Annual report 2014
The mission of
James
Worthy

According to James Worthy, the best things in life are free. His beloved Metro included. "If I have anything to do with it, Metro is here to stay. I want to give readers the very best every week."

Name: James Worthy
Age: 34
Position: columnist
Brand: Metro

"TMG is sauerkraut with sausage. It’s not elite - simply a human company. That's the strength of TMG. My relationship with the company goes much further than money alone. It's all about trust and loyalty. Right from the beginning, TMG gave me carte blanche. I can do what I want, so I give my all. Readers are entitled to your best work, week in, week out. It's my mission to deliver that quality. Many people tend to be condescending towards Metro, because it's 'that free newspaper'. But the best things in life are free: love, a sunset, snow, a lazily yawning cat.

Readers are entitled to your best work”


When TMG offered me this opportunity and I began writing my weekly column, I had no idea at all what I was doing. Four years on, I can only conclude that SPITS and Metro have made me better than I could ever have dreamed. Writing a column seems so simple, but it really is an art. Books can have 60,000 words, a column only 400. There's nowhere to hide. Sentences must make sense. It's a fantastic challenge.

Passions make you weak


The fact that I work on my column every week from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. says enough I reckon. I could do it in an hour, but I'm not one for quickies - not any more. I just love the whole writing process too much by now: the deleting, the head scratching, the uncertainty and then the feeling once you've mailed the column to the editing staff. 'WHAT HAVE I DONE?' 'AND IS IT GOOD ENOUGH?' That's what passions do to you. Passions make you weak.

I have two passions: writing and my family. If I'm not with my family, I'm writing and if I'm not writing, I'm with my family. Do the two worlds meet? Well, if I hadn't started writing, I would probably not have a family. My wife fell in love with what I wrote, after all. She's also the first to read my Metro column each week. It's all interconnected. Life is one big metro network.

Growth, fear and loyalty are what drives me. I want to get better each week; not only for myself, but also for the newspaper. These are difficult days for newspapers and magazines. Half of the 50 publications for which I have written over the past 15 years, no longer exist. That is scary. We've already lost SPITS, but Metro is here to stay, if it's up to me. I plan to write for 'that free newspaper’ until my dying day.”

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