Pinch and believe: Editors report to ad honchos

Some editors at The Dallas Morning News have started reporting directly to executives outside the newsroom who oversee advertising sales, under a restructuring that overturns longstanding traditions in American newspapers aimed at shielding news judgments from business concerns.
"In the sports and entertainment segments, the senior news editors will report directly to the G.M. while retaining a strong reporting relationship to the editor and managing editor," a memo said. Asked if there were plans to apply the structure in sports and entertainment to other parts of the paper, editor Bob Mong said, "not at this time."

He said the announcement caused some unease among reporters and editors, and "they had all the questions I would hope they would have, and believe me, they'll be very vigilant." He said editors were told explicitly to fight back if they were told to do anything unethical.

With revenue tumbling, several papers have taken steps to soften the divide between journalism and business, though some later reversed course

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