Monday, December 08, 2008

Coming home

I don't often write about my "real world" career on this blog, but this little announcement today seems worthy of mention. As the story says, I've been doing the job in an acting capacity for nearly six months so it's great to have it made official.

A colleague recently said that this job seemed like a bit of a "homecoming" to journalism for me after a few years doing different sorts of new media stuff. The truth is it's not an entirely journalistic role - there's a fair bit of commercial stuff in there too - but it's certainly the most journalist-y job I've had since I was political editor of The Journal.

Editing HoldtheFrontPage was a role I'd quietly fancied for some time, while never really expecting it to become available, so I'm really pleased to get the opportunity. After 22 years in the industry, I feel I know it pretty well by now, so hopefully I'll be able to bring some of that experience to bear in our coverage.

Now that I'll be writing about the media on a full-time basis I would expect to see more journalism-related stuff on this blog from time to time, in particular the interplay between politics and journalism which is an area which has always fascinated me. But I'll still be keeping in touch with political developments via my Journal column so hopefully things won't change too much!

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The Daily Pundit said...

Congratulations and good luck in the new role.

Toque said...

Ditto the above, well done.

David Gladwin said...

Back to the old house, then?

More congratulations, from all at Gladwin Towers.

Paul Linford said...


As the man said:

I would love to go
Back to the old house
But I never will
I never will ...
I never will ...
I never will ...

David Gladwin said...


You mean...?

I never, never want to go home,
Because I haven't got one

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Paul!

If you ever have any spare time, I'd be very interested in your thoughts on 'Flat Earth News' by Nick Davies.

Paul Linford said...

David - no I don't mean that.

Kate - I've not read it but I am obviously aware of it. I think the problem with Davies 8s that he buys too much into the whole John Lloyd/Alastair Campbell/Roy Greenslade thesis that journalists, not politicians, are the real spin doctors, and that systematic news distortion is endemic in the British media. You wouldn't really expect me to agree with that, and even if I did agree with it, I couldn't possibly say so!

How was Keswick? I didn't manage to get up there at October half-term in the end as I was laid-up in bed with a viral illness (see posts passim.)

Unknown said...

Congratulations Paul - love that I learn about your personal triumphs through this blog! Lots of love, little sis x

Lobbydog said...

Excellent news Paul, good luck with it.

Unknown said...

That's very good news Paul. We're chuffed to hear it. You must be pleased.


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