A letter from our publisher -- Michael Klingensmith talks about college interns

By EW Staff
Updated October 09, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

A letter from our publisher

College interns are seasonal staffers at many magazines in this town. They’re the ones with the cool glasses and snazzy backpacks, the ones photocopying and phone-calling, letter-answering and fact-checking. They bring smarts and energy to any staff, but at Entertainment Weekly they bring something more: authoritative, youthful knowledge of what’s hot and what’s not in the college universe. This is valuable intelligence for any publication. For us, it’s a zeitgeist gold mine — our very own campus news bureau — and a source of inspiration. The magazine you hold, our first college issue, is the fruit of intern suggestions and reporting, harvested under the direction of general editor Steven Reddicliffe and senior associate editor Alison Gwinn.

Of course, coolness works both ways: EW is a pretty good magazine to work for if you’re a young movie and TV and book and music and video lover who doesn’t mind an assignment like, oh, unearthing pictures of Tipper Gore’s high school rock band, the Wildcats. We gave that one to Barnard junior Marlena Sonn. Princeton senior Alix McLean got to interview Jeff Olson, the Cowboy from the Village People. Stanford sophomore Michael Jones was put on the record-company beat, where, he reports, ”My newfound schmoozing skills allowed me to procure many free CDs.” In trying to track down celebrities, Harvard senior Beth Pinsker learned that ”it’s amazing how many famous people have people. Sometimes even the people’s people have people. Now I know what Rolodexes are for.”

All eight interns — Sherri Cooper (Penn), Allison Gaines (Brown), Jones, Rhonie Lester (Syracuse), McLean, Pinsker, Sonn, and Gregory Young (Missouri) — learned something important about the entertainment biz, much of it summed up by the list of Life Lessons that Greg helpfully left behind. Among them:

1) If it’s not entertaining, what the hell is it for?
2) Working at an entertainment magazine is like you’re a famous star, except no one wants to be you and you’ve never dated Julia Roberts.
3) Cher is God.

With wisdom like this, magazine journalism is in good hands.