Thursday, January 17, 2002

Writing About the Hands That Feed
Dan Fost contributed an interesting piece to the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday addressing the effects of the current economic slowdown on business magazines. The article's lead -- "When big tech companies feel the bite of recession, so do the big business magazines that depend on their ads. And when big magazines publish tough stories about the tech companies' business, the companies often bite back." -- spells out the gist of the piece, which looks at how companies such as PeopleSoft and Sun target magazines like Fortune and Forbes when they receive less than rosy coverage. It's a good look at the objectivity of the business press -- and how corporations throw their weight around when journalists take notice of their foibles.

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