More crowing, please.
While Professor Ron Johnston hit the nail on the head, he also knocked together the heads of vernacular and academic geographers (Point of view, April 2012).
As a teacher of academic geography, albeit to university entrance level, for some 44 years, I long ago discovered that the glossiness of a magazine doesn't necessarily mask its content. Surely Ben Parfitt's article on GPS mapping in East Africa (Putting yourself on the map, April 2012), and Olivia Edward's report on wildlife conservation in the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya (On and on and on, March 2012) appealed to Professor Johnston's eyes.
Years ago, I submitted an article to Geographical on the very first transducer (sonar) recordings, by my sixth-form students, of Red Tarn and Grizedale Tam on the Helvellyn Massif and the editor informed me that it would be published shortly. But then I was eclipsed by Chris Bonington's ascent of Mount Everest.
Editors of geographical magazines need to look out for details of academic research not only in universities but also in schools at pre-university level. This can only be realised if geographers from both sets of establishments crow more loudly about their achievements after all, editors can only publish the material submitted.
Alan Rogers, Wellington, Somerset