The pop star Lady Gaga is going to guest-edit the free-paper Metro, one of the world's largest newspapers, Poynter reported.
International pop superstar Lady Gaga will be global guest-editor-in-chief for all May 17 editions of Metro, announced the paper. "In her role as global guest-editor-in-chief, Lady Gaga will highlight issues surrounding equality and individuality, select stories and provide her comments on the breaking news of the day. Lady Gaga will edit Metro's editions in 20 countries from the London office of Metro World News, Metro's central news desk".
Lady Gaga has famous predecessors as guest editor. Poynter's article recalled that U2's Bono edited Britain's The Independent in 2006, and the following year he edited Vanity Fair's Africa issue. In 2007, actor and activist George Clooney guest-edited The Independent. In 2008, singer James Blunt edited an edition of Metro International and Arianna Huffington was a guest editor for the newspaper in 2009.
Bono collaborated also with the New York Times in 2009 when he has been asked to write op-ed columns for the paper.
At the same time the New Statesman announced that "the human rights campaigner Jemima Khan will be guest-editing the paper this week for a special issue focusing on freedom of information and free speech."
A wide range of writers will collaborate to this special 72-page issue: from Tim Robbins to Oliver Stone to Julian Assange.
Are these celebrities gaining publicity for their causes (no matter if for charitable purpose or just the promotion of the new disk) from this appearance on the papers or are they driving attention to the papers with their popularity?