Thursday, August 18, 2011
Eleni Epstein & Fashion Journalism
I am working on revising my article about Washington Star Fashion Editor Eleni Epstein. It is a biographical piece that I am reworking and adding a section about other overlooked fashion editors. Fashion is one of the four Fs of the women's pages.
I make the argument that these women are worthy of study for the contribution they made to journalism history. They contributed to the social, economic and textile development of their communities. Because these women covered soft news, rather than hard news they have been largely left out of much of journalism history. They deserve to be included just as food journalism is just now earning respect. In the summer of 2011, the Bible for journalists, the Associated Press Stylebook, added a special section devoted to food reporting. According to a press release, the reason for the new section was: ““With all the cooking shows, blogs and magazines focusing on food, as well as growing interest in organic and locally sourced foods, our new food section feels timely and on trend,” said Colleen Newvine, product manager of the AP Stylebook. Fashion journalism also deserve to have its stature raised and its content studied.