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National Newspaper Editorial Effort Doesn’t Meet PR Test

In their common crisis of credibility, a top priority for U.S. news outlets should be busting myths, include those perpetuated by the President of the United States. One common misperception, which seems to have grown in stature in recent years, is that somehow, separately owned and operated news organizations are coordinated as “The Media,” together … Continued

Don’t Let Old Tweets Become Curveballs

This blog is authored by Joshua Geary, an incoming Senior at Central Michigan University and intern at Tanner Friedman for Summer 2018. Don Tanner served as Editor: It happened again this week – this time to Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Sean Newcomb after what should have been the most exciting night in his blossoming career – … Continued

The New White House PR Move You Shouldn’t Copy

In real life, the worst reaction to a news story you don’t like, is “We’re going to pull their credentials.” It’s even worse than, “We’re going to pull the ads.” Take it from someone who has granted thousands of credentials and even seen a few revoked, which, absent a violation of a credential policy (which … Continued

When PR and Ad Terrorism Crossed A Line

What happened this past week to one businessperson and community leader should never happen anywhere. Media executives and communications professionals should pay attention and agree that it crossed a line. We know that media, both traditional and social, can be powerful tools for expressing and shaping opinion. But when tactics cross over into acts of … Continued

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

“At Home With The McAllisters” Sounds, Feels Like Home

In March, Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Annalise Frank broke the news of the debut of new online streaming radio/video programming via New Media Radio. As summer progresses so too does the look and sound of shows in three different dayparts – all available live online and via the App and through podcast – including former … Continued