Do Readers Care Who Pays the Editor?
Hi all. Sorry for the dry spell in my blogging. Sometime life intercedes and sidetracks our well-heeled routines.
Today I’d like to consider the question of recently displaced editors selling their brand w/o full disclosure. I know how the editorial community feels about such actions, but do readers really care?
Here the problem: What’s an industry-recognized and -respected editor to do once he/she is laid-off by a major publisher? There seems to be one of three career choices:
> Become a freelancer
> Become an editor for a corporation, i.e., EiC for a corporate magazine and/or online site.
> Become an editor for a corporation but give the appearance of still being an independent journalist.
It’s the later case that concerns me. Aside from ethical questions and eventual damage to the editor’s brand, do the readers really care? Can anyone cite examples of the effects on less than full disclosure to the readers (not the editorial community)? Appreciate your thoughts.