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January 25, 2006

Ex-BW staffer blogs on ad drop at BusinessWeek

Stephen Baker

This is the weirdness of blogging in today's mainstream pubs. I link to a former colleague, Gary Weiss, who is blogging about disappointing ad numbers at BusinessWeek.

The second commment to his post, though anonymous, has the ring of someone who works closely with us:

The hard-hitting reporting you bemoan withered away because of budgetary reasons. Besides the layoffs of the last several years, many of those who left on their own??s you did, Gary??ere not replaced. Investigative reporting takes a lot of time and resources, and it?? tough to do when you are budget-challenged. That said, BW?? new editor-in-chief hired the Wall Street Journal?? Page One editor as an assistant managing editor last fall, and put him in charge of investigative projects. That?? an important commitment to investigative reporting. And indeed, the magazine has been producing more investigative reporting in recent months and will continue to do more. Whether that results in more ads...who knows? But it should make for a more interesting magazine.

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Tracked on February 14, 2006 03:34 PM

Hey, thanks for the mention, Steve.

Yes, there is a kind of circularity to two or three apparent insiders posting in my blog off-premises, and your picking it up and posting it on-premises. Perhaps y'all should consider an internal blog so the troops can let off steam.

By the way, I hate to be a crass self-promoter, but I would be remiss if I did not point out that I have a book coming out in April. The title is Wall Street Vs. America, and further info (and some recent, flattering advance comments) is obtainable from my website and from this blog item: http://garyweiss.blogspot.com/2006/01/kind-words-i-see-that-theres.html

Gary

Posted by: Gary Weiss at January 25, 2006 08:11 PM

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