I am not sure if this post belongs here (hopefully, since it's Phoenix-specific) or in the Media section, but has anyone else noticed the redudancy of the reviews in Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, New Times, AZ Central, etc?
Specifcially, now that Nikki is no longer at Phoenix Magazine word on the street is that they are using freelance writers for the restaurant section and the editor dictates what restaurants are reviewed, not the food writers. This means that many of the hidden "gems" that the foodies know about will never get exposure, because the editor is dictating the content.
In the same week, both the New Times and Arizona Republic reviewed Roka Akor. Within a week, Phoenix Magazine and the Arizona Republic reviewed Cafepino....BOTH written by the same writer (Carey Sweet) but for a different publication! How much more redundant can we get and, rhetorically, how much does this limit the ability of smaller places to have their story heard?
This practice at Phoenix Magazine also brings into question the independence of the editorial content versus advertising revenue. Nikki was heavily criticized for her "Luc's Sucks" review and in the first issue where Nikki wasn't there, Luc's had a huge "advertorial" in the magazine. Coincidence? Probably not. How can the food writers not have a say in what places they write about?
Maybe there is a limited number of "qualified" food writers in this town, but it seems to me that as a major metropolis our media could do a better job of sharing the wealth and ensuring that we don't see the same places reviewed, at the same time, by the same writers...within a week of eachother!
Must be nice for the writers who get paid by-the-story...they can re-use their content for a variety of publications!
Has anyone else noticed this?