Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Telegraph Media Group’s business section focus:

  • “If you’re trying to engage a subscription audience online, how can you bring them back? What can you do as a journalist that is worth paying for?”
  • Sunday-type journalism throughout the week, features that are worth reading all the time, in-depth, exclusives
  • Old style: the business section was a conduit for market data
  • Now, our job is to be more ambitious and be more journalistic, find and break stories and get inside things in a way that’s serving the readers rather than our sources or the market
  • Basic philosophy: doing journalism on the front foot
  • The Telegraph is a liberal newspaper – doesn’t tell other people what to do
  • Interested in trends, explaining it to people and finding out what’s going on
  • Counter-intuitive, but there is less usable useful space online (that people will see) than there is in print – shape of a smart-phone or website - 20 slots to fill, in print 30 (per day).

Daily routine:

Telegraph business section works across 7 days, including the Sunday edition

  • 7am - Team get up for the 7am Regulatory News Service (RNS) drop
  • 9am - news meeting
  • 10am - Features and comment meeting with the Editor, decide which are the 2 things to go in depth on today, who the 3 columnists are and their subjects
  • 10.30am - news meeting - Business Editor & Business News Editor present the list as they see it at that stage of the day, typically by this point trying to push lines that are exclusive, setting reporters off on jobs
  • 3pm - decide what's going where - all meetings are digital lead, paper is still important but not the most
  • 5.30pm - go through the pages

Alongside this, the Sunday newspaper starts on a Tuesday, commission features, then on Thursday go through the news listFriday - work on both Saturday and Sunday edition.