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TV Anchor Strums To Retirement With Legacy

As the wave of Baby Boomers leaving TV news while still at the top of their games continues, Stephen Clark wants his audience to know that he’s leaving WXYZ-TV in Detroit this week in a  scenario that is one-of-a-kind. After 16 years at the anchor desk, he told us last week “To me, Detroit has … Continued

Don’t Confuse Government PR With Political PR, Especially In A Crisis

Political PR is often about making one person look good, no matter what. But it was reinforced, at least to me, today that government PR can be something altogether different. I had the privilege of moderating a session on crisis communication, as part of a special day-long conference for public information officers or “PIOs,” on … Continued

Sheltered From Reality: We Need Real Dialogue About The North Korean Threat

Yesterday morning in Hawaii, the unthinkable seemed to be happening: A ballistic missile was incoming, the text and highway civil defense systems were warning; with fifteen minutes until impact the citizenry was implored to take cover. Many fled to interior rooms, underground parking garages and even bathtubs to await the worst. Thirty-eight agonizing minutes later, … Continued

Who Really Watches TV News?

TV news used to epitomize what we used to call “mass media.” While TV newscasts still draw audiences larger than just about anything else in news, it has become something of a niche product. Now, we have a closer look at that niche. A new study from the Pew Research Center gives us a snapshot … Continued

Three Billboards, More Life Lessons.

If you have not already seen “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” you should. More than just a movie with an interesting plot garnering rave reviews since its release in recent weeks, the dark comedy is also an examination into the human psyche including how we interact, judge and communicate with each people. As we prepare … Continued

Media’s “Land Of Confusion” Needs Its Own PR

The business of media ends 2017 in worse shape than it started and that’s bad news for our society. Many of the challenges are financially-driven and there are few, if any, clear ways around that. But some of the issues are driven by factors that PR has traditionally been asked to help resolve – trust … Continued