Jessica Helfand in All the News That Fits:
In most major newspapers, so-called "hierarchy" itself is fundamentally driven by the newsworthiness of key stories, and the decisions regarding their choice and presentation are typically made by news editors - not, it should be noted, by designers.
Kenneth Fitzgerald in Down in the Trenches:
Design writing seemed the province of a small, intense group - usually talking to themselves. It was reasonable to ask if this separation influenced what was written. Conversely, what were the circumstances of the potential audience? At my workplace, all the popular design publications were available but went unread.