Above the Fold: two minutes with…

By Matt Gray

Last month, Matt and Libby met industrials reporter Courtney Goldsmith for breakfast. Here’s what they chatted about:

The paper

City A.M. is London’s free business newspaper, and a regular sight on the tubes and newsstands within the City of London and Canary Wharf.

It is distributed daily from Monday to Friday, and covers business, industries, markets, technology and money.

How they work
City A.M. reporters work on one of three separate shift patterns a week: Monday—Friday, Sunday—Thursday or Tuesday—Saturday.

The office is staffed between 6.30am and 11.00pm each day, with the paper going to print at midnight.

Reporter deadlines align with the end of their daily shift, which could be any time between 3.30pm and 11.00pmdependent on their start time.

The editorial team have two meetings a morning. The first is at 8.30am to decide the content of the online newsletter. The second, at 10.30am, is the wider editorial meeting, to discuss ideas for the coming edition.

Most articles within the paper tend to be around 300 words long.

The usual beat
Courtney started her career in leisure, but now covers energy and utilities; mining, oil and gas; defence and pharma. Her main focus is on reactive news, but she does enjoy writing longer feature pieces when she has the capacity.

Most of her attention is concentrated on big, household-name companies. With these, she enjoys running interviews both face-to-face and over the phone, but is very appreciative of written commentary when she doesn’t have the time.

She told us that she is interested in attending more events.

She also revealed some of the topics two of her colleagues are covering:

  • Rebecca Smith (reporter)—transport, infrastructure, diversity in the workplace, education (including STEM), future-gazing technologies
  • Oliver Gill (reporter)—telecoms, pensions, professional services, insurance