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Success In Broadcasting Takes Broadcasters

One of the great things about working with clients for many years can be the conversations. It’s the shoptalk that can’t usually happen in a meeting. Over the weekend, I got one of those calls. It was a burning question from Rich Homberg, the General Manager of Detroit Public TV. Sometimes, we talk about TV. … Continued

Here’s Why If Your Eyes Aren’t On Axios, They Should Be

There’s one thing about the media business that has been true since 1898. The Cox family knows how to make money in it. It started when James Cox bought the Dayton Evening News (later the Daily News) and grew an empire. At one time, the privately-owned company owned 17 daily newspapers. Along the way came … Continued

Political News: The New King Of Content

In 30 years of working in and around the media business, I don’t remember seeing anything like the seismic moves we saw in recent months with government and political journalists in Michigan. It was a reshuffling of editors and reporters that affected, at last count, seven news organizations, as movement between them led to a … Continued

In PR and News, What We Do Can Actually Save Lives

“It’s not like we’re saving lives here?” If you’ve worked in a newsroom or a PR firm, you’ve no doubt heard lines like that over the years. Sure, it helps to keep yourself in check. But a story from this past weekend proves that sometimes, even in this environment of fractured, personal media, even when … Continued

We Live In Talking Points Nation

I’ll admit that when I started in the PR business, after working in broadcast news, I wasn’t totally sure what “talking points” were. That seems unimaginable now. The term wasn’t at all mainstream in the ’90s. I don’t think I ever heard it in a newsroom or read it published anywhere. I quickly learned that, … Continued