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Jody Thompson

We were recently joined for a lunchtime masterclass with Jody Thompson, blogs editor of Huffington Post UK.

Jody trained as a journalist with Eastern Counties Newspapers before getting a job at NME in 1996. Her first role at the magazine was assistant news editor, and she soon became news editor. She was then promoted to news manager for both the magazine and NME.com before leaving to work as deputy editor on a new monthly music magazine called X-Ray in 2002.

After working for X-Ray for two years, Jody decided to work freelance and spent the next four years working on a range of broadcast, print and online titles including BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Virgin Media, BBC 1Xtra, IRN, BBC 5 Live, BBC 6 Music and BBC Entertainment News Online.

In 2008 Jody began working as online showbiz editor of the Daily Mirror, before moving to the Mail Online, the biggest newspaper website in the world. Jody left the Mail Online in 2011 to become blogs editor of Huffington Post UK.

She is responsible for recruiting big name bloggers and also dealing with blogs sent to her reactively following a news story. She subs and edits each blog and manages the blogs team who work in conjunction with the evolving news on the site.

This web chat is now closed but you can see all the questions posed to Jody and her replies in the transcript below.