Hi, I’m Harry
CTRL + ALT + REPEAT is a weekly internal memo I write for the Dazed team (with the help of Will Palmer, our excellent Data Analyst) about traffic, growth and audience development trends. This newsletter is a public version, although not everything you read here is from our internal memo – we have to have some secrets!
You can expect round-ups of must-read pieces, deep dives on shifting audiences, summaries of experiments and launches, and passable jokes. If you work in digital publishing, this is the newsletter for you. I hope you find it useful.
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Before joining Dazed in 2022, I was the Acting Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost UK and steered its 40-person newsroom through the Covid pandemic, global civil rights movement and the early stages of the site's acquisition by BuzzFeed in 2020. I was also Executive Editor of Audience Development and responsible for social media, search engine optimisation, data in the newsroom and audience growth.
Previously, I was based in New York with The Guardian as Deputy and then Head of Audience Development for a number of years, including the Trump presidency. I held similar roles in the London newsroom too.
A few other headlines:
I'm a member of The Lenfest Institute's Audience Community of Practice.
I taught digital journalism with PA Media's training arm until July 2023.
And I've written in the British Journalism Review about how important it is for journalists to know their audience.