SELF is wellness you can trust. We help you take good care of yourself, your loved ones, and your community. No matter the platform, our work reflects this service-driven mission and the core values of inclusivity, accuracy, autonomy, and empathy. We recognize that wellness is as much about self-expression and self-compassion as it is about workout classes and healthy eating; that it’s not all-or-nothing; and that every person’s individual goals for wellness are different, and that’s great. We also recognize that personal health is intimately connected to community health, and that better health outcomes often require systemic change. We’re all in this together, and SELF is here for you.
SELF reaches over 20 million people each month across a wide range of platforms, including web, video, and social media. SELF is recognized as a global thought leader in health content and has won numerous awards, including a National Magazine Award, Webby’s People’s Voice award, MM&M Gold Award; plus appeared on Adweek’s Hot List and Ad Age’s Publisher’s A-List. SELF’s Editor in Chief has been honored as Digital Editor of the Year by the 2018 Folio: Digital Awards, as well as a 2018 Changemaker by Digiday.
Who We Are
The SELF editorial team is composed of a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of reporting and editing backgrounds. The varying viewpoints and unique opinions of each person on the team help drive SELF’s content to be among the best and most respected health content published today.
Here’s a look at our team’s leadership:
Carolyn Kylstra - Editor in Chief
Carolyn led the transformation of the historically print-rooted magazine brand into a thriving and award-winning digitally led organization, resulting in SELF's highest site traffic and video views in brand history, as well as a dedicated following of 10 million visitors per month on SELF’s Snapchat Discover channel.
During her tenure as Editor in Chief, SELF has won a National Magazine Award for Social Media, Hottest in Wellness and Fitness on Adweek’s Hot List, Digital Publisher’s A-List on Ad Age’s Publisher’s A-List, Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Health Website, and an MM&M Gold Award for Best Consumer Health Website. Additionally, Carolyn was honored as Digital Editor of the Year by the 2018 Folio: Digital Awards, as well as a 2018 Changemaker by Digiday. Prior to her current position, Carolyn served as Executive Digital Director of SELF; health editor at BuzzFeed; site director at Women's Health; and worked as an editor at both Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health.
Carolyn is a health journalist who is passionate about helping people better understand their bodies. She's a fan of good science and bad puns, and lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, son, and dog.
Leta Shy - Digital Director
Leta Shy is the digital director of SELF magazine. She joined the team in 2015 as executive editor and now oversees editorial and brand strategy. Leta is dedicated to SELF’s mission to help people feel better, included, and welcome in wellness.
Prior to joining SELF, Leta worked as a fitness editor at PopSugar and a medical editor at several scientific communications agencies. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and daughter, and loves a good Saturday morning run through Prospect Park.
Zahra Barnes - Executive Editor
Zahra Barnes joined SELF in November 2015, working on the Culture and Health teams before becoming Health Director in November 2019. She was named Executive Editor in August 2020. She has spent her career as a reporter and editor covering women's lives with a focus on wellness.
Zahra specializes in sexual, reproductive, and mental health, all with the goal of destigmatizing these topics and highlighting issues in underserved communities. She’s passionate about exposing the systemic and institutional flaws that lead to health disparities for marginalized people, as well as providing service that helps readers navigate these systems for the best mental and physical health outcomes possible.
When Zahra’s not working, you can find her watching scary movies, eating salted caramel gelato mixed with Phish Food (life-changing combination), and enjoying time at home with her partner and perfect ginger tabby, Sonny.
Amy Eisinger, M.A., C.P.T. - Special Projects Director
Amy is an A.C.E.-certified personal trainer, PROnatal prenatal and postpartum specialist, and the host of Sweat With SELF workout videos. She is a native Floridian who has been living in New York City for over a decade writing, editing, and doing all things digital. She received her B.A. in English and Classics from the University of Florida, and her M.A. in Journalism from New York University.
Her work has been published in the NY Daily News, Washington Post, The Knot, L.A. Times, Cosmopolitan, and Greatist, among others. When she's not at work, Amy enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her partner, daughter, and dog.
Sally Tamarkin, M.S.W. - Features Director
Sally Tamarkin joined SELF as Food and Fitness Director in February 2018. She's been writing and editing stories about nutrition, fitness, health, body image, and related topics since 2014. Before that, she was a community organizer in Connecticut working on reproductive justice and trans civil rights issues.
She has a Masters of Social Work in community organizing and she co-hosts the advice podcast The Struggle Bus. Her goal is to fill the internet (and the world) with accurate, inclusive, aggressively non-judgmental information about nutrition, fitness, and bodies, and also to challenge and dismantle normative ways of thinking about bodies.
Kenny Thapoung, Associate Director of Audience Development
Kenny Thapoung joined SELF as the Social Media Manager in November 2015. In 2018, he expanded his role to Associate Director of Audience Development where he began working on newsletter and SEO strategy for the brand. He has a B.A. in Magazine Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to SELF, he worked at other publications including Women’s Health, Glamour, and Marie Claire.
If Kenny isn’t in his kitchen experimenting with new Asian recipes, he’s running, biking, or exploring different neighborhoods in New York City. He’ll never say no to a horror movie—as long as you let him cover his ears during the scary parts.
Amber Venerable, Visuals Director
Visuals Director Amber Venerable joined SELF in February 2017, working on reshaping the visuals of the brand as it went completely digital. She art directs on set, location scouts, casts models and always builds teams that support SELF’s mission of inclusivity.
A Texas native and Howard University graduate, she currently lives in Brooklyn when not traveling the world in search of new experiences.
About Conde Nast
Condé Nast is a global media company that produces some of the world’s leading print, digital, video, and social brands. Along with SELF, Conde Nast owns Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, Architectural Digest, and more; plus numerous international editions of those publications.
Conde Nast is headquartered in New York and London, and operates in 32 markets around the globe including France, Germany, India, China, Japan, and more—reaching some 88 million consumers in print, 427 million in digital, and 423 million across social platforms. In short: Conde Nast brings big ideas to life.
Editorial Standards and Practices
SELF strives to apply best practices for reporting our articles. We take care to interview credentialed experts, doctors, and researchers; and to cite information from nationally recognized agencies, organizations, research institutes, and peer-reviewed medical journals.
Health information can change over time, so our articles may be updated as needed.
Content Creation Process: Writers and Editors
SELF is mindful about who we select to write for us, including thought leaders, advocates, and or writers who have years of experience with a particular subject in order to provide insightful , service-driven content. Our editors also work closely with writers, revising and refining before an article is finalized.?
Articles may go through several layers of editing prior to publication in order to help ensure the quality of the work. Multiple sources are consulted whenever possible or necessary.
If you're a writer interested in writing for SELF, please read this pitching guide. It includes information about what to pitch, what not to pitch, pay rates, and more.
How SELF Earns Revenue
In order to provide you with the very best health and wellness content, SELF runs advertisements. Additionally, SELF may join with other companies, earn affiliate revenue through products you see on the website or on our social media channels, or publish sponsored or branded content or videos. Products that earn us affiliate revenue are frequently tested by our editors. Learn more about our reviews and testing processes here.
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Please don’t hesitate to contact us with comments, criticism, or just to say hi. Reach out at: email@example.com.
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