10 Questions With Charles Arthur, The Guardian’s Former Technology Editor
#1 How long have you been a journalist for and what led you down this path?
Charles Arthur: About 30 years now – because I was doing it part-time and realised I could ask questions as well as people from Fleet Street.
#2 What’s the best professional advice you have been given?
Charles Arthur: Keep your intros (first sentence) to 26 words or less. And go back to the original source for stories.
#3 What do you wish somebody told you when you were 16?
Charles Arthur: I don’t think I would have listened. I was 16.
#4 How do you see the media industry changing in the next five years?
Charles Arthur: More concentration in the hands of fewer organisations able to spread influence.
#5 What is your favourite thing to do, outside of work?
Charles Arthur: Family, and then sports.
#6 What’s your favourite city and why?
Charles Arthur: London – I know people there.
#7 As you have been a journalist for a number of high profile publications, you are considered an influencer. What is your top tip for brands trying to influence an influencer?
Charles Arthur: Be interesting. Have a story to tell (and know what a story is, and what is not a story). Have the information to back it up.
#8 What was your favourite project to work on and why?
Charles Arthur: The Free Our Data campaign when I edited the Guardian Technology supplement. We were trying to make non-personal data held by the government (eg Ordnance Survey, Land Registry, Environment Agency river water levels) free for public use, and after four years we succeeded.
#9 Who do you love following on Twitter?
Charles Arthur: I have a list called “analysts” which I spend more time on than my timeline.
#10 What is your favourite publication or blog to read?
Charles Arthur: Twitter. It’s the publication whose content I have created, but which is different every day.
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