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An exciting development at The Telegraph, which is offering new subscribers a guided tour of the newsfloor and “an exclusive Q&A with our journalists”.

It’s good that papers are engaging with readers I suppose, an improvement on the days when Kelvin Mackenzie would tell those who dared to complain about items in The Sun that they were barred from buying the tabloid ever again.

On the other hand, I wonder if some of the mystique that still just about attaches to grand old papers like the Tel might be lost.

These events are due to last two hours and occur between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, when harassed hacks are rather preoccupied with trying to get a paper out.

What delights await the dear readers visiting a zoo featuring live, captured journalists?

Here’s the news editor shouting at his politics desk that they wouldn’t know a story if it punched them in the face.

Here’s the chief sub bawling at the junior reporter that she doesn’t know the difference between disinterested and uninterested and should probably go back to school. It wasn’t like this in the good old days.

And here’s the economics editor, being sick into a bin after a particularly heavy lunch.

Hm. Any questions?


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