Between Editorial and Advertising: Magazine publishing is an abstract business. The subscription price is less than the print and delivery costs. Profits from single-copy sales are offset by the fact that most of the magazines in newsstands and bookstores go unsold and are shredded.
Between Editorial and Advertising
Magazine publishing is an abstract business. The subscription price is less than the print and delivery costs. Profits from single-copy sales are offset by the fact that most of the magazines in newsstands and bookstores go unsold and are shredded. These facts require publishers to rely upon an income stream from advertisers. Since magazine publishers have a business relationship with the advertisers, the subscribers often suspect their objectivity in reporting.
Magazine publishers must have a reputation for impartiality, or readership diminishes, along with trust in the reporter's sincerity. This requirement for impartiality hits the special interest publisher hardest. TV and radio rarely provide editorial coverage of advertisers' products and services. Newspapers may write about advertisers' products and services, but not in every issue. Likewise for general interest magazines (Time, Newsweek, etc.).
Every issue of a special interest magazine includes extensive editorial coverage of the advertisers' products. Some advertisers believe that, because they pay advertising fees, they should get favorable stories. Some readers suspect that publishers conspire with advertisers to deceive readers into purchasing products. It doesn't take much creativity to imagine what it's like to be a special interest magazine publisher. At all times, some advertisers are boycotting because they can't influence editorial, and some readers believe the advertisers are influencing the magazine's coverage.
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