Former Independent journalist Emma Cook has been appointed features
editor of the Evening Standard’s ES magazine. She replaces Francesca
Ryan who has moved to the Saturday Telegraph as an associate editor.
Alongside editor Louise Chunn and deputy editor Genevieve Fox, Cook will
be responsible for commissioning across the entire magazine. However she
will have particular responsibility for the His and Her column,
interviews and the Street Life section devoted to interiors.
Cook says that although she has no particular brief to change the
magazine, she would like to see it become a little harder in its
approach and more news-oriented. ’I want to see more investigative
pieces, and I would like to focus on more interesting, but not
necessarily more famous, Londoners, ’ she said.
She admitted that her desire for the magazine to become more topical is
slightly at odds with its three-week lead times, but she said she would
like articles to have stronger reasons for being there.
’I would also like to see more women in the magazine and, dare I say it,
make it less PR-driven,’ she added.
Before moving to the Evening Standard Cook spent 16 months as features
writer on the Independent on Sunday. That followed an 18-month stint on
the Independent, where she was assistant features editor.