Media Experiments Working – And Maintaining Journalism Soul

2019-10-04T11:59:25+00:00 By |

For eons, it seems, the news media has been neck deep in the trial and error business. Since long before I left daily journalism 13 years ago, the media, mainstream newspapers in particular, were trying and failing to be something they weren’t – purveyors of celebrity gossip, click baiters, partisan hatchet sheets and worse. At every [...]

Dating Apps Are Creating Content Now

2018-01-29T10:15:57+00:00 By |

Soon enough, we will be swiping right for our news content. Earlier this month, the female-led dating app Bumble announced that it would be diving into the world of content creation by establishing its own media brand. This isn’t necessarily a surprise, given that the app has expanded in recent years to offer networking opportunities and [...]

Professionalism is in the Copy Edits

2017-11-06T11:08:03+00:00 By |

A recent oversight in a small Kansas newspaper reopened a common discussion this week. What was meant to be an innocent story about students getting job experience turned into an NSFW headline, all because they forgot a dash. And the Internet went crazy. Of course, for my network of journalists and media managers, this sparked a [...]

Mining Hidden News Gems in Small Town USA

2018-01-10T14:03:24+00:00 By |

Summer’s road trip time for much of America. Families, cars, beaches, mountains, lakes, drive-ins, roadside joints. One of the things I absolutely adore about being on the road (other than force-feeding my children a diet of great rock music) is picking up the local newspaper wherever we stop. There’s typically a great nugget of local news [...]

Is the White House Hurting PR? The Jury is Still Out.

2018-01-10T14:04:21+00:00 By |

The White House communications staff is arguably the most visible set of communications professionals in the country. And, according to a recent study, they could be damaging the industry. This study, published by the USC Center for PR, says a majority of the industry believes the White House communications staff, currently led by Sean Spicer and Sarah [...]