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Journalism Balance Rears its Ugly Head – Again

There is one party to blame for the federal government shutdown in the U.S. Republicans. No matter what your political affiliation this is simply a fact. Republicans have refused to approve a federal budget unless the U.S. Congress and the President agree to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known as […]

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Journalism as a Community Builder

Do you know your neighbors anymore? Do you know the history and traditions of your city or town? Do you follow the news of your city and town? Do you know the names of your mayor or city councilors? Do you attend Board of Selectmen meetings? Are you up-to-date on happenings at the high school […]

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6 Ways to Fix Online Commenting

Popular Science has closed off commenting on its website. The reason, according to The Guardian, is trolls and spam. The sheer magnitude of it. Popular Science also cited a study that says commenting can change a readers opinion or perception of an article. Which, according to Popular Science, is bad for science. Especially when the […]

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The Amazon Post or Why Print Was Already Dead

One of my PR colleagues had this reaction to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, buying the Washington Post. “This really is the end of an era for print media as we know it.” My reaction? Where have you been? Print media, particularly print newspapers, official kicked the bucket in 2009 – after a long […]

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Technology Can’t Replace Journalism

Fast Company recently published a story about a Vice reporter uses Google Glass to report on demonstrations in the Middle East and the United States. The article was a glowing tribute to the benefits of using innovative technology to enhance journalism. There’s was just one problem. As near as I can tell the “journalism” that […]

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Begging is not a Distribution Strategy

The old method of getting your corporate “news” distributed: Paying a wire service to distribute your news release Begging news reporters to turn your press release into a news article Okay, maybe begging is a bit of stretch. Public relations consultants don’t necessarily beg. They have other tools to call upon in placing “news” at […]

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You Aren’t in the Press Release Business

Dear PR Professional: Can we talk please? Because it is 2013 and you should know this already. You aren’t in the business of writing press releases. You aren’t in the business of pitching the media. Seriously. Let’s ignore the fact that those two things are tactics and get to the heart of the matter. They are […]

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3 Ways to Save Journalism from Extinction

Let this statistic sink in for a moment. Total number of journalists in the U.S.: 40,000 Total number of Google employees: 54,000 Google was founded in 1998.  Journalism may have died around the same time. Try this one on for size. There are 3.6 public relations professionals for every single journalist.  Nearly 4 to 1. […]

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How to be a Paperboy

Remember the neighborhood paperboy? Every morning (or afternoon) he mounted his bicycle with his trusty his canvass shoulder bag and hand delivered the daily newspaper to dozens, even of hundreds of households. Personalized, customized delivery to meet the needs of the clients. That used to be the way content was delivered. But make no mistake […]

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Has Journalism Become Elitist?

The answer, unfortunately, might be yes. At one point, only a couple of decades ago, newsrooms were filled with reporters culled from the ranks of blue-collar and working class families. When I started in journalism, newsroom were gritty places. Profanity was not only common, but as permanent as the water stains on the ceiling tiles. […]

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