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Can I answer both in a sort of practical and a principle sense? The practical fact is that a newspaper's day is quite clearly structured. We have a news conference mid-morning and a leader conference that follows that, then an afternoon conference and then we're on the back bench reviewing the paper that we're putting out. The most important job of the editor is to make sure that he or she has an eye on creating the best possible -- getting the best possible paper out the following day, and that's with a view to breaking news on the front page, serving the readers in terms of the full range of news coverage, and providing, again, a range of opinions on the opinion pages and a strong view in the editorial column, in the leader column of the paper. So that's, in the very practical sense, the way in which you set the culture of the paper and the way in which you direct it on a daily basis.

Of course, it's also set in terms of what you choose to do and what you choose not to do, and in that news conference, which generally is attended by heads of department or their deputies, that's where you discuss what stories you're looking into and sometimes it will also be the way you're looking into those stories. So the culture of the paper is set through those meetings, as well as, of course, the private conversations and the other conversations that happen through the day.

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