The Press: Romance Without Sensation

Asked what makes a good editor, Editor Bruce Ingram of the Illustrated London News once replied: "The chef does not go out with his gun to shoot the pheasant. He does not gather the strawberries and pick the peas. But he knows where the best are to be found and he can combine [them] into a perfect meal. That is the function of the editor."

Last week, as he celebrated his 50th anniversary as editor of the world's oldest picture magazine, plump, jolly Chef Ingram was performing the neat feat of turning out a tasty and tasteful journalistic meal without spice. "Whatever...