EW's president talks about a group of talented young reporters

It’s one of the most exhausting days of the year for our staff but also one of the most rewarding: On April 24, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY participated in the fifth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day by guiding 31 girls in creating their own six-page versions of our magazine. Their cover subject was Sesame Street costar Sonia Manzano, who bravely agreed to be the focus of a no-holds-barred press conference.

The pint-size reporters were up to the challenge, firing off queries ranging from the intrepid, like ”How much money do you make?” (Manzano said that like Madonna, she never discusses her income), to the lighthearted — ”Have you ever tickled Elmo?” (yes, the real one). The girls then selected photos, wrote their pieces, monitored their layouts, and studied the publishing side of the magazine, all with unflagging enthusiasm. ”They were really driving the day,” says special projects editor Alison Gwinn, who helped coordinate the activities. ”They learned a lot.” Still, kids will be kids. Says Katherine Kelly, 9, ”Our favorite part was when [associate editor] Wook Kim barked like a dog.” Now, that’s a useful career lesson.

Astute readers may notice that this week’s television section is nearly double its usual size. In our continuing efforts to make EW’s TV coverage as useful and up-to-the-minute as possible, we have added Channel Surfing, a day-by-day guide to the week’s notable programs, including expanded cable coverage. ”We know how daunting TV grids can be,” says Television senior editor Mary Kaye Schilling. ”Ours highlights the most intriguing programs, so you can watch TV rather than research it.” This issue also inaugurates critic Bruce Fretts’ new column, Remote Patrol, a collection of musings and observations about TV trends. ”We’ve always wanted to be able to cover a wider spectrum of television,” says managing editor James Seymore. ”This finally gives us a chance to do that.” We trust you’ll let us know what you think.

Michael J.Klingensmith