It’s the week to be a chic geek

This is another In Focus feature spread that I subbed for Metro. The topic here is YouTube’s ‘Geek Week’ – a celebration of its many filmmakers who have launched themselves as successful ‘channels’. The challenge with this one was fitting the four case studies into the same piece. I had to tweak the copy to fit without losing any of Ross’s irreverent and lighthearted writing style.

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Step over here once again, sir: Consultation into police stop and search powers

This was an In Focus news feature for Metro into a serious subject – a review into the police’s use of stop and search powers. The original copy was about twice the length needed so required a heavy rewrite. However, the reporter had a lot of good first-hand interviews and set the scene well, especially with the case study ‘Barry’. Careful line-by-line tweaking was needed to reduce the story to length.

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Mower that’s a cut above

A colourful Page 3 story subbed for Metro about a high-speed lawnmower built by Honda. It required a lightness of touch and as many lawn mower puns as possible (hence ‘start your rotors’).

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