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Notes from 2007 Reveal Media and PR Change

Among the interesting finds from the Tanner Friedman office move earlier this year was two pages of notes used for a presentation about media change in October 2007. Now, ten years later, reexamining what I shared with an audience of professionals from various businesses then and comparing it with today’s environment serves as a reminder … Continued

Kid Rock Performs A Rare PR “Never”

There are very fewer “nevers” in the PR business. One of them, at least for you, should be “never deny media credentials out of spite.” Kid Rock, scheduled to open the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with a string of concerts didn’t like a column in the Detroit Free Press, so he and/or his … Continued

Reporter Risk in the Eye of the Storm

The on-going, once-in-a-lifetime storm events in Texas and Florida not only obliterated homes and power lines but also virtually blew all other news out of the water for the better part of two weeks and counting. This week, the New York Times’ Sopan Deb took an interesting look at TV storm reporting asking, in essence, … Continued

20 Years Since Diana, At Least Local Media Has Changed

It was the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend 1997 and it quickly became an “all hands on deck” situation. I was working as a local TV news producer and I, along with virtually all of my colleagues, had to give up our holiday weekend time because of a story that was anything but local. Princess … Continued

A Hurricane Calms a Storm

At the risk of sounding flippant, sometimes it takes a storm to make a village, ‘yall. As we all continue to watch images of tragedy and devastation in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we are also hearing and reading countless tales of heroism, selflessness and perseverance. Of individuals suffering but also of people … Continued

Jailed Journalist’s Story Resonates Today

With talk in Washington of “going after leakers” and the U.S. Attorney General refusing to deny that journalists could be charged with crimes for not revealing sources, the name Brad Stone popped into my head. As an aspiring journalist 31 years ago, I remember it well. Stone was a WJBK-TV producer who spent two days … Continued