Publishing is a brutal industry, and the ‘print is dead’ narrative has been rearing its ugly head for close to two decades now. Still, it stings to hear the news that Conde Nast will be closing down the print edition of Teen Vogue, especially since it’s been on such a roll this past year.
Since the election, Teen Vogue has placed a stronger focus on socio-political coverage, providing its readers with some of the most piercing insights into the intersections of politics, gender, sex, race, activism and patriarchy. They took their young readers seriously, reminding their predominantly teen female base that it was okay to care about eyelash extensions as well as reproductive rights. Frankly, other publications could learn from them. Alas, the magazine itself will end, with as many as 80 jobs on the chopping block.
Conde Nast will also decrease the frequency of other publications on their roster like GQ, W, and Allure. Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, Brides and The New Yorker will not alter their publishing schedule. It’s unclear where Teen Vogue’s editor in chief Elaine Welteroth will head, which is a real loss to publishing as one of the very few women of colour at the top mast of a magazine. There’s a job opening up at Glamour soon - another magazine decreasing its publishing schedule - so who knows.
Remember, print is important. We need to stave off this Pivot To Video bollocks any way we can.