As part of my ongoing struggle to find well written news, I decided to contact the editors of several major newspapers in the US & UK. I asked them one simple question.
“Who are 3 columnists that Do Not write for your paper, but you consider their work to be some of the best in your profession?”
I of course turned to my concierge to assemble first a list of the top 25 newspapers in the US and UK. Then I had them research contact information for the editor of each newspaper. Below is the list I received back from them, which I then did a simple mail merge and sent my question to.
Over about a 2 month time period after I sent my email I heard back from about 10 of the 35 editors that I contacted, which was more than I thought I would actually hear back from.
Total time I spent assembling this list: 30 seconds to write an email with this request:
I need a spreadsheet with the names and email addresses of the editors of the 25 most read newspapers in the United States and in the UK.
48 hours later I received the spreadsheet below.