Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Allowing Advance Peeks

Even more than most readers, businessmen are apt to complain about stories written about them. Considering the press's "spotty record" for fairness and accuracy, New England Business magazine lamented in a recent editorial that "somewhere in the deep past, the journalistic trade decided that it was unprofessional" to show an article in advance to its principal source. Founded in 1952, New England Business (circ. 45,000) is now proudly violating that rule, though " sometimes this leads to difficult conversations." It finds businessmen grateful, but the practice is not a total guarantee of...

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