Magazine Ahead, Steer Away

If you read Ad Age regularly, you know that much of the magazine’s editorial output is created by reader-practitioners, a fact that can lead to uneven coverage. Here’s an example.
In an article on the need to maintain senior-level generalists instead of mid-level specialists, Bob Rose, VP-director of account services and media operations at Seiter & Miller Advertising, argues that “media people” are biased against print.

I think the shock the print medium is experiencing financially is more the result of online-centric advertising people steering spending away from newspapers and magazines than it is the true decline in that medium’s efficacy. (The decline in ad spending in print is a much worse challenge than maintaining audience levels for the medium.) Today’s media people are at the core of this de-valuation of print because it is a bias of their training to think digitally; it is not a reflection of an objective evaluation of the print medium’s value.

Perhaps I’m confused, but I don’t understand how someone in media can be against any medium that brings in revenue.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I think Rose is right.
    Media people start with a bagful of money. The agency earns about the same regardless of where they spend it (this is usually but not always true. Agencies often earn higher commissions for online advertising because of the time required to keep monitoring and optimizing.)
    One would think media people would be neutral and would put their clients’ money where it will do the most good. However, everyone has preconceived notions. Media people tend to be young and tend to prefer online activities to reading. Consequently they will be more likely to put money into online. Also, online is hipper. Print media are “old-fashioned.” Media people like to be hip.