This week I went along to a briefing with Ted Young, Editor of free national newspaper Metro. In a jam-packed Barbican Centre in London, there was standing room only as Ted discussed his vast experience in both writing and editing for major titles like MailOnline, The Sun and London Lite – and offered an insight into the day in the life of a national editor.
Among his most notable points was that print media was still very much alive and that he very much believes that newspapers are still the most “mobile” form of news. As well as discussing the daily editorial process, Ted talked about how the paper loves to get creative for a cause, citing last year’s successful edition of the Metro which was taken over by the rainbow laces campaign to kick out homophobia – where colourful laces wrapped the mast head and articles within the paper. He also spoke of his passion for running Metro and providing quality content as if it was a paid-for publication; when asked on his first day in the role a year ago, he told staff that if he had to describe where he wanted Metro to be in three words, they would be “I’d buy that”.
Thanks to Gorkana for hosting the event!