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5 Social Media Predictions for 2014

Happy 2014. I’m still disappointed that we don’t have flying cars and robot servants yet, but I’m hoping we make strides this year. I’m also hoping we get smarter about the environment and how to remove big money from politics. But I digress. Let’s talk social/digital media instead. Here are three predictions for the social […]

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Live Broadcasting is the Way to Go

Today PR News published a byline I wrote about why brands should consider using their digital and social channels for live programming. It’s called “5 Reasons Brands Should Go Live.” Here is a brief excerpt: “What do The New York Times, the Huffington Post and Verizon Wireless all have in common? All three brands have […]

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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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Boston, Social Media & the Press

During the horrific week of the Boston Marathon bombings – where the news seem to fly faster than even Twitter – one thing stuck out like a sore thumb: The mainstream media remains the best place to get accurate news. Despite all the cuts, all the closings and the sorry economic state of the mainstream […]

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The Eyes of Lots & Lots of Strangers

They are watching you. And if you install Ghosterly on your browser, “they” will finally have names. Names like KissMetrics, Quantcast, Google Analytics, ChartBeat and MediaMind.  These are just some of the many companies pilfering your data online.  They are watching and recording your every click and then selling it to corporations, governments and private […]

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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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Saturday is the New Friday

Let’s face it: The 40-hour work week is dead.  And all that blather about 4-day and 3-day work weeks is just that: blather. Workers, especially professional workers, have lost the gains made by labor unions in the 19th and early 20th centuries to win the eight-hour day and 40-hour work week.  The Fair Labor Standards Act […]

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Journalism’s Addiction: In Love with Journalists

The practice of journalists interviewing journalists has become a pet peeve of mine. So I was irked recently when listening to NPR’s Morning Edition and the host introduced a story about the Egypt reaching the one-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak being ousted as president. In order to recap the last year and the turmoil Egypt […]

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Will Anyone Ever Pay for Journalism Again?

Never giveaway a product if you have to sell it to stay in business. Sounds like a no-brainer doesn’t it?  Because guess what happens when no one wants to buy your product anymore? You go out of business. That’s what’s happening to the business of journalism right now.  It is slowly, but surely, going out […]

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BTW – Journalism Continues to Collapse

Remember 2009? The year that I like to call “The Great Media Collapse.” Layoffs galore.  Newspapers folding.  Magazines selling for peanuts (remember the $5 million fire sale for BusinessWeek?). 2009 ended with more than 14,000 journalists in the unemployment line and newspaper circulations plunging to the lowest levels since the 1940s. Not a good year […]

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