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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

Beware of Finger Pointing Toward PR Counsel

The best podcasts aren’t just a conversation between a host and guest. They involve you, the listener, too, by really getting you thinking. If you work in news, PR or politics, this one will do just that. It’s CNN’s Brian Stelter talking with Steve Schmidt, the former John McCain campaign strategist who has gone public … Continued

CNN+ New Evidence of TV Business Change

We found out today that the big money CNN+ streaming service is doomed to last about as long as Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Carmen Electra Rodman. We also found out this week that onetime streaming king Netflix has chilled – losing subscriptions and stock price. So streaming is dying? No. Not at all. Maybe … Continued