to an end broadcast and print media outlets have quietly declared Covid dead and so is their coverage of it. Health journalists at The Sun, The Telegraph, Daily Mail and the ITV News have this week all told us their organisations are no longer interested in stories about the pandemic. They instead want to people focused human interest health stories and to explore all the topics that have been ignored while their attention was elsewhere over the last two years.
It was claimed Maitlis and Sopel were frustrated at the BBC’s impartiality rules or simply wanted more money. Perhaps what motivated them more was the chance to work again with Dino Sofos and his podcast production company.
But what is the future for another podcast star Laura Kuenssberg? Her stint as Political Editor ends at Easter. Friends say she’s keen to ease off the daily news agenda and focus on documentaries. If the BBC can’t create a vehicle for Laura, one of the producers she rates the highest is…Dino Sofos.
Entries are now open for 30toWatch 2022 Young Journalist Awards.
Previous winners include the Sun’s Political Editor Harry Cole, Sophy Ridge of Sky News and Ollie Shah the Associate Editor at The Sunday Times, writes Keith Gladdis.
This year our judging panel will be led by Richard Sambrook the former Director of News at the BBC. He will be joined by top journalists including Pete Clifton the Editor in Chief of PA Media and former 30toWatch winners including John Stevens the Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail, Kat Lay the Health Editor at the Times and Peter Campbell of the Financial Times.