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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

New “Fake News” Denials Ripped From Old Playbook

When the President of the United States dismisses serious stories by established media organizations as “Fake News” (a term originally coined to describe something far different), his supporters cheer, others cringe, some roll their eyes and many don’t know what to think. But I stumbled across something in recent days that shows how this phenomenon, … Continued

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

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