Geordie Greig became the Editor of the Daily Mail, and also Editor of Mail Newspapers, in September 2018. Before that, for six years he was Editor of The Mail on Sunday. He edited the London Evening Standard for three years from 2009, and was Editor of Tatler for 10 years. He worked for the Sunday Times for 12 years, five years in America as New York correspondent, later becoming the paper’s literary editor. He is a director of Mail Newspapers and the London Evening Standard.
Q) Why does the news make things seem scarier than they actually are?
From motivated_leaves at Michael Faraday School
A) There is an old saying that dog bites man is not news but man bites dog is news. The nature of news is that it concentrates on the unusual and surprising and often that can be scary. Something ordinary or normal which happens is essentially not news.
Q) Many crimes are done around the world. Is there a particular story that stands out?
From upbeat_cookie at Newbury Park Primary School
A) I think the Rwandan genocide in which one million people died and nothing was done to prevent this, is one of the stories of the last few years which stands out for me.
Q) Should the Media talk about gangs and people in them?
From affable_weaver at the Ruth Gorse Academy
A) Gang crime and the people who are in gangs have always been a source of news stories. This goes back to the Kray Twins, who ran part of London in the 1950s and 1960s and also the Richardson Torture Gang, who ran their criminal empire from South London. Myths and legends about these gangs abound, but today stories about gangs are often about young people in their local towns, involved in crime including drugs. The more they are talked about and written about, it is hoped this will lead to people being dissuaded from joining gangs as it destroys lives and neighbourhoods.
Q) We all know recently knife-crime has been in the news a lot and especially in London and very populated cities. But is this a good idea? In society nowadays, many people rely on news to get their dose of the daily happenings in the country and recently we have all been hit with the brute reality of these knife crimes. But this could influence people. By this I mean having knife-crime on national news all the time can be risky. Let me know what you think?
From allowing_huckleberry at Ormiston Bushfield Academy
A) Knife crime has shocked many people, especially with the enormous numbers of people injured, and in some cases murdered, by people armed with knives. I think it has highlighted the need for the police and others in authority to take more action and for the public to be made more aware of this particular crime. I think your question implies that there is a risk of people doing copycat crimes by reading, watching or listening to news items about knife crime stories. While that is a risk, I always think that openness and transparency about all crimes including knife crimes, is the best way to make people aware of the destructive nature of crime.
Q) Do you believe everything you see on the news?
From Jolly Duck, Birchwood C of E Primary School
A) On the whole, the news on TV is edited by professionals and so is believable. The difficulty with some news seen on social media is that it is not put out by professionals and so runs the risk of not being checked and therefore being inaccurate.
Q) If there was a knife crime and somebody died would their family be able to ask the media not to publish it or at least keep it anonymous if they wanted to?
From steady_skill at Boutcher C of E Primary School
A) Once a crime is committed and the police are involved and someone is arrested or indeed charged with a crime, it is very difficult for this not to be written about. Having a free press write about crime means that, as well as highlighting what has happened, it is also a good safety measure to make sure the police and others in authority act correctly. Part of the point of the media is scrutiny of those in power as well as those who suffer tragedy.