6.30PM: 24 Hours in the Life of 5 live
The 8.30am output editors meeting
It's 7am. I'm in the coffee queue in the ground floor café in TV centre. My headphones are on as I try to keep an ear on the 7am news summary. I'm also hoping I don't bump into anyone I know in the queue. It's not that I'm anti-social (well, actually I might be but that's another story), it's just I don't want to miss the chance to hear any of 5 live's output before another day of wall-to-wall meetings begins.
Hi, I'm Jonny Crawford, though you won't be surprised to hear that my nickname is sometimes Jonny-Not-Now.
"Jonny, have you got a sec...?". Sorry, not now, I'm late for a meeting.
"Jonny, do you think ...?". Sorry not now, I've just got to make a quick call...
You get the idea? Do you think I need to go on a time management course?
So what's the job that makes me appear so self-important? Well I'm 5 live's Core News Editor. It's a fancy title I suppose but I should probably be called 5 live's Head of Juggling. I juggle today's news with tomorrow's. I juggle next week's big stories with next month's. I juggle the editorial with the managerial. I juggle meetings about 5 live in London with meetings about 5 live in Salford. And so on.
The first part of my day is always the most straightforward, and often the most rewarding. It involves working with the programme editors to help work out which stories you're likely to care most about through the rest of the day. So fresh from that coffee queue, I'm reading the papers, blogs and websites, listening to our own Breakfast programme and our rivals, reading through your texts, emails and tweets and talking to colleagues across the network.
It's obviously not an exact science. Some stories will interest some people but not others. Some stories will have global importance, others will be much less significant. Some stories will be difficult and expensive to cover, others will be more straightforward. I try to balance all of these factors and work out where best we should send our reporters and concentrate our efforts. I also make sure we're as joined up as possible with the rest of BBC News - pushing our own stories to wider audiences and bringing the best BBC journalism to 5 live.
After the early newsroom chats and huddles, a flurry of more formal back-to-back meetings then follows.The first is at 8am, the next at 8.30am and often I'll be going to another at 9am too. And at some point I need to fit in a conference call with our reporters around the UK. By the time they're all over, the aim is to be as clear as possible about what our main editorial priorities are for the day ahead. At least until another story breaks and takes us all off in an entirely different direction.
The second part of my day is usually a bit more removed from that day's news agenda. I'll be looking at stories or events further ahead and working through entirely separate management issues. It's often quite a mixed bag - today I need to;
1) regroup with programme editors to talk through our plans for the Royal Wedding
2) work through some staffing issues
3) reply to a complaint about one of our programmes
4) try to find a reporter to cover an important story tomorrow
5) try to work out our seating plan for our new Salford office (can't wait for that one)
6) and yes go to lots more meetings.
So that's my day, in a nutshell. It's a great job on a great network, full of clever, creative and funny people. But sometimes, when I leave the building at around 6.30pm, I will have heard almost nothing since that 7am news summary.
Which is why you should be careful if you ever bump into me in that early queue. I might have to say, "Really nice to meet you, but sorry, not now..."
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Jonathan Crawford is 5 live's Core News Editor