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Key Desks across the Financial Times

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Are you familiar with the key desks across the FT?

Including the stories UK news desk are interested in, how the Markets Desk operates, and top tips on how to make your proposal for a guest writer rise to the top of the pile.

The Newsdesk

The FT’s daily news priorities are set by its Main newsdesk.

Online and print news are properly coordinated across different desks and delivered in a timely manner according to the demands set by the FT’s editor of the day.

Breaking News

Much of the FT’s news and features output will be authored by writers briefed to cover particular beats across different geographies and timezones. However, the FT is keen to ensure it remains competitive with rival news organisations that are sometimes better staffed.

World Desk

The World newsdesk manages coverage of politics and the economy from the foreign bureaux.

Though most FT staff are based in London, a large number of its journalist staff are based overseas with representation in 40 countries.

UK News Desk

The FT’s national news coverage aims to reflect the particular emphasis that it expects its UK readership to have – news you can use.

So there is a particular emphasis on Westminster politics, public policy debates, regulatory concerns and action. 

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Markets Desk

The FT’s market coverage continues to evolve as it moves away from its print origins as a once-a-day cut of commentary and data.

The Markets Insight column can appear up-to twice a week in the print editions and is managed by the Opinion & Analysis desk.

Companies Desk

If the FT has any constant unique selling point, it has been its fundamental focus on covering corporate and markets news. The FT’s corporate coverage is unrecognisable from what it was two decades ago. No longer does it seek to act as a UK-focused newspaper of record for mundane FTSE 100 results and trading announcements.

The UK Business Column

The column appears Tuesday to Friday on the UK Companies section of Companies & Markets (what was the Lombard Column) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Opinion & Analysis Desk

The FT’s opinion section is comprised of several fiefdoms that come together as a “commentariat” to deliver the strands of leaders, comment and extended analysis pieces in print and online, as commissioned and edited by these discrete teams.
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