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

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. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.