FT reporter Paul McClean working with the video department taken by Lisa Essex
Paul McClean working with the FT video team © Courtesy Lisa Essex

In addition to his written journalism, Paul McClean, the young FT reporter who died on Wednesday while on holiday in Sri Lanka, was adept in front of the camera, bringing his preternaturally mature eye for a story to the FT’s video team.

We asked our editors and producers who worked with Paul on his video reports to provide their favourite stories — and their recollections of working with him on the projects.

The rise of escape room games

Paul understood what video could add to a story. When, in April 2016, the opportunity came to cover the rising trend of group games such as The Crystal Maze, he jumped at the chance to capture it on camera. Beyond the thorough reporting, he was more than willing to get involved in the gameplay. However, shout as he might, attempts to record a piece to camera in the Crystal Maze dome — with fans running at full blast — while highly entertaining for all involved, proved even beyond his capabilities.

Wetherspoon chairman tours pubs for Brexit

Ahead of the vote on the EU referendum, Paul — armed with his smartphone — trailed Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon’s, as he travelled the length of the UK to visit his pubs and encourage his punters to vote for Brexit. Paul proved immediately adept as a one-man video band, managing to capture the colour and grassroots politics of this idiosyncratic British institution.

Brexit and sterling

It did not take long for Paul to feel at home in the FT’s video studio. His natural ability to talk lucidly in front of the camera on complex topics held him in good stead during his time on the markets team and he became a regular in the studio, holding his own alongside more senior colleagues on subjects ranging from currency fluctuations to US economics.

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