I’m a magazine major in the J school. J for journalism. So naturally, I believe magazines are a form of journalism—a form that I hope someday, very soon, will be able to financially support my shopping habit. I know a lot of others agree with me.
However, Self editor and chief Lucy Danziger does not agree. At a conference last week she stated that she feels the stock of Self is not in journalism but rather inspiring and informing.
In all fairness, Danziger was attempting to defend Self against many critics who were unhappy with the Photoshopped September cover of Kelly Clarkson. Unfortunately, she didn’t do such a good job.
She stated that Self is about as honest as magazines get. However, lots of magazines do not use Photoshop in the degree that Self does or did with this photo.
There are several issues to be raised here. Is Danziger saying the stock of her magazine is not in journalism because she knows they are lying to people with photos like these? Is she right when she says Self is just about as honest as it gets? Do women really want to see basically fake photographs on the covers of magazines?
I have my opinions, but I am curious to hear yours.