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
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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
Ever wonder why Christmas music seems to start so early each year? It’s all about dollars and, if you’ll pardon the pun, ‘sense’ with Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Bill Shea taking a look in this week’s issue. His comprehensive examination shows that stations such as WNIC play more of such music because more of us listen, … Continued
With the explosion of sexual harassment stories in recent weeks, it feels like the longtime culture of secrecy around the subject is finally starting to erode. But there’s one aspect of this culture that should be discussed more and that’s the double standard between politicians and just about everyone else when it comes to sexual … Continued
A year ago, Barbara McQuade was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, leading the U.S. Department of Justice’s prosecution teams in and around Detroit. Last night, she was a guest on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” as a regular on the cable channel’s talk shows. How did that happen? On March 10th of this year, … Continued
In the year since a so-called “Master of PR” and “Marketing Genius” was elected President, the PR business is not better off than it was one year ago. In fact, it’s in a tough spot. Quite simply, he has made our job more difficult. For starters, he constantly dominates the news, more than any other … Continued