Editor-In-Chief of Glamour UK Deborah Joseph Industry Talk
The Condé Nast College was delighted to welcome Editor-in-Chief of Glamour UK, Deborah Joseph as our industry speaker this week. Deborah Joseph’s industry talk was held live over Zoom from the GLAMOUR UK offices at Vogue House.
About Deborah Joseph
Deborah is an award-winning editor, with over 20 years experience in digital and print publishing. She has spent the last two years editing GLAMOUR and directing its content transition from a print to a digital-first, 360 brand for a Millennial and Gen-Z, beauty-loving audience.
Prior to this, she spent six years working on a broad range of digital projects helping tech start-ups and established brands develop and implement their content, social and influencer strategies.
Deborah began her formative career in glossy women’s magazines, working for Cosmopolitan and More! before joining the launch team of GLAMOUR as Entertainment and Associate Editor. She went on to edit the Daily Mail’s Women’s Lifestyle section, before returning to Condé Nast to edit Brides, Easy Living and now GLAMOUR.
Key takeaways from the CNC Deborah Joseph Industry Talk
During her talk, Deborah addressed a number of issues affecting the industry including diversity, her own struggle within the industry at the beginning of her career, as well as using journalism for good.
“You have a voice through your writing,” Deborah Joseph, Editor-In-Chief, GLAMOUR UK.
She spoke about the incredible rise of GLAMOUR’s popularity through staying relevant, and stressed the importance of giving younger and less experienced members of the team the opportunity to shine and really be part of the team.
Deborah has uniquely held Editor positions at three Condé Nast titles (Brides, Easy Living, and now GLAMOUR) during her career, as well as being a mother of three. During her talk, Deborah spoke about her work life balance and raising a family alongside having a career that most journalists could only dream of.
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What an honour to be featured in the @thetimes today, writing about my experiences of prejudice and racism throughout my life and at work – for the colour of my skin and my religion. From being labelled as ‘new’ at work (that’s ‘not entirely white’) to being told to ‘go back to where I come from’ – that’ll be Manchester then – and my favourite of all ‘where am I <really> from?’ Thankfully conversations and actions around diversity and inclusion are now at the heart of my industry and some parts of society, (though let’s not think for a moment racism is over just because we’re talking about it, it isn’t). There’s still much work to be done. I hope this piece adds an interesting and worthwhile perspective to the conversation and encourages people to continue to challenge their own unconscious bias towards friends and colleagues. Thanks to @msnicolajeal for being such an understanding and brilliant editor (and for putting up with the fact I’d only wear black), to @mark_harrison_photography @sophietilley.uk @hannahskelley for making the shoot in my house so enjoyable and making me feel so great – it was the most excitement my kitchen has seen for over 6 months!
Deborah talked about the complementary way “churnalists” and print trained journalists have to work together, and where the former benefits from speed and agility in turning around copy, the latter brings the strength of formulating articles with careful precision and editing.
When posed with the question of the future of print and being at the helm of a digital first publication, her parting advice to our students was to be multi-skilled. “Tell great stories, and learn how to tell them on different platforms.”
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