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
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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
There’s a stat that should stop everyone in the news and PR businesses in their tracks this week. A poll of Republican voters in the “purple” state of Michigan, published in the Detroit News, shows among those who align with the GOP, 66 percent of them – 2 out of every 3 – believe that … Continued
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
“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
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