RICHARD CLUNE

GQ (Australia) - - FRONT PAGE -

DEPUTY EDI­TOR

Af­ter a ca­reer in the ‘glam­orous’ world of news­pa­pers, Clune joined GQ three years ago. This is­sue he jet­ted off to re­hab in Thai­land – for purely jour­nal­is­tic rea­sons, that is. Read the full fea­ture on p114.

WHAT SPARKED YOUR IN­TER­EST IN RE­HAB?

Speak­ing to a friend who’d com­pleted treat­ment in Aus­tralia, I was sur­prised by the level of med­i­ca­tion ad­min­is­tered to rid him of an ad­dic­tion to med­i­ca­tion. I found that odd – surely there were other method­olo­gies?

WHAT’S THE DIF­FER­ENCE BE­TWEEN WORK­ING FOR PA­PERS AND MAGS?

News­pa­pers gift you the abil­ity to write quickly, swear like an army com­man­der and bloat your liver. You’re also told to ad­dress an au­di­ence of 13-year-olds. Mag­a­zines like ours ex­pect a cer­tain level of in­tel­li­gence – and I’m for­ever thank­ful for that.

TIPS FOR BREAK­ING INTO THE IN­DUS­TRY?

Never fear re­jec­tion, and find your voice by writ­ing all the time. Be proac­tive and take any­thing thrown your way.

WHAT ABOUT PITCH­ING TO ED­I­TORS?

Read the pub­li­ca­tion, have a strong un­der­stand­ing of what they may want and call it by its cor­rect ti­tle. Also, triple-check gram­mar and be suc­cinct.

ANY PHRASES YOU CAN’T STAND?

LA agent jar­gon like ‘start a di­a­logue about’, ‘reach out’, ‘re­con­nect’ have now an­noy­ingly infiltrated my lex­i­con. And ‘lex­i­con’.

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