Metro10: Going native growing on Android

I spent nine months in 2014 designing, building and iterating an Android app called Metro10 for the UK Newspaper Metro. This taught me a lot about the benefits and frustrations of native app development and marketing. The benefits of app users are huge in terms of their engagement and propensity to return daily. Being able […]

Scarcity and the trap of the daily deadline

For the past four years I have been working in an editorial environment Metro, the third largest daily UK newspaper. Over this time I have been amazed at the number of times that serious change has been attempted and failed. This seems to be a common problem with newspapers. Initially it confused me as there […]

How software ate manual content placement on Metro.co.uk

The majority of content placement on metro.co.uk is now managed by software. This has been a long journey based on real world feedback and incremental addition of complexity. My goal has always been to take a developer’s view of the editorial process and optimise where possible. Looking at the numbers it became clear that for […]

The thoughts and process behind Metro10

Metro 10 was born out of a desire to experiment with native mobile news reading experiences that solved a different problem to our already fully responsive website. We had an algorithm that allowed customisation and decided to use this as our data source. The concept of restricting the volume of content would help us differentiate […]

Ten things we learnt building the Android App Metro10

Metro10 is the first Android App that I have been involved in from concept to release in the Google Play store. It was designed, developed, tested and deployed in the first three months of 2014. We spent the entire process learning and here are details of 10 things that we learnt as part of the process. 1 – To begin the […]

How the Metro.co.uk Newsfeed Algorithm Works

We have been working on automating large parts of the content ordering on Metro.co.uk since our responsive redesign in Dec ’12. This has grown from managing a few widgets across the site to controlling the majority of the homepage. The below describes the process we went through to achieve this. The first step was to […]