Life in Lockdown – Scarlett Russell, Entertainment Editor at Sunday Times,

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Each day we speak to a journalist about their new normal, today we hear from Scarlett Russell.

Scarlett Russell is Entertainment Editor at The Sunday Times, Style.


Where are you working from right now?
My spare room/study/’meeting room’ for when my boyfriend and I are working in the living room together. We work some days together, some apart so we manage some distance where we can! We’ve not driven each other insane yet so it seems to be working.

What’s your new morning routine?
Up around 7am / Coffee whilst checking but not responding to emails / 45 minutes of yoga / More coffee / shower and then ‘at work’. I’ve sometimes broken this up by watching previews on new TV that I’m reviewing or writing about. There have been a lot to get through as we’ve done a big Culture feature coming out on Sunday.

Have you got dressed today?
Yep! Slightly more casual version of work wear but still work wear.

How has your working week changed since Covid-19 hit?
Much less structure to my day which be the big thing. Learning how to operate new software from home and adapt.

What are the current plans for filling your pages?
We are still trying to get out as much great content as we can but just have to think slightly differently about covers as we cannot shoot.

What does a work lunch look like these days?
I don’t eat lunch! Just a piece of fruit as at lunchtime me and my boyfriend do our walk around the park so I always forget to eat and then am starving by 6pm. It’s not a great way to be!

What’s the biggest challenge for your desk/publication right now?
Not being able to shoot covers and all the films being pushed back, meaning essentially no films until July and celebs with nothing to promote.

Has anything positive come out of this?
I think there is a lot less competitiveness now, which feels nice. Everyone is in this together and just trying to do the best that we can and support each other.

What’s your top tip for PRs right now?
Please continue to pitch as we are hungry for great content. Think not just about print but about Social media as we have pushed lots more content out through our social channels.

What’s your comeback plan?


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