Weekend papers November 1-2
Sunday 2 November, 2014
The Mail makes the running today with its investigation into the source of the feminist slogan t-shirts that are being sported by gullible politicians. It's an inspired piece of commissioning, even though few would believe that the working conditions of women in Mauritius were its prime concern.
Further thoughts on this later, in the meantime, for an earlier series of articles about the difficulties in finding ethically produced clothing, please look at the old blog here.
In many respects the People's lead is the more interesting story. Setting aside the awful word "vilest" and the red "same", the report sets out an extraordinary situation. Assuming that it is accurate, it is troubling in that it could easily lead to the identification of Maxine Carr, who has been granted a new identity and is trying to make a fresh start with her new husband. SubScribe has written about that here.
The Star is struggling if it needs to lead on one "reality" TV personality rubbishing his programme's main rival. Still, if you buy the paper - or the Express - you can pick up some free sparklers from Tesco.
If you need something a little livelier for next weekend, the Mail has a deal with Sainsbury's to offer £30 worth of fireworks if you spend £15 at the supermarket. And if you do a bit more shopping at Morrisons you get a fiver off the bill. All in all, not a bad package for £1.50.
Saturday 1 November, 2014
It's not rocket science "Lead on the best story" (© Charles Wilson Esq) remains the most reliable advice for anyone putting a paper together. Last night there was a choice of two live stories that worked for both heavies and pops.
The capitulation of Fiona Woolf after weeks of pressure over her suitability to lead the Westminster paedophile inquiry may have had an air of inevitability, but this is still a tale of incompetence, tokenism, arrogance, cover-up, stitch-up and hubris with a strong whiff of something even nastier in the woodshed.
Then there was the Branson crash, tragic proof that the future isn't here yet - but it will be one day. (Memo to the Times, this was a spacecraft or a space plane crash, but not a space flight.)
Everyone likes to have their specials lined up for the weekend, but the art of editing is to be ready to ditch your pre-packaged goodies when something better comes along. Not one paper in the second row above has a story or picture to beat Woolf or Branson. What were they thinking? Young people taking drugs, yet more Madeleine nonsese, the Express's fourth dementia splash in a month, and a ghastly picture of Ed Miliband.
Correction to the kicker. Sometimes it is rocket science.
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