Contributors - JANINE GIBSON

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Janine Gibson has just taken over s media editor of the Guardian, running the paper's weekly media section. She spent six years writing about the sector for trade magazines and national newspapers, but her most promising job was as a researcher on short filmed inserts for BBC1's much-missed Good Morning ... With Anne and Nick. Sadly, the series was axed shortly after the inserts were aired - thus ending her broadcasting career - but people said it wasn't her fault.


One of our most seasoned contributors, Simon Caulkin has written for MT since the early '70s; indeed, between 1983 and 1986 he edited the magazine. These days Caulkin (now management editor at the Observer) is worried that management as presently practised is part of the problem, not the solution. Thus he finds himself increasingly drawn towards alternative models. With this in mind, he writes about the new two-way relationship between business and the arts.


Matthew Lynn spent seven years writing for the Sunday Times but is now more interested in new media than old media. 'There is an energy and excitement about working on electronic journalism that you don't get in print,' he says. 'It is a constant process of innovation and experimentation.' It has been a busy few months for Lynn. His latest thriller, The Watchmen, has just been published by Arrow, and in February his wife Angharad had their first baby, Isabella.


Appropriately enough for a man illustrating a piece on how a journalist has gone from ink to e, Botana chose to produce this artwork entirely by computer, the first time has has done so. Botana has led a varied life: born in Argentina, he moved to Paris at 17, where he worked for Yves St Laurent, then Liberation, when they were both still cool. Five years ago he moved to London, feeling - as many did then - that it was more exciting than Paris. But for all Conran et al's efforts, he still misses French food terribly.


The only concern for Rachel Anderson, one of our book reviewers this month (she's the one on the left, with former West Ham footballer Julian Dicks), is that, Bargaining for Advantage reveals too many trade secrets. Ms Anderson is Britain's only female football agent and knows all about tough negotiations - she wrote her review on the road between talks. She has also had to fight prejudice; the Professional Footballers' Association twice barred her from its annual dinner.


The verdict on The Tipping Point in our books pages is: cliche-ridden and irredeemably American, but very useful nonetheless. Our reviewer Bob Worcester is, of course, allowed to bad-mouth the Yanks - he's one himself, although he's lived on this side of the Atlantic for more than 30 years. Most of this time has been spent at MORI, which he founded and currently chairs; he is also a visiting professor at the LSE and the co-author of Explaining Labour's Landslide.

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