Daily Archives: 30 July 2007

‘Get up and do it… even if you hate it!’

Cosmopolitan may be a magazine for the PYTs (pretty young things). But its editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown, who “liberated women’s magazines with her spunk and sexual brashness”, is a saintly 85, who has lorded over all the 59 editions of the magazine for the last 32 years.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Editing Cosmopolitan successfully so Hearst didn’t have to close it down in 1965, when it was losing tons of money.

What is your motto?

“Get up and do it if it needs to be done, even if you hate it!”

Read the full interview: Helen Gurley Brown

Photograph by John Bottega/ News Telegram


How blogging cost a Nepali reporter his job

When Krishna Dhungana, a reporter with the Nepali tabloid Naya Patrika began blogging for mysansar.com, he thought he would get on to the platform of personal publishing that has captivated millions around the world. Till…

Till he wrote a piece called “Constituent Assembly and White Wine.”

Dhungana was fired, and a colleague told him that the editor Krishna Jwala Devkota blamed his newfound interest: “He was very good reporter when he joined here. Later, he focused on blog than news. So, he was not been able to contribute front page articles.”

Read the full article: Blogging cost this Nepali his job

Robert Fisk: No wonder bloggers are winning

Those who can, write. Those who can’t, edit?

“What exactly does an editor do?”

It’s not an easy question to answer. Editors are craftsmen, ghosts, psychiatrists, bullies, sparring partners, experts, enablers, ignoramuses, translators, writers, goalies, friends, foremen, wimps, ditch diggers, mind readers, coaches, bomb throwers, muses and spittoons— sometimes all while working on the same piece.

But, boy, do we need them?

Read the full article: Let us now praise editors

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