My new gig at the Guardian in London

“Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, told the staff of his newspaper that now ‘all journalists work for the digital platform’ and that they should regard ‘its demands as preeminent.’…They issued a set of principles to work by. And this was surrounded by much deserved — in my biased opinion — back-patting for good journalism and innovation and, from managing director Tim Brooks and company head Carolyn McCall, for business progress.” #

In addition, being owned by a trust committed to preserving the core values of journalism provides a very powerful foundation for using the Internet to offer important services for developers around the world. From the Guardian Media Group web site: #

“The Trust was created in 1936 to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian. Its core purpose is to preserve the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity, while its subsidiary aims are to champion its principles and to promote freedom of the press in the UK and abroad.” #

With it’s history of championing data freedom, the Guardian is a great environment for opening up data that matters to people. The Guardian’s Simon Waldman points out: #

“Charles Arthur and his gang have been banging their ‘Free our data’ drum for two years now. This week, under the slightly optimistic headline: In sight of victory, they cover a report which proves their case that their is more value to be created by opening up publicly owned data than by giving government agencies control over it.” #

This is also a great opportunity for me, personally. I lived in London a few years ago now when I was with The Industry Standard and loved it. I met my wife and got married there and always planned to return someday. (I’m curious to see how fast my daughter’s accent changes…my wife has been trying in vain to get her to speak the ‘correct’ way. “Water is pronounced wottah, not waddr.”) And I’m looking forward to living in the same city as my brother Mitch again. Many pints to enjoy together, brother. #

34 thoughts on “My new gig at the Guardian in London

  1. Ged

    Congratulatiions Matt, I always thought that the Guardian’s new digs in Kings X will be LDN’s answer to SOMA. May your relocation run smoothly

  2. susan mernit

    best of luck with your new gig, Matt–if you have any interest in renting out your house, please let me know(and I would consider watching your dog…)

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  5. Cody Simms

    Congratulations Matt! I’ll miss working with you, but you’ll rock in your new role. The Guardian is lucky to have you. Have fun in Londontown.

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  7. That Kid from Omaha

    Dude. You will truly be missed. Of course, I’m assuming this will result in a cover story for Laaker.com within a month. And, monthly “where are they now” followups. Also, got some ideas for changes to the G’s funny pages. (Hint: it involves a tart, tubby striped tabby.)

  8. Joff Redfern

    I told Sue that I tried to talk you out of it to keep you closer to home but secretly I’m very excited for you ;)

  9. stacy milman

    Matt, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work with you. Too bad it was for a short time. Best of luck with everything across the pond. Hope our paths cross again down the road.

  10. Jemima Kiss

    Hi Matt!

    Delighted you’re joining the Good Ship Graun. Let me know when you move over and I’d be happy to show you round, not that you’ll be short of offers!

    All the best,

    Jemima

  11. Ben Metcalfe

    Congrats Matt,

    Setting up a developer network in a media company, orientated around content more than services, is a really interesting and exciting challenge. Setting up backstage.bbc.co.uk was probably the highlight of my career to date.

    Moving to the US was perhaps one of the biggest challenges of my life.

    Sounds like we’ll both have plenty of notes to compare!

    Guardian have some fine people working for them, I think you’re going to have a great time.

  12. ricky

    Matt,
    Thanks for bringing me on as the video producer! I hope the same happens in the UK. *wink*

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  14. Mayark

    We’ll miss you Jess, Millie and Olie. I guess this means more family gatherings by video conference. Can’t wait to see what this adventure has in store for you.

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  16. Mark Jones

    Hey Matt – A belated congrats! I can’t help but feel you’ve made a positive step towards the way English should be really spoken… that is the Aussie version known as “Strayan.” :)

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