Dallas News Decides That Journalists Should Report To Ad Sales

from the church-and-state-is-soooo-last-millennium dept

John Obeidin points us to the news that The Dallas News has basically wiped away the standard "church" and "state" separation of journalists and ad sales and has reorganized such that editorial and journalism positions now report to ad sales managers (nicely renamed "general managers"). Of course, historically, newspapers have always been clear to separate the two. There's no reason why this needs to be the case, but it can certainly raise questions about the objectivity of the reporting.

Of course, it's interesting that this is happening just days after those new FTC guidelines on making it clear if content is somehow sponsored. So, will the Dallas News now need to be more clear about its advertising partners, since the paper is now admitting that its editorial content will now be closely tied to its advertising relationships?
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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Dec 2009 @ 2:57pm

    Perhaps they are just doing the safest thing, in that the ad managers can check to make sure there are no conflicts of interest not mentioned.

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