Ref NoOHP/104
TitleMarjorie Yue
Date14 December 2001
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 2 AIFF files (609.7 MB)
Creator NameYue; Marjorie; travel editor
DescriptionInterview with Marjorie Yue, travel editor for the Observer. Conducted by Amy Fleming on 14 December 2001. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1

Track 2
00.00 Introduction
00.40 Joined 1986, left 2000
00.55 Application for secretary to travel editor
01.30 Contributions to newspaper and responses
03.10 Taking responsibility from Desmond Barker
04.20 Route of promotion
05.05 Expectations of role when started at the Observer
06.10 Office locations from St Andrew's Hill to the Guardian at Farringdon Road
08.20 Editors of the Observer

11.40 Working within a family environment
12.30 Edward Mace retired as travel editor at start of Marjorie Yue's employment
13.20 Using typewriter. Change in office environment with arrival of computers
14.30 Process of filing and amending copy and typesetting
16.15 Weekly deadlines
16.30 Working hours
17.10 New computer systems - DOS
19.00 Office social life

20.30 Average working day
21.10 Friendships at Observer
22.20 Press trips and news story trips abroad e.g. Dubai, Hong Kong, Senegal
26.00 Feedback from readers
28.10 Support from received from editors and membership of NUJ

32.00 Writing and editing - learning on the job
32.50 House styles introduced by different editors
34.10 Impact of September 11
35.00 Pause
35.50 Expenses
39.20 Restrictions on commissioning, more in-house reporters used

40.20 Dealing with office politics
42.00 Comparing ethos of Observer to other newspapers e.g. the Times, the Standard
43.40 Pride in working for the Observer
44.30 200th Anniversary celebrations in 1991
46.00 Clive James
47.10 Julian Barnes
47.40 Discussion of personalities working for the Observer

50.25 Modern day office more homogenised
50.50 Disagreements in the office in the past
52.35 Changes in the ratio of men to women working for the Observer
53.50 Unusual feedback from readers
55.30 Major crises – Al Fayad exposé edition
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Marjorie Yue

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