At the Financial Times readers are now able to help shape the paper's editorials through its Arena blog, which launched yesterday. On the blog, Financial Times writers join readers
in online debates about topics for upcoming columns.
Robert Shrimsley, the FT.com managing editor, says, "I've long wanted to share the quality of the debates we have inside the
building with our readers. Our community of readers is perhaps the most sophisticated in the business world. This is a chance to draw on their expertise and invite them into the editorial process."
This week editors opened a debate on higher taxes on the blog. Next Monday the editorial team plans to respond to readers' views in the print and online editorial columns.