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Helen Gurley Brown, Longtime ‘Cosmo’ Editor, Dead at 90

Ad Age reports that Helen Gurley Brown, who spent more than thirty years as editor of Cosm0poltian after publishing her revolutionary 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl, passed away Monday at the age of 90. She was a true trailblazer in the publishing industry: Under her leadership, Cosmo became a beacon of the sexual revolution and challenged many of the day’s sexist notions, chief among them the widely held beliefs that women need marriage to find fulfillment and that sex should only occur within that august institution. Cosmo grew to be a bible of sorts for independent, fashion-conscious, liberated women–or “Cosmo girls” as Ms. Gurley Brown called them. “Good girls go to heaven,” she often said, “but bad girls go everywhere.”

Even after Bonnie Fuller took over as editor in chief of Cosmo in 1997, Ms. Gurley Brown spent many years overseeing the magazine’s international editions, a position that allowed her to offer her advice to Cosmo-affiliated editors all over the world. In a typically irreverent 2000 interview with Dow Jones Newswires, she noted that these editors were not required to take her advice, but they usually did “because it works.” Who would argue?

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Former Page Sixer on the Menu: ‘Misconception That All Gossip News Comes From Publicists’

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Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was former Page Six reporter Corynne Steindler, talking about 21st Century gossip reporting and her new senior reporting job at Bonnie Fuller‘s HollywoodLife.

Asked about her working relationships with the PR community, Steindler acknowledged that about 30-40% of her scoops come from PR, but said, “its a bit of a misconception that all gossip news comes from publicists.” That being said, Steindler said she still relies on “contacts and friends in the PR world” especially for “access to events and celebrities.”

Working solely online, HollywoodLife.com is obviously much different than Page Six. “We don’t have a quota or a column to fill,” she said. “We post continuously all day. So our stories can come from anyplace–a celebrity Twitter account, a news story that’s already breaking…we can do it in real time.” You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at mediabistro.com or download episodes for free on iTunes.

Gawker Media’s Denton: Magazine and Newspaper Reporters “Don’t Adjust Well to Working Online”

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Earlier this week we asked the question, “Do Former Journalists Make Good PR Pros?” which generated a healthy debate in the comments section of that post.

At least one media company owner believes “traditional media” journalists don’t make for good online reporters. At I Want Media’s The Future of Media: 2009 panel yesterday, Gawker Media’s Nick Denton told attendees:

“It’s very, very tempting right now to say, ‘Ok, let’s go out and let’s hire 50 of the best people from newspapers and magazines…” but went on to say, “they don’t adjust well to working online.”

FishbowlNY’s Amanda Earnst attended the panel, which also featured former Star magazine editor Bonnie Fuller, The Wall Street Journal‘s deputy managing editor Alan Murray, Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Read her take here.