Interview: Doug McGill (The McGill
25th March 2003, by Greg Tingle
when and why did you get involved in the media and
web publishing business?
been a journalist for 26 years. My two biggest gigs
were as a staff reporter at The New York Times, which
I did from 1979 to 1989, and as a bureau chief for
Bloomberg News, from 1992 to 1996. I got into the
web side of things in 1999-2001 when I helped to start
two web sites that published daily English-language
news about China, China Online and Virtual China.
They are both more or less defunct now.
did you come up with the concept of the McGill Report?
started it after 9/11. The motto -- "Media for
Global Citizens" -- remains the same. I do the
site out of the conviction that U.S. citizens don't
get what the information and news they need to become
good global citizens, from the mainstream press. I
try to write stories that in some way helps that process
your motivation in life, on a professional and
Be a good journalist. Personal: Connect meaningfully,
and in a helping way, with the people around me each
the biggest scoop or story you have worked on?
suppose that would be at The New York Times in the
middle 1980s. A few investigative stories I did back
then led to very major changes in the laws concerning
the art world in New York City and New York State.
were your mentors, if any, and what did you see in
terms of the basic news business, The New York Times
was my Harvard and Yale. My journalistic idols are
the muckrakers -- I.F. Stone, George Seldes, Ida Tarbell,
the best and worst thing about the business?
Being a journalist is a license to ask as many questions
as you want and it's okay. For a curious person, that's
heaven. Worst: The herd instinct.
have you most enjoyed working with the most and why?
enjoyed every step pretty much equally.
would you never work for again, and why?
think of a one.
the most horrific thing you have ever seen?
sure how this applies to anything ...
many visitors does your website attract?
exactly do most people find out about your
telling friends, and search engine searches.
do you attribute most of your success to?
is the biggest compliment you have ever received?
told me once that I was a natural writer.
you ever received death threats? (answer only if comfortable
I did a story once about a cult in New York City that
earned me a death threat. I left town for a couple
would you like me to tell others about you?
them about The McGill Report and Global Citizen --
if they are interested in global citizenship, check
are your future plans?
special message do you have for Petersham TAFE, and
in particular Greg Tingle's teachers and fellow students?
to hear from you folks down under!
else would you like to share with my readers?
that's about it for now.