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Past editors: where are they now?

Past editors: where are they now?

As Financial Adviser goes to the presses for the last time, we speak with three former senior journalists who worked on the paper.

Emma-Ann Hughes, former editor

When I joined Financial Adviser in 2003 as a reporter, the working days were long, the number of invites to networking opportunities abundant and the size of the weekly newspaper the team had to fill was massive.

When I left as editor of Financial Adviser and FTAdviser almost two years ago, the entire profession had changed, along with the way it wished to receive news.

The number of pink pages to fill were no longer plentiful, so Financial Adviser successfully shifted from being a newspaper to becoming a news digest while you received breaking news via social media and email alerts.

You showed your approval by voting for Financial Adviser to be named trade publication of the year at the Personal Finance Society Awards and the Santander Media Awards.

I was sad to learn of the demise of the trusted Financial Adviser, but know the current team of journalists will continue to tread the same path of journalistic excellence as their predecessors via FTAdviser.com.

As my former editor Hal Austin instructed me all those years ago, so too will the current journalists endeavour always to ask the right questions of senior figures in the profession and investigate issues that could impact your business.

Ms Hughes is now communications director of the Personal Finance Society

Hal Austin, former editor

Losing a newspaper – any publication – is like losing a relative. We go through the various stages of mourning and wonder: Where did it all go wrong? What could I have done?

The closure of Financial Adviser, even though I have been removed from it now going five years, came as a shock to me.

All the arguments about the shift to digital, readers’ shortening attention span and the shift of advertising from print to online simply reflect the changes taking place in newspaper publishing, and in the wider society.

[Remember], digital is the machine, the vehicle – it is not the message and people read to get the information, the details, the knowledge transfer. Most of all journalism is about people, both those one works with and those who read what one has written.

When I joined Financial Adviser, or FA as it was affectionately known to insiders, as assistant features editor in 2000, there were a number of very enthusiastic young men and women, with varying degrees of talent.

Some were clearly destined to go much further in journalism, and some in finance; others were lucky they even got a job at the entry level in the craft. But the measure of a good, or even competent, editor is bringing those individuals together and seeing how the team develops, from a young reporter with potential, to emerging on the national stage.