The editors: 1986-2007

Seven people have guided Computerworld's editorial over its 1000 issues

Don Hill

November 1986 to April 1999

Where is he now?

Hill founded and edits the d-Brief website

Richard Wood

April 1999 to July 2000

Where is he now?

Wood is InternetNZ's communications and research officer

Anthony Doesburg

August 2000 to May 2004

Where is he now?

Doesburg freelances, including writing a technology column for The New Zealand Herald

Doug Casement (managing editor)

June 2004 to February 2005

Where is he now?

Casement manages analyst firm IDC's IT management programme

Matt Cooney

February 2005 to September 2005

Where is he now?

Cooney edits Idealog magazine in Auckland

Paul Brislen

September 2005 to December 2006

Where is he now?

Brislen is external communications manager for Vodafone New Zealand

Rob O'Neill

January 2007 to present

Editing Computerworld is a challenging job, as I've found over the last eight months. It is made extra hard by the fact it's a job that is never really finished — you just hit deadline and have to let it go. In the last few hours before those deadlines, stories are edited — sometimes several times — and proofed and headlines and intros polished. Sometimes you grab the chance to make one last phone call, do one last interview that might just lift a piece above the norm, that might deliver a little extra value to the readers.

It's a job that requires great awareness not just of what is happening in the industry, but of when it is happening and when it will become public knowledge. You also have to watch your competitors and try and anticipate whether they will have any given story and how they will treat it if they do.

Around the edges of all that production, you also have to try and get out and talk to people in the industry — to go to events and have coffees and generally get inside the round. It can get pretty intense, but I get the feeling that is true for a lot of jobs these days.

The most satisfying moment, even for us who are great believers in online media, is when the print version of Computerworld arrives in the office on a Friday. It's a weekly miracle: you start with nothing and end up with a tangible product that the team has created from scratch. That is simply unbeatable.

To me, weekly papers are a special thing. You are timely enough to break news and you have time enough to put that news into some form of context. for me, weekly is a sweet spot in publishing.

The web has added a different dimension to that, we can also act like a daily — in fact, we can beat the dailies. Over time it will add more in the form of multimedia. This year has seen Computerworld produce its first podcasts, for instance.

In many jobs it's hard to see the fruit of your work — but not in journalism. Of course, everyone else can see it too, and criticise it. In many respects that is what a publication is for, to be a talking point or to initiate a conversation.

This year we initiated important conversations. Specifically we broke the story of the new banking code of practice, which could have reduced consumer protections in the event of internet banking fraud. We chased that story and the code, with the help of The Dominion, all the way back to the drawing board for review.

We have broken a lot of other great stories this year and across the 21 years of Computerworld's existence. We will continue to do so, but that banking code story, written by founding Computerworld hand Stephen Bell, is one of the ones where we know we made a difference.

It's the kind of story that keeps you going, energised, week after week and deadline after deadline.

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