the bold type

The fictionalized, glamorous life of fashion and beauty journalists working for a global magazine based in a New York City skyrise might be too good to be true for working women journalists, right? 

As a journalism student, it's easy to find yourself dreaming of the lives of New York City writers, but is it all that its cracked up to be?

Freeform’s original series The Bold Type, inspired by the life of previous Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, takes a step further than rejected story pitches and missed deadlines to bring audiences the realities of balancing friends and relationships while on the job.

Scarlet’s office, much like any magazine office, is the making of feel-good entertainment in what some are calling a dramedy, pulling together elements of pitching sessions and dramatized love story lines. But can exaggerated in-office affairs, jail bails and a $5,000 necklace be that realistic? Main characters Jane, Sutton and Kat give us a glimpse at life on the magazine side. 

After starting out as an assistant, Jane soon becomes a staff writer for Scarlet. Newly promoted, Jane finds herself juggling a sex health story on one hand and coverage of a congresswoman and her policies on the other. When a defamation suit strikes, Jane is left scouring her notes, and journalists everywhere can relate.

As journalists, we’ve all been there when we are overwhelmed with an editor’s story pitch. As female journalists, we want to prove our worth and skill when they are both questioned. And as writers, we have all had to rely on our notebooks for accuracy checks.

Sutton exemplifies all journalists at one point in their careers. Through confidence and intimidation, she attempts to find her voice as an assistant at the magazine. She leans on her colleagues for career advice, hoping to work her way up at the publication.

Social media director Kat learns the hard way that being a journalist allows your personal life to be seen, judged and ridiculed by online viewers. Cyberbullying is something even journalists deal with everyday.

The Bold Type doesn’t just follow the outrageous and extravagant lives of some of New York City’s luckiest journalists. It covers many contemporary, controversial topics such as politics, immigration policy and sexuality. The women find themselves experiencing common struggles that 20-something-year-olds and journalists alike face everyday.

Verdict? In The Bold Type, the struggles are real. Every journalist can empathize with either Jane, Sutton or Kat, and there are valuable lessons to be learned in watching them.

The show might portray an over-the-top and flashy magazine office, but it’s not too far off from the truth. It shows that, through failure, journalists will find their bold side and everything will work out.

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