24 hours in British Journalism: 8-9am

Helmand: Press chief Mackenzie grabs sandwich before video call to the MoD, London, discussing visits from Kim Sengupta, The Independent; Deborah Haynes, The Times and Sam Kiley, Sky News.

The BBC’s Sommerville is frustrated because Afghan commanders won’t let him speak to their troops for fear they will “say something bad”. He does anyway, but it’s just usual grumbles about pay and holiday.
Newsnight’s Watts checks emails over breast implants story. One says: “What a shambles the cosmetic surgical market place is here!”

Bermondsey: Agency boss Mark Solomons arrives to good and bad news. Good: £30 from The Guardian for diary tip. Bad: The Sun has scooped them. Pissed off.

Psychologies editor Louise Chunn (below) rides tube to West End with her daughter, drops her at school, thinks she may be late and flags a taxi to the Jasmine Awards for fragrance journalism.

There she catches up with Lindsay Nicholson, of Good Housekeeping, who’s changed from boots to heels hopping about in the street, and Stylist’s Anita Bhagwandas who says she’s got the shakes from too much
coffee already.

Dorking Advertiser: News editor phones in sick. Chief reporter Sam Blackledge takes over. He’s running late but working fast. He goes on local radio to promote the issue.

Gill Hudson, editor of Reader’s Digest, has porridge at her desk, scribbling notes from yesterday’s meeting with CEO. The lights go out, then spark up again. Her email freezes. She logs in twice. Switch off, switch on. Result!

Leeds: Student journalist David Spereall, 19, runs to the train station. He’s on a placement on the sports desk at the Yorkshire Evening Post. He thinks it’s the best job in the world.

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