Around the town
Hearst laid off editors in the company’s digital division today. Elle.com editor Amina Akhtar and Cosmopolitan digital director Abby Gardner have both been let go, Mashable reports. Mashable updated its post earlier this afternoon to include the fact that Ms. Gardner’s out of office auto response confirms that she is no longer at Cosmo.
Both editors took control of the news on their Twitter feeds.
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:
For fashion editors, all roads lead to September: this month’s rag mags, engorged with advertisements, represent the triumph of the hypercapitalist ethos, the huge and the loud.
Tavi Gevinson, the 14-year-old behind the popular “Style Rookie” fashion blog is starting a magazine with Jane Pratt.
Gevinson revealed the plans for the site in a note posted on her blog Friday.
Pratt’s prior magazine ventures Jane and Sassy were both praised as antidotes to the shallow materialism of other women’s titles. Jane Read More