Somewhat wizened after years of hand-to-hand technology PR combat, TWL occasionally fails to keep up with the latest comings and goings of technology journalists.
This usually doesn’t matter as, once you’re out of short trousers (in about five years time in Richard Millington’s case), you can generally get away without knowing any journalists by simply saying ‘strategy’ and knowing how to use Excel.
But, of course, there are times when one is stuck alone in a cold office late at night, trying to rustle up a briefing document that includes some background on a collective of journalists that one has never met.
This is when you come across the likes of John-Paul Kamath, newly appointed deputy technology editor at Computer Weekly, as a range of blogs that had cut and pasted from Response Source told me with tremendously little ‘value-add.’
J-PK, like Michael Knight, it seemed, was a man without a history. Just as TWL was convinced that this was a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who doesn’t exist, J-PK’s website shimmered into view.
Exactly how useful the following background on John-Paul Kamath was to the touring US exec of a technology company is debatable, but the briefing doc was complete:
Deputy technology editor
John-Paul (“JP”) recently joined Computer Weekly as deputy technology editor and has the knowledge one would expect of someone in that role. He is very focused on end-user issues – indeed his mantra is “my audience comes first for me in all my work.”
Outside of work John-Paul Kamath enjoys music. His remix and DJ mixes have been broadcast on Xfm and Jazzfm in the UK and on remixes.net and KUCI 88.9fm in the US. America's leading dance magazine, URB, also praised his Late Night London Mix when it was reviewed in its March issue.
John-Paul studied under Barrie Keefe, who scripted The Long Good Friday. He also plans to self-publish his own comic, having secured – it is rumoured – an agreement with Computer Weekly to produce a weekly IT cartoon strip.
JP doesn’t like looking directly into a camera.