The time has come…as the Walrus said
THIS IS THE LAST EDITION OF NZ LCV Magazine that I will preside over as Editor; the time has come to move on into semi-retirement.
Over the past four or so years, I have overseen the transformation of the editorial content of this magazine.
It has morphed from Cargo, a true trade magazine, into first NZ Light Commercial Vehicle Magazine in 2014, and then the abbreviated LCV Magazine masthead from 2017.
I have taken the content more towards a traditional car magazine, applying always the maxim that if it doesn’t interest me, how’s it going to interest and engage the reader?
If the subject doesn’t interest you, as Editor, the reader will soon pick up on that lack of interest. It shows in the writing, the content; if there’s no passion, there’s no fire, no interest.
You might as well read a bus timetable – but who prints bus timetables in this day of Google searches, Apps and smartphones?
Over the past four years, it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to bring this magazine to you and to chronicle the light commercial vehicle scene, and especially the ute’s metamorphosis.
The ute has moved from humble, roughand-ready workhorse to a sophisticated vehicle able to do a hard day’s graft and double as comfortable family transport.
At heart, I’m a reporter, and the ute’s transformation has given me the raw material to do what I do best – reporting.
I’ve been editing weekly newspapers and weekly, fortnightly and monthly magazines since 1979, 12 years after I started as a cadet reporter at the late and much-lamented Auckland Star, the greatest-ever NZ daily newspaper, our equivalent of The Washington Post.
The Star’s senior staffers hammered into a rebellious 17-year-old me the virtues of true journalism.
Fairness, accuracy, decency and above all the fear of getting it wrong or missing THE STORY, was the approach they taught.
And I hope that the values I learned there have helped me to bring our readers a lively, vital and well-written LCV Magazine, 50-odd years after I set out on my voyage in the news business. Moving on is always bitter/sweet. There’s irritation at things you might have done better, plans that didn’t materialise, ideas that didn’t quite come off, the itch to make the next issue better than the current one.
Countering that is the lure of vistas yet undiscovered let alone charted. Peeking, like Alice stepping through the looking glass, at new, undiscovered worlds and experiences.
The time has come to step aside from the stresses of editing a magazine.
But I’m not finished with this craft yet. There are still stories to be written, yarns to be spun, questions to be asked, people to be interviewed.
I hope to engage with you again in the pages of LCV Magazine but, as Editor, it’s time for me to bid a fond farewell.
To all of the people who have supported me as I developed LCV Magazine editorially and all of you who gave me positive feedback, I say, thank-you.