The Dirty Secret of Magazine Journalism

As I thumb through the current issues of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post Magazine, I’m shocked to discover that between their covers editorial content is placed alongside aesthetically pleasing messages from corporations! Apparently large companies are being offered exclusive “pay-to-play” magazine real estate to influence the readers of these publications. The leadership at each organization insists that decisions about which corporations are allowed to advertise are made by business staff, not editorial employees. Even so, it is inevitable that the writers and editors at these publications discover who is subsidizing their work each time they flip through their own articles.