View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. Archive content
September 16, 2008

How FT Alphaville did the business on Meltdown Monday

By Peter Kirwan MM blog

It was the kind of day that comes around once a decade — possibly less frequently — for City hacks. (Although there might be a few more of them to come by the look of it.)

The Daily Mail, ITN and the Telegraph called it Meltdown Monday.

Strange but true: reading the FT‘s web site last night was an oddly static, unsatisfying, experience. Online, the Pink ‘Un struggled oddly to conveyed any sense of the significance, of events.

I’m not sure why. Design constraints might have something to do with it. Alternatively, perhaps the FT’s stable of high-end analysis writers are still geared to writing for print.

The lead story when I visited — Stocks sink amid Wall St crisis — was a little more than a basic recap of the day’s events.

This morning’s print edition was another matter: plenty of crisp and well-packaged stories, with the likes of Gillian Tett asking some sharp “what’s next” questions. Essential reading.

The one part of the FT‘s site that really caught fire yesterday was Alphaville.

Content from our partners
Publishing on the open web is broken, how generative AI could help fix it
Impress: Regulation, arbitration and complaints resolution
Papermule: Workflow automation for publishers

Alphaville ran three live blogging sessions yesterday — the last of them kicking off at 15:34 (Crisis Live — iii).

In the process, authors Paul Murphy and Neil Hume left a trail of gems behind them. Readers adding comments only enriched the haul. In terms of drama and cut-through, this mix of journalism and reader comment left the FT‘s home page way behind.

Trying to get a look at Markets Live on Alphaville this afternoon wasn’t easy. Pages were loading slowly — quite possibly because of traffic volumes.

This feels like real citizen journalism to me — smart, engaging, hotter than hell, unfolding in front of your eyes and as interactive as you like.

Messrs Murphy and Hume (plus their backroom staff) have just proved a very big point. Lionel Barber, the FT‘s editor, will have plenty to think about when things calm down.

Email pged@pressgazette.co.uk to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network