Always a challenge to strike the right note on the front with a story like #Philip. Not least the choice of picture - the way most think of him or a man in his prime?
ICYMI a few thoughts on today's offering.
First, it's not about *you* and *your* grief.
Yes, you want to tell people what's inside. But try to dial down the self-promotion. A "magical" supplement? And "historic *144* pages? That screams "don't buy me"
...and do we need to be told about a Monday supplement on today's front page?
It's good to recognise that not *all* your readers may be completely obsessed by the royals. They might like to know you're offering something else.
There are ways to do it....and, perhaps, ways not to do it...
This has to be the most incongruous p1 picture of the day...
The best advice is keep it clean. Maybe like this...

The Independent, though now online only, still produces a "front page". And today's is good...

But, for my money, easily the best of the day is @telegraph. Striking picture on black background; no headline, so no fawning or mawkishness; tasteful guide to what's inside at the bottom. Great job!
Happy Saturday everyone...

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10 Apr
OK, I’m going to regret this. But I’m going to throw this at you anyway.
I haven’t listened to the news for 24 hours. I haven’t watched live TV. I haven’t opened this morning’s papers.
The Duke of Edinburgh died yesterday. He was 99. Outlived by Captain Tom. I’m sure the Queen will find it odd not to have him around after three-quarters of a century. But most of us will manage.
I’m an old white biddy, exactly the sort of person the Press and broadcasters assume will be most interested in this national tragedy.
But I’m not. And people even older than me aren’t distraught with grief either. It’s of passing interest. But it’s a fact of life.
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A thread...
The “we’re not racist” drums are beating loudly and proudly today. If we’re truly making progress, that’s great.(1) ImageImage
I’m particularly struck by what has been identified as the key cause for this celebration:

'Education is the single most emphatic success story of the British ethnic minority experience'

'The Commission notes that the average GCSE attainment score for Indian, Bangladeshi and Black African pupils was above the White British average.'
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This govt is busy pretending its #policing bill is about making people, esp women, safer.
That is why there is a whole section on protecting monuments, a whole section on shutting up Steve Bray, a whole section on protecting Parliament.
And nothing about women.
Be in no doubt. From removing the whip from Remainer MPs to cowing the BBC to giving Priti Patel and police a free hand ban "noisy" protests they don't like, this Government is openly making it clear that dissent will not be tolerated.
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Mini thread....
Here are the first editions of today's papers. Royals heavy...perhaps as you'd expect as it's their first go after that interview. Kate obligingly provides a royal angle to the #SarahEverard vigil. Because the story on its own? Pah!
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The tabs are renowned for being nimble between editions. So let's have a look at what they did for their finals. Ah, The Mirror changed one of its sub-heads. The Express replaced the index with a bit about Priti Patel...
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The Sun and Mail left their fronts exactly as they were. It was all about Kate (and dissing Meghan).
The People is a one-edition paper.
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This is going to be a very long thread.
It is about the #bbc and is timed to coincide with @penguinbooks publication today of The War Against the BBC by @peterpeteryork and Patrick Barwise.
More particularly, this thread is about the way the BBC's media rivals - especially the Daily Mail - prosecute that war.
The timing is serendipitous as Prince William's intervention in the #panorama interview saga puts the corporation back on the front pages...
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