Yes, Women's Magazines Can Do Serious Journalism. Here's Proof.

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When Port magazine's cover story on the so-called "New Golden Age" of print media came out, many were quick to point out the myriad problems with featuring six white male editors and not a single woman or person of color. (One of my favorite responses is Ruth Franklin's fiery open letter.) Today, Jessica Grose piece "Can Women's Magazines Do Serious Journalism? Some People Don't Think So..." in the New Republic points out another issue with Port's story that hasn't been as widely discussed. 

Although five of the six editors included in the piece are editors of general interest publications, Jim Nelson of GQ was also featured. Port editor-in-chief Dan Crowe asked Anna Wintour to participate in the shoot and she declined. Crowe opted not to ask another female editor, because, as he said, unfortunately, "these are not the people editing" truly excellent magazines. 

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) seems to agree. For example, the last time a women's magazine was nominated for the "essays and criticism" category of the ASME National Magazine Awards was when Mirabella, now defunct, was nominated in 1999. Considering magazines such as Elle and Vogue offer excellent literary and film criticism, it's a little ridiculous that we're approaching the decade-and-a-half mark for even a nomination.

In response to Grose's piece, women's magazine writers and editors have been tweeting excellent essays and serious journalistic pieces today. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites:

Women's magazines report on a variety of substantial, relevant topics. The issues covered don't overlap perfectly with some of the hard-hitting stories of mainstream media, but that's exactly the point. 

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