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Some DMN section editors now report to sales managers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SixToe, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    WTF? Have they completely given up on any journalistic ethics and a wall of separation, or is it only about the bottom line and ethics be dammed?

    Sales or Advertising staff dictating editorial control? No way I ever ever would agree to that.

    DMN is Dead. To. Me. Forever.


    The lead graph:

    After the jump, you will find a memo Dallas Morning News editor Bob Mong and senior vice president of sales Cyndy Carr sent to everyone at A.H. Belo Corp. Wednesday afternoon outlining what they call a "business/news integration." Which means? As of yesterday, some section editors at all of the company's papers, including The News, will now report directly to Carr's team of sales managers, now referred to as general managers. In short, those who sell ads for A.H. Belo's products will now dictate content within A.H. Belo's products, which is a radical departure from the way newspapers have been run since, oh, forever.
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Ooooooowee, T'Shane! (SNLreference)

    I'm a defender of the DMN, but this? Oh, hell no. This goes against all the principles of journalistic integrity.
  3. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    this is a great idea. just look how good a job those sales people have done bringing in revenue.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Saw that on Romenesko - just below a story about the Oklahoman giving staffers paid time off to volunteer to work on a political campaign backed by the publisher.
    Honestly, journos are rank amateurs when it comes to being unethical.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    At least with the political campaign bit you are getting paid to broaden your resume.

    I can see news meetings starting now with charts of how many washing machines were sold in the Greater Dallas area.
  6. Good thing they didn't try to pull this shit when Dave Smith was still running Sports. He'd have told them to go F themselves.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

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  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    If reporters can get commissions for advertiser-friendly stories, it might turn out fine for everyone!
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    So if you live in Dallas or Oklahoma City, your working assumption is that everything in the newspaper is a lie unless proven otherwise by some other source of information.
    Really, I don't want people to lose their jobs, but what excuse do these two papers cited in this thread have for existing anymore?
  10. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    News Editor: We got this great story for tomorrow on BigCityCorp's president being caught as the main pimp in a prostitution ring.

    Ad manager: He's one of our biggest advertisers. Can you run it without mentioning his name or the company?

    News Editor: Well, that's kind of not newsworthy then.

    Ad manager: Great. Go with that.
  11. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Ho-leeee fuck-ing sheeeeiiiiit. There's no longer anything that surprises me.
  12. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    For those that want to jump directly to the Q&A with Bob Mong:
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