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Has Corporate PR Been Reduced To Gatekeeping?

Sometimes, journalists can write about PR better than many PR types. Case in point, this analysis from The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein. If you work in news or PR, or just have curiosity about what we do, please read it before continuing. Thank you. This piece reflects a trend we see far too often. Corporate … Continued

“Fake News” Claims Revealed As Biggest Fake Of All

While its title certainly doesn’t do anything to shed an elitist image, the new Showtime documentary series “The Fourth Estate” shows viewers, for the first time, how news is made in the unprecedented news environment that began in late January 2017. The series producers had unprecedented access to the New York Times, every day for … Continued

Would You Buy A Used Car From This PR Firm?

A week after the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, it’s still easy to think about the 2018 Conference pillar of trust. In full disclosure, the Conference’s organizer, the Detroit Regional Chamber is a Tanner Friedman client and I serve as a primary media contact for journalists covering the annual gathering of Michigan’s business, political and nonprofit … Continued

A Vacation From Email Is A Real Vacation

The “real vacation” may be the most elusive experience in modern business. Ironically, I have friends who hold me up as some kind of an example because I’m “only” connected to work 358 days per year. That’s because in recent years, I have had the good fortune to be able to take cruises vacations during … Continued

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