Former BusinessWeek writer Gary Weiss notes the lower morale and other problems with his alma mater due to the departure of AME Paul Barrett in a post on his blog.
Weiss wrote, “Rumblings out of BW tell me that the staff is not crazy about its new redesign and showcasing of ‘celebrity’ columnists, and that readers aren’t charmed by the changes either. Nor advertisers, apparently.
“Obviously Barrett is unfazed by the onset of Rupert Murdoch at the Journal. And why not? Despite the expressions of angst from many quarters, including this one, there’s no indication that the Journal will jettison its franchise of investigative reporting and meaty narratives.
“Business Week, on the other hand, has lost advertisers, and issues are substantially thinner than they were during the magazine’s heyday in the 1990s. Less advertising means less editorial copy, and that is a toxic combination for text-heavy investigative reporting.”
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