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Founder of INQUIRER rejected as INQ news editor

An application for a news editor job at Incisive Media’s The INQUIRER was turned down because of the applicant’s inexperience.

Mike Magee, who started the INQster in 2001, applied – in all good faith,  for the job,  thinking erroneously that his former baby perhaps needed a helping hand.

But that met with an outright refusal from Incisive Media human resources. It thanked him for his interest, but said that his lack of experience disqualified him for the job.

Magee (103) told TechEye: “The INQster has turned into a different beast since I sold it to VNU four years ago. Now, it focuses on articles with gravitas and so it is completely understandable the title doesn’t need my help. Perhaps I could be the editorial assistant and open the post.”

VNU was taken over by Incisive Media some years ago.

Added Magee: “Since I left The INQUIRER some years ago, its editorial focus has completely changed – and for the better.

“This country needs respectable, responsible journalism and I am pleased that Incisive has turned that former rather irreverent rag into a real journal of record.” Bring back the Inquisitor.

Paul Hales is 63½.

Wanted: An editor for the INQUIRER

We are given to understand that the INQUIRER is looking for an editor.  Ian Williams is moving to take another job, we understand.

We don’t know who the candidates to replace Ian might be. We’d suggest Paul Hales, but he seems to be pre-occupied with some site called Thinq. We’d suggest Mike Magee, but he seems to be pre-occupied with some site called techeye.net and something called tgdaily.com. Maybe Andrew Thomas would make a great editor of the INQUIRER.

Or maybe Theo Valich or Fuad Abazovic, or Charlie Demerjian. Or Nick Farrell.

Mike, according to very reliable sources called Mike,  did offer to buy the INQUIRER back from Incisive Media a while back, but was told in no uncertain terms to get on his bike.

Until a few months ago, he got endless internal emails from Incisive, even though he sold the INQUIRER to VNU several years ago.

The job vacancy is here. Mike has applied.

IT online journalism can't stop begatting

SEFER HA ZOHAR: 12, 1 And lo, Mike Magee and John Lettice begat the Register. And it was good as an email newsletter started in 1994 for some years, although racks of coins did not fall on their heads. And then a Drew Cullen also became a begat, and before we knew where we were, Linus Birtles in 1998 begatted a rack of coins and made it so.

Then there was a parting of the seas and Mike was cast out into the infernal darkness and went and begatted the Inquirer.

And lo,  it was good in the land of milk and honey for five years.

Then Castle Despair put Mike into Black Jail for a full two years and he despaired, not having a multi-coloured cloak to wear. And he left the Castle, laughing all the way to the Bank and not looking back in case he was turned into a veritable Pillar of Salt (POS).  Begorrah. Sod em.

Then Metaplume begatted the IT Examiner and Instant News and Mike was in the Land of Pearls for a year, verily a year, before he was cast back into the veritable Sodom called Oxford, a Vale of Tears for a while.

And then the begatting really really started at Castle Despair. First Fuad Abazovic begatted fudzilla.com and the begatting continued apace. Lo, before you knew where you were, Charlie Demerjian begatted semiaccurate.com and then Theo Valich did a begatting all by himself called the Bright Side of News.

Then Castle Despair begatted Paul Hales onto the street and he thought he’d do a bit of begatting himself. And before Paul Hales begats thinq.co.uk in a few days time, Mike Magee begatted techeye.net.

And lo. The fragmented journalists went a weeping and wailing in their Despair to the advertisers and vendors and a dark cast was put upon them by the Agencies and by the agents.  Now there was much gnashing of teeth but the Vendors, laughing out loud said: “The ball is now in our court.com”. [That’s surely enough begatting? Ed.]