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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

The PR Cuts That Will Actually Be Good For Business

Leading a half-day media relations workshop just last week for communicators from across the country, we challenged them all to make necessary cuts. They, like all of us, need to cut their media lists. They need to send their pitches and releases to fewer journalists. Really. As soon as possible. PR is in a crisis … Continued

How Media Changed From Inside “Camp O.J.” 25 Years Later

In looking at how the O.J. Simpson case changed media and changed careers 25 years ago, the stories of those who worked at the enormous media compound outside the Criminal Courts Building in Downtown Los Angeles in 1994 and 1995 – known as “Camp O.J.” – are among the most fascinating. To share one of … 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

Lessons From The NBA: What It Takes To Do Championship PR

Going for a walk on a summer morning and listening to a podcast helped put things into perspective. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic hosts a podcast that has become part of my weekend routine. He talks, in-depth, about media and trends to professionals who happen to cover sports. This week, he focused on two journalists, … Continued