The man who launched a dozen magazines

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post (and comments).

Thursday night was our weekly Cotton’s Bar drinks get-together. One of our new visitors was a man who launched twelve magazines.

Twelve magazines!

And in not a single case did a journalist make the move to publisher. I only know one man who did — Graham Earnshaw, formerly of Reuters, who’s now the successful publisher of the China Economic Review.

I need to talk to him again about how he did it.

Does anyone else know of any journalists who have made a transition to publisher?

The man who started the twelve magazines is now running an Internet-based business teleivion program in Japan and is in the process of expanding it to China and other Asian countries.

There’s a lot of that kind of thing going on over here — new channels, new publications, new everything spring up all around.

Signing off in Shanghai,