Around the town
In an article this morning in The New Republic, Jessica Grose considers the (generally incorrect) assumption that women’s magazines—Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire—don’t do serious journalism. Ms. Grose notes out that “women’s magazines have received zero ASME nominations for reporting in the past 30 years and zero ASME nominations for fiction in the past 20 years.” Not just wins, nominations. Unlike men’s magazines—GQ, Esquire—women’s magazines aren’t even allowed to compete with general-interest magazines like The New Yorker or The New Republic; rather, they’re shunted to their own category, “service and fashion magazines.” (TNR)
In less depressing media news:
We recently noticed an interesting reader-submitted review on Amazon for Jessica Grose’s new novel Sad Desk Salad. Slate editor David Plotz (Ms. Grose’s former boss, as she was a senior editor at Slate and most recently wrote for the site in August 2012) submitted a review just like any other normal book-buyer. “I Read More
Vulture, New York magazine’s stand-alone culture blog, has hired two new editors, editor Josh Wolk announced today.
The first is Jessica Grose, the former Jezebel currently overseeing Slate’s DoubleX. She will fill the deputy editor position Willa Paskin recently left to become television critic at Salon. (We’ll have Foster draw up another visual aid Read More