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A New Example Of Actual Fake News

You can’t make this stuff up. Even if you tried, you wouldn’t go as far as real life did. But it really did happen. And that means it could happen again. A few weeks ago, I got a call from a client I hadn’t worked with in years. They received an email inquiry from someone … Continued

Vanderbilt Did What? Beware of AI for PR

Even after 25 years of working with higher education clients, accelerating in recent years, it can be some of the most challenging PR work possible. Audiences are varied, have high appetites for information and expect fast, if not instant communication about a wide range of content areas. The sector is experiencing tremendous changes and crises … Continued

Terror Attack News Coverage Should Learn From Crisis PR

“Get the widow on the set! We need dirty laundry.” Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” which offered biting criticism of broadcast news, along with some nice guitar solos, is now 41 years-old. The lyrics came to mind this week as 10 million of us in Michigan experienced an act of terrorism even though that isn’t how … Continued

PR Might As Well Face It: We’re Addicted To Statements

On one hand, conversations between journalists and PR types shouldn’t be much different than interpersonal communication between any of us. We all communicate differently than we used to and it’s a ton more text, email and app direct messages than once upon a time. Even stilted, agenda-driven Zoom and Teams calls fall under a similar … Continued

“The Whale” Offers Life Lessons Large and Small

As one gets older it is only natural to become more reflective of year’s past and interactions with family and friends, loved ones and contemporaries, including in the context of tenets you have set for life and for work.  The importance of balance, understanding and mutual respect – toward others and toward oneself. Such messages … Continued

Radio Station Return A Fun Media Moment, At Least

The closest thing to a time machine may have been invented by, of all people, those who run a once-bankrupt media company. But will it be good for business? For now, I don’t really care because I’m really enjoying it as it’s getting started. 99X is back on the radio in Atlanta and, well, everywhere. … Continued