Proactive v Reactive

“If an approach lands in my inbox just at the time when that story is everywhere – and I’m looking for ways to cover it – then definitely yes I will take that expert on.”

Jane Andrews, BBC 5 Live

Proactive v Reactive:

In our latest audio diary we talk to BBC 5 Live journalist Jane Andrews about how she sources experts for reactive news stories.


Good morning. It’s Monday 25th March 2024.

Monday: deadline for Donald Trump to post bond for the $460 million he owes following a civil fraud judgment against him in February

Tuesday: UN Security Council discusses Israeli settlement activity

PM appears before the Liaison Committee 

Wednesday: Amazon staff strike in Birmingham

Thursday: enforcement notice regarding Crooked House pub demolition

Friday: one-year anniversary of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s detention in Russia

Beyoncé releases new album

Saturday: the Boat Race 

Sunday: Tavistock gender clinic closes

An (unintended) politics special this week:

(1) “As democracy remains under siege, it has been frustrating to watch how the press covers politics these days…”

Veteran US news anchor Dan Rather takes to X to rail at everything from “both-sides-ism” to shirking tough questions.


(2) Ofcom has (finally) come down on GB News over its use of politicians as presenters/newsreaders. The regulator has warned the network: another breach and you will be sanctioned. Watch this space.


(3): An intriguing correction…

(4): And an interesting take from a former Sun editor as the election nears…


The British Olympic Association voted by a large majority to defy government requests and send athletes to the Olympic Games in Moscow oaths day in 1980.

Highs today of 12 degrees in London and 7 in Edinburgh.

Just time for the obligatory dog photo…

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