Vanity Fair, how I wronged thee!

As a student on the MA Magazine Journalism course, we’re encouraged (obviously) to not only look at newspapers, but also at magazines. My course leader, Ms. Yvonne Illsley, cannot recommend Vanity Fair enough.

I have a confession to make. I always thought it was a magazine full of gloss and fluff and nothing else. That was a pre-conceived judgement without me actually taking a look at what’s inside. Vanity Fair, I am sorry. You are not fluff. You have intelligent features, cool interviews and all this combined with some of the best photographs I’ve seen in magazines lately. The first issue I read was the November issue with Penelope Cruz on the cover. I connected with the feature on 26/11 simply because it was personal to me. I did have a problem with something, a phrase, in that article, but apart from that… time well spent.

I subscribed to Vanity Fair last night, but since I won’t get the December issue in that (as it’s already out)… I went and bought it at W.H. Smith’s today. Here’s the mug-shot. And no, I didn’t buy it only because of who is on the cover. Although that might be part of it… 😀

Vanity Fair - December 2009 issue

Quote of the post: “The secret of successful journalism is to make your readers so angry they will write half your paper for you.”  – C.E.M. Joad


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