Grace Marzioli [highfashiongirl]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
Fashion, style, runway trends, beauty topics, female-targeted topics, eco-friendly fashion, street style, etc.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
Lipstick Magazine, Ali Magazine, Prim Magazine, Voxpop.tv, PopcornHK.com, Skylar Magazine, Jargon Chicago.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
What is "news"?
News is subjective. To some people, information about Brad and Angelina's relationship is news. To me, news is based on important social, scientific, or political issues. News is anything anomalous, unusual, intriguing or thought-provoking. News is what is relevant to our everyday lives (i.e.: breaking H1N1 information).
To you, what is objectivity?
Objectivity represents a neutral point of view. However, in journalism, I do not believe there is any such thing as objective reporting or objective journalism. Everyone has a bias, whether they are aware of it or not. We filter the world through our constructed viewpoints. There is no way around it. Rather than pretending to be "objective" or "unbiased" I at least always strive to be FAIR.
What is the best headline you have ever read?
"The Inquiry and the Ghost" - The Economist
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
New York Times, and I read it at home (and then I do the Crossword!).
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
I don't think so. It depends on who you're working for, I suppose!
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
To some degree, yes. If journalists are turning solely to wikipedia for answer, all hope is lost. Hard-hitting, investigative journalism that digs deep, and does so for purposes other than sensationalism, is tapering off.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
I would explain the boom of tabloid presses by pointing to the Dumbing Down of America. We are stupider than ever, and that's socially acceptable. It's abhorrent to me that children are not challenged to be better citizens of the world. I can't understand the celebrity obsession in our culture. It boths sickens and dismays me. TMZ has overtaken The Economist or the Wall Street Journal of CNN as "real" journalism.
What is your position regarding the right to privacy of famous people?
Everyone, no matter their status, has a right to privacy. Being famous doesn't mean the whole world gets to know every detail of your life. You could say that this invasion of celebrity privacy goes back to supply and demand. The public demands every detail, and, in order to stay relevant, the celebrity either supplies it or risks falling out of public favor. It is a vicious cycle.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
Do not ask the same questions everyone else is asking. Or, if you desire to ask the same question everyone else is asking, ask it in a different way, so as to get more illuminating answers. Read all of the interviews for your subject before you go into it and try not to retread well-worn territory.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
Well, "revolution" connotes positive change to my mind. I don't know if the journalism blogging phenomenon is positive or not, yet. It's too soon to tell. I am fascinated by the democratization of journalism that has occurred because of blogging and New Media.
Will the paper press disappear?
It is slowly going the way of the buffalo.
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
I love and enjoy them. I think the free papers have less journalistic integrity, but they aren't answering to a large media conglomerate and they can be more open and expressive. They'll also have the best things to do listed, the best restaurants, the best show openings, etc - because their advertisers and sponsors have much less control over this sort of thing.
What is the book you would like to write?
I am writing a book! It's about the history of fashion with a narrative that fluctuates between the first person (my personal journey with fashion) and the third person perspective that details with the history and evolution of fashion. The book is interspersed with biographical chapters about my favorite designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Hussein Chalayan and others.
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
Research, research, research.
What advice would you give to someone who has just left university and wishes to start in the profession?
Start a blog. Network with everyone you meet. Work for free so you can accumulate writing samples. Build a portfolio. Get a business card printed and hand it out. Network some more. Host an event in your city like a political townhall or an independent movie night.
Oklahoma City, OK, United States