Trade and tech media moves (salaries not published)

Salaries in Technical PR, Engineering PR, Industrial PR, Manufacturing PR & Electronics PRNews this week that the BBC is going to be forced to publish the salaries of its highest earners will not be sparking fears of similar moves in technical publishing. It’s long been said that journalists in the industrial and engineering arenas are paid too little and expected to achieve too much.

Clearly, this isn’t a situation that applies to every engineering journalist out there and in comparative terms there are plenty of low income earners in the UK who would say its utter nonsense. However, it does point to a fundamental problem; the relatively low turnovers of trade magazines in the UK. Less advertising means fewer journalists, which in turn means a less high quality editorial product and thus even less advertising in the long run. This merry-go-round is a very difficult one to climb off.

But it’s Friday and that means I’m really here to tell you about moves in the trade media, so here goes:

Kate Towers has joined as Clinical Pharmacist, a monthly title that writes about hospital pharmacy, as assistant editor.

Reed Business Information has announced the closure of the print edition of Personnel Today; the title moves online only to This shift follows the transfer of recruitment and display advertising from the magazine to the website.

Josh Halliday has taken a job at The Guardian as a trainee reporter covering media and technology.

Finally, The Economist is to see Defence and Security Correspondent Anton La Guardia become Brussels Correspondent. Industry Editor Matthew Symonds is to take over Anton's former role.

It isn’t known how much any of the people featured in this week’s media moves earn. And quite frankly, I wouldn’t care even if they were funded via the TV licence. I think the BBC has forgotten about value somewhere along the cost cutting line.

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Richard Stone

Stone Junction is a cool technical PR agency based in Stafford. We work for all sorts of businesses, with a particular focus on technology, technical and engineering companies. We like being sent cake and biscuits by clients, journalists and prospects.

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