There’s no question that, over the past ten years, fashion media (and all media for that matter) has changed dramatically–a fact that was underscored last week when bloggers Scott Schuman and Garance Dore took home the CFDA Media Award, something that would have previously been unthinkable.
“10 years ago, [Scott and Garance] wouldn’t have gotten this award,” Pharrell said during the ceremony. “That’s what’s so exciting about tonight.”
Garance reiterated that fact, saying, “Six years ago I opened my blog [and] it wasn’t taken very seriously.” Fast forward to 2012, and she’s accepting the highest honor from her peers. Clearly, the landscape has changed drastically.
“It is just a different world and different time that we live in,” CFDA president Steven Kolb said, of the pair’s win.
“The reason why Scott and Garance won the Media Award and who they are and what they do, is no different than those who have won before,” he added. “Fashion and media are changing every second because of technology.”
Truer words could not have been spoken. Gone are the days when print publications alone ruled the industry–now news is broken on Twitter, and blogs and websites have become legitimate (and necessary) sources of original reporting. While these changes are generally improvements–particularly for the way we consume media–they also have huge implications for the jobs of those who work in the industry, and not all of them are positive. Now, an editor is not just an editor: She or he must also be a blogger, a Tweeter, an Instagrammer, a street style star and in many cases, a “personality.” And that’s not even mentioning all the DJ gigs, TV appearances and special projects that editors today are racking up.
So, what exactly does it mean to be an editor, in today’s ever-changing, digital climate?