The news brands’ managing editor Alex Bannister writes about what it is like producing a newspaper during the coronavirus crisis.
It was the day no journalist thought they would see – the miracle of the paper brought out with not a single person in the office, a totally empty newsroom.
Even on Christmas Day, our Kensington HQ would normally be buzzing with 200 or so editors, reporters, designers and subs noisily debating how best to wrestle 60,000 words into an 80-page paper that chimes perfectly with the sensibilities and interests of the Mail’s millions of loyal readers. On a normal day, there could be double that.
On March 24, for the first time ever in the history of a national newspaper, there was no one. And yet by some miracle – not to mention a bucket-load of sweat and very hard work – the next day a brilliant paper emerged: challenging, informing, intriguing and entertaining in equal measure.
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