Last night at a Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in NY, Vogue's editor Anna Wintour spoke in public (that alone is news), but the poor woman was interrupted by PETA members shouting "This woman skins animals alive!" As New York Magazine put it, "the editor's expression was a mix of polite restraint and Is there no security in this place?" Not surprisingly, once the brouhaha died down, her insights into fashion, fashion journalism, and journalism in general had the edge you'd expect. "Our job is to really dig through all that and help our readers make choices and explain what we're seeing," she said. "Right now, there's almost too much information on fashion — I'm confused!" Check out the magazine's tweets from the event here.
Time reports on an internal Wall Street Journal memo regarding staff's use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Most of it, writes Time's James Poniewozik, "boils down to the classic old-media problem with new media: fear of the loss of control." He writes: "The guidelines Dow Jones put out basically instruct their staffers to be the most boring social-networkers online, to be withholding from their readers, and generally, to guarantee themselves a tiny online following. If the editors and managers at the WSJ and other Dow Jones properties have any sense, they will instruct their staff to break these rules as much as possible." Touche.