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The Baseball Strike Communications Lesson That Lingers

Thanks to news coverage, I know that I’m writing this post 25 years to the day after the monumental Major League Baseball strike. That helps me remember something I learned then that is still relevant now. The players went on strike after the games on Friday night. On Saturday morning, I was producing a local … Continued

Social Media: Can We Pause For Greater Effect?

Last year in New Zealand, a shooter gruesomely and callously recorded and posted video live to social media using a body cam. Despite nearly immediate and aggressive means to remove the footage (YouTube eliminated it from users’ pages 1.5 million times in the first 24 hours), it lived on for weeks. While that is an … Continued

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

While this blog takes its name from an iconic movie line, it has never been more true in our society today. News and barbs coming out of our nation’s capital in recent days makes that fact even more evident. There is, it seems, no longer a middle ground – for thought, opinion or conversation. There … Continued

Toy Story 4: A Lesson in Moving On

I recently enjoyed the latest chapter in the incredibly imaginative and heartwarming story that is the Toy Story saga – Toy Story 4. I don’t think it’s a major spoiler to reveal that Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, is feeling a little lost and maybe not so useful anymore. Woody is no longer the confident … Continued

25 Years Later, A Conversation With An OJ Analyst

25 years ago, using a primitive, pre-Windows newsroom computer system, I could type “lower 1/3” graphic information for the name Erwin Chemerinsky with the same speed as I could Johnnie Cochran. In putting together nightly recaps of the O.J. Simpson trial, using network interviews, I knew I could always count on a soundbite from the … Continued

What Happens In Youngstown Won’t Stay In Youngstown

We’ve told you how more than 1,000 newspapers across the country have closed in the past decade. We’ve also told you how despite the fact that a Harvard researcher predicts half of newspapers that survived will last less than another decade, 71% of news consumers think the media business is healthy. There’s a big disconnect … Continued