The journal of record for Corbynistas is advertising for a “Wealth Correspondent”. Are they thinking of launching an FT-style “How to spend it” section?
According to an email from Kath Viner (basic salary £340,000) they will cover “the wealth gap and the super-rich elite”. Sort of like “How they spend it”?
We are looking for a wealth correspondent to write news articles, features, liveblogs, interviews, background and other material on the wealth gap and the super-rich elite. Combining financial literacy with first-rate storytelling, you will generate exclusive news stories with national and international impact, focusing on the super-wealthy, their lives, their influence, and the impact they have on society.
Guido’s source inside King’s Place says “The wealth correspondent is a Corbyn correspondent by another name. Place has gone nuts for Corbyn. People like Freedland and Kettle are walking around in a daze.” Apparently when Corbyn came in the fan hysteria was worse even than when Benedict Cumberbatch visited…
It sounds like Guardian Pol Ed Patrick Wintour enjoyed flying with the PM back from Asia. The Speccie have the inside story from 35,000 feet:
“Wintour – who appeared to be enjoying the champagne on offer – decided the time had come for him to be a trolley dolly and assisted an air hostess by taking the other end of the trolley.
To the surprise of ministers on the plane, he made his way down the aisle putting ice and lemon in the cups, and getting drinks out of the drawers on his side of the trolley, repeatedly shouting ‘this is so easy’.”
Must have been the jet lag…
There’s been an outbreak of jingoistic fervour among media luvvies following yesterday’s announcement that Japan’s Nikkei bought the FT for £844 million.
First there was a glorious moment on Newsnight last night when Kirsty Wark felt the need to assure Will Hutton “I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all” as she questioned his line that foreign owners of British media might not have the correct “purpose“.
Wark: What you seem to be suggesting is, that there should be some kind of imperial protectionism here
Hutton: I’m not suggesting that at all, what I’m saying is…
Wark: I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all
This morning we have the odd declaration on the Guardian‘s front page that it is “British based” and “British owned“. Complete with a Union Jack Flag..
Odd when you consider that the Guardian wins its prized Pulitzers in the US and keeps its assets untaxed in the Cayman Islands…
The Guardian‘s weatherwatch blog has outdone itself with a scare piece warning that “the increasingly hot British sun is seen as a safety hazard” for children playing in the park.
“In America and Australia there are government health warnings to parents about the danger of their children getting burned on playground equipment that has been heated up in the summer sun…This has not been considered a hazard in England but it is now.
There is now a great deal of discussion between the local council, insurers and RoSPA, the accident prevention experts, on how to proceed now that the increasingly hot British sun is seen as a safety hazard on children’s play equipment.”
What a load of hot air…
New Guardian editor Kath Viner is making her mark at King’s Place. Busy news journalists were grateful for this urgent missive yesterday, reminding them of “one of the most important elements of… good journalism” – adding links to previous Guardian articles in your copy to game traffic. She is even naming and shaming hacks who don’t comply.
One of the easiest things everyone can do is link to other Guardian stories when writing a Guardian story.
It’s very simple (highlight the word; Apple K; paste in link) and yet is one of the most important elements of digital practice and good journalism. It gives readers context and background, and it drives traffic.
It’s especially relevant for reporters and writers; simply add as many relevant links as you can to previous articles (which may well include items you wrote yourself). Although desk editors and subs often help out after the fact, it’s not their responsibility — the person who wrote the story is best-placed to know the linkable items that will be most helpful to readers.
Ophan has a particular page to show the most-read pieces on a given day which contain no internal links. Here is yesterday’s list of shame.
If you’re unsure how to do it, feel free to have a discreet word with anyone on the desks, or Chris Moran.
Get linking please!
Newshounds breaking stories might unfairly sniff at Viner’s features background, but she is of course completely correct. You can read Guido’s past stories on the Guardian and Ms. Viner here and here…
There we all were enjoying the Guardian’s heatwave liveblog…
When disaster struck…
To make things worse, the air con at King’s Place packed in as well:
“There is currently a fault with the main chiller unit for the building.”
Staff have now been sent home:
Because of the heat we are having some problems with cooling key systems. We will be shutting down all systems at 4.15 today so please save everything and log off. We would like people to go home unless they are involved in the newspaper edition or the website. Please take home laptops in case we need people to work from home tomorrow. We will keep you updated so please keep checking emails and, if in doubt, talk to your line manager.
Remember to look out for vulnerable newspaper neighbours in this period of extreme weather…
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