In October 1986 aged 19 and about to enter the world of PR, I bought a new music magazine called Q. It opened my ears to music and my eyes to magazines.
Fast forward 27 years to the PPA Centenary dinner in London. Among the doyens of the publishing industry were Q founders David Hepworth and Mark Ellen. I was excited like the 19-year old me, too nervous to ask for their autographs.
That’s what magazines mean to me. The challenges make me nervous, but the wealth of opportunities we have in the digital age makes me excited every day.
* Alan still has his first issue of Q and still subscribes.
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