In the interests of nerdy Aaronovitch completeness, this from the Press Gazette
News editor Robert Wellman said: “First of all we concentrated on getting our reporting staff in the right place, then we started thinking about our specialist writers and getting them going on various aspects of it all.
“We had about 15 people out and a fair few in the office working on it.
People from other departments helped so we had Suzy Jagger from the business desk who was close to one of the stations and did some good work for us there.
“Once the enormity of the situation was clear experience kicks in and you make sure you have got the right people in the right places. We also made sure that our good writers, such as Matthew Paris, David Aaronovitch and Robert Crampton, were out there in the thick of it.”
Minor factual; Aaro was not actually out in the thick of it, he wrote a piece about how the news drifted out to the suburbs.
it’s not exactly “Ooh look! A polevaulter!” but it’s close