News Brendan Keenan

Saturday 10 December 2016

Brendan Keenan: Questions about the future of EU lurk beneath debt-crisis talks

Published 06/09/2012 | 05:00

A news story, I was told by my first chief sub-editor, should be written in such a way that, if he decided to cut it all except the first paragraph, the reader would still get the essence. (Oh yes, and in not more than 40 words).

  • Go To

I fear I have lapsed from this gold standard many times down the years, but the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, clearly never espoused a career in the popular press at all.

The item which made the headlines from his recent article in the German newspaper 'Die Zeit' was in the last three paragraphs -- although one also learnt down the years that it is often better to read official releases from the bottom up.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice