off the record
Last week, a small group of Cosmopolitan magazine readers trekked up to the Hearst Tower to powwow with editors of one of Hearst’s most successful franchises.
Laura Brounstein will be the special projects director for Cosmopolitan, the magazine announced today.
marketing to millennials
There must be a law somewhere that no discussion of the millennial generation can occur without at least one mention of Girls.
Marina Khidekel has been named the new deputy editor at Cosmopolitan, FishbowlNY reports. Ms. Khidekel comes over to the Hearst tower from Condé Nast, where she was a senior articles editor at Glamour and covered health.
Helen Gurley Brown, who gave single women across America a sense of liberation with her editorship of Cosmopolitan, has died at age 90.
All in the Family
An online petition asking Hearst Magazines to cover up Cosmopolitan’s racy cover lines got a surprising new spokeswoman last week: Victoria Hearst, the daughter of former Hearst Corp. chairman Randolph A. Hearst and younger sister of Patty and Anne.
Reached at home in Colorado, Ms. Hearst told Off the Record that the company should “have a moral compass and put it in an opaque bag and make it sold only to adults.”
It’s a proposition that’s unlikely to go over well with her relatives on the corporation’s board. Cosmo’s cover lines, though comically blunt (“Your Orgasm Guaranteed,” “Um, Vagina, Are You Okay Down There?”), help make it the best selling consumer magazine on American newsstands. But Ms. Hearst is accustomed to being a black sheep.
With the help of a $30 M. gift from longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University’s School of Engineering have established the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the two universities and the Hearst Corporation announced today.
The Institute is inspired by David Brown, Ms. Brown’s late husband, a former journalist, publisher, film and theater producer who graduated from both Stanford and Columbia Journalism School.
Just-shy-of-eighteen-year-old Dakota Fanning graces the all-pink cover of February’s Cosmopolitan.
The cover of the version that went out to advertisers (and the Observer) appears to have been edited to remove all mention of “mind-blowing” activity, which reportedly happens Read More
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski has been given a monthly column at Cosmopolitan, the magazine announced today.
The column, which launches in the October issue, is called “Getting What You Want.” When that phrase appears on Cosmo covers it’s typically followed by “in bed” or “from your man,” but Ms. Brzezinski will write about “career confidence, empowerment, and getting ahead in the workplace,” according to the press release.
In the lobby of the Hollywood Life offices in a nondescript Midtown East office tower, a young writer in thigh-high lacy stockings, short-shorts and a black fedora importuned the receptionist for suggestions on what to eat for lunch.
“How about Mexican?” her friend offered.
“Perfect! But do you think they’d give me just the tortilla? Read More