Where do you draw the line in reporting on celebrities?
Noted editor Bonnie Fuller has launched Bonnie Fuller Media to meet the evolving needs of her longtime loyal following. Twice named Advertising Age's "Editor of the Year," she's been responsible for some of the magazine world's most well-recognized titles, including having served as Vice President and Chief Editorial Director of American Media (Star, Shape, Men's Fitness, Natural Health, and Fit Pregnancy) and Editor-in-Chief of US Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, YM, and FLARE magazines. Generally credited with inventing the “celebrity lens" school of journalism, she is a frequent contributor to a variety of media outlets including HuffingtonPost.com and Advertising Age and regularly participates on media industry panels.
Question: Where do you draw the line in reporting on celebrities?
Fuller: Well we don’t do things . . . Like we don’t believe in doing things like taking long range pictures, or buying pictures that were taken at long range of people sunning topless in their back yards or on a yacht. We don’t photograph children’s schools – like the children of celebrities, their schools; or reveal their school addresses. We don’t reveal . . . In fact we don’t reveal people’s addresses. There’s . . . You know there’s lines that I feel have . . . that we never have crossed, however, that a lot of other media have crossed at this point. And it seems like the same standards that magazines are held to are not the same in the digital world. And so some of the web sites, I mean they have revealed all kinds of things we never would have done before. Recorded On: 1/30/08
Fuller does not condone long-range pictures.
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