In a move with parallels to USA Today's new Open Air magazine, The Los Angeles Times is planning to transfer control of its monthly magazine from its newsroom to its business operations, The New York Times says today.
"The arrangement would flout the tradition at most newspapers," the NYT says, "which keep business operations, like advertising and circulation, completely separate from the editorial department, which controls decisions about the contents of news and feature pages."
As I understand its history, the quarterly outdoor fun-focused Open Air began as a creature of USA Today's newsroom before it was turned over to the more advertiser-friendly USA Weekend -- a supplement inserted in more than 600 Sunday newspapers.
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