Letters to the Editor: Rosalind Wyman’s was a life well lived
For a period between 2005 and 2013, I was a contributor to The Daily Record and the Sunday Telegraph. I worked for both papers for the best part of three years.
I’m not a supporter of either paper. I would prefer to have been paid by the Sunday Mail, and I’m glad other journalists from other papers were paid by The Guardian for their reporting.
However, I am proud to have written for both papers because I felt the two papers were at their best when they were both different in a good way. I remember, for example, when The Daily Record and The Sunday Telegraph started to take a turn to the right, and when The Times started to reflect the thinking of the establishment.
I had no idea how much of a difference that would make to me, but I would like to think I was making the effort to make their difference different in a good way. I don’t regret writing for either paper.
However, I do regret some of what I wrote about. The Daily Record was a much better newspaper than The Sunday Telegraph.
I don’t support the Daily Mail and, to be fair, have not spoken to them for a long time. However, when I wrote my letter about The Daily Mail, I was in my thirties, and that was before some of the changes that have occurred.
I’d like to suggest that the way that The Daily Mail was written then, and the way The Daily Mail is now written, is not reflective of the way I think people should be writing these days.
I have always admired what was written by the Daily Mail and I am proud of what I wrote at the time.
However, I cannot say that what I wrote was an accurate representation of what was happening at the time. When I wrote that Daily Mail was “taking great lengths to avoid what it was saying”, I did not know that was the case at all.
I do now understand its new style and I hope they will get down to the hard business of informing people fairly, accurately and in a helpful way.
The Daily Mail is one of my favourites but I wouldn’t wish to have written it as it is. It’s now the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail has gone back to being the paper it used to be and is far more relevant than it ever was.
I will always admire the work