~ Posted by Anthony Gardner, May 6th 2015
I’d been trying to get into journalism for two years, and was close to despair, when Ann Barr—who died on Monday aged 85—gave me my first break. I couldn’t have asked for a better apprenticeship. As features editor of Harpers & Queen in the 1970s and early 1980s, Ann helped to create the quintessential magazine of that era, proudly bearing the spineline, “The world’s most intelligent glossy”. Her diamond-sharp eye for trends and detail made “The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook”, which she edited with Peter York, into an unexpected million-seller.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, September 18th 2014
It is almost unheard-of for the same writer to have a byline on the lead item in rival newspapers. But it has happened in Britain today—to a man who last picked up his pen in 1796.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Ryan Gilbey, November 5th 2013
As part of the research for my Intelligent Life story about video-blogging, or "vlogging", I hurled myself this year into the digital maelstrom—if "hurled" is not too violent a verb to describe the act of shooting several videos in my living room then uploading them onto YouTube. The only rule of vlogging appears to be: "Those who can, do. Those who can’t, also do".read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Maggie Fergusson, October 6th 2013read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Hazel Sheffield, March 28th 2013
Any institution charging students $60,000 for a vocational degree deserves a certain amount of scrutiny. But when Michael Wolff turned his sights on Columbia Journalism School for appointing a new dean who has never tweeted, he misfired.
The dean in question is Steve Coll (pictured), who will replace Nicholas Lemann in July. Both men have worked for the Washington Post and the New Yorker. Both have written several books. Neither is known for their digital acumen. But under Lemann, the school made strides in improving the digital curriculum by hiring Emily Bell from the Guardian to direct the new Tow Center for digital journalism and forging a partnership with the engineering school to grant dual degrees in journalism and computer science.
Right now, Columbia J-school is building a new institute for media innovation with money pledged by the late Helen Gurley Brown, who edited Cosmopolitan for many years. Mark Hansen, who started his career in research and development and now specialises in data and computing, will lead the new institute.
Even if Coll is as conservative as Wolff fears, there are people in his team with fearsome résumés, dedicated to the digital and technological future of the profession. What’s worrying is that after taking down the incoming dean on the strength of a poor Twitter presence, Wolff rubbishes the entire school for being "anti-market".read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, June 29th 2012read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, April 6th 2012
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, the oldest name in sports publishing, has a new editor, the youngest in living memory. At 37, Lawrence Booth has taken over a 149-year-old annual that acts as the conscience of cricket. And he is the first Wisden editor to have started as an intern.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Simon Willis, March 14th 2012read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT