Advertiser pressure on daily newspapers a survey of advertising sales executives

Soontae An, Lori Bergen

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Abstract

Despite increasing concern over advertisers' influence on news content, little is known about how advertising sales executives handle balancing their business goals and the ultimate organizational goal-integrity of the news product-in their daily decision making. This study examines how and to what extent advertising sales executives deal with advertiser influences on news content. A survey of 219 advertising directors at U.S. daily newspapers showed frequent conflicts between the business side and the journalism side of the newspaper operation. Those at small newspapers or chain-owned newspapers were more likely to endorse scenarios where editorial integrity was compromised to please or refrain from offending their advertisers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Advertising
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007

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