Monday, October 20, 2008

CosmoGirl Folds

So last week, one of my fellow interns told me that her sister-in-law told her that CosmoGirl was folding. This was strange for many reasons: 1) The teen magazine is just a few floors above us and 2) I hadn't heard anything on the fashion/gossip blogs!

But, unfortunately, it is the sad truth. The first thing I did was googled "CosmoGirl folded" and sure enough there were results. Then, I mentioned it to my internship advisor because I knew a fellow Wagner student actually has/had an internship at CosmoGirl. She told me that indeed the magazine was over.

So today I talked to this student, Laura. She told me how devastated she was, especially when she got the news from her editor who was in fact crying. I told her I didn't blame her because God knows that I would burst into tears if something happened to MC. Luckily, we have Nina G, and I think that will keep us around for a little while...God willing.

Laura also told me how her internship was not ruined because of the folding. She did initially have stories planned to run in the February issue, but since the magazine is ending with their December issue, it is a no go. However, the editors knew that the interns need this for college credit, so they agreed to keep the interns for the magazine's website. She gets to work on topics such as "Hotties of 2008", etc. She also commented on how the interns are going to get video cameras and record themselves around the office to put on the website "to show what it's like when a magazine folds".

It's scary that the print magazine is a dying industry. I pray that somehow the glossies will resurrect themselves, because reading fashion spreads on the computer is NOT the same as holding those shiny pages in your hand.

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