We are in strange times when it comes to the news media.
We have a person running for President, Donald Trump, whom the news media doesn't even pretend to like in any way, shape or matter. In fact, the media's outright hatred of Trump is unparalleled in history.
And Trump despises the media. He has called one reporter a "
It was a day when the ongoing tug-of-war between Journalists trying to get information and Public Relation practitioners trying to "manage the process" reached a new level.
Some might say it hit a new low for both sides.
On June 9, 2006, the Kansas City Royals, irritated that a pair of radio journalists were asking tough questions directed at their management, dropped the hammer on the pair ...
How far has the Journalism profession plummeted?
How about an editor at one of the largest newspapers in the world feeling the need to tell his reporters to be fair? If that wasn't bad enough, the reporters allegedly were upset with the editor!
It has been called "appalling journalism."
That might be considered a positive comment regarding an editing trick inserted into a documentary on gun ownership that has come to light.
Long-time NBC Today Show star and anchor at all three major networks, Katie Couric, now with Yahoo! News, is being severely criticized for highly questionable editing in her documentary titled "Under th...
Public Relations practitioners are experts at taking advantage of current events in order to generate positive publicity for clients.
After the 911 attacks, companies lined up to show their support for the War on Terror. Anything they could do for the troops and their families was fair game with the hope they would receive some media recognition for their efforts.
Whenever there is a natur...
The news media has a credibility problem. A big one.
Once one of the most trusted institutions in history is now one of the most mistrusted. A new study by the Associated Press reports that just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media. 6...
Sometimes media "experts" fall in love with the latest and greatest communications vehicle. Today that means a major focus on social media outlets where many communications pros feel virtually all their efforts should be directed.
Yes, social media should definitely be a part of any marketing communications plan. But, while social media is the current flavor of the day, that doesn't mean yo...
The Journalism professor looked at his class of 25 and asked, "How many of you read a newspaper?"
Silence. After about a minute the oldest student in the class (40ish) raised her hand. She was somewhat embarrassed to even admit she still read a newspaper.
Many in the class were quick to chime in they get their news from Google, Yahoo or other sources (like late night TV). They said it ...
In more than 30 years of being involved with the news media as a journalist, professor, corporate communications specialist and media trainer I have never, ever, seen someone such as Republican candidate Donald Trump so successfully neuter the news media.
It is absolutely unprecedented, and in all honesty, a pretty remarkable occurrence we may never see again.
From the onset of his campaig...
In our media training, we continuously stress rule number 1: Know Thy Media.
It may same trite, but it can make all the difference in the world during an interview if you are facing someone with an agenda.
Who is the person that will be writing the story about you or your company? Is the TV reporter interviewing your CEO noted for puff pieces or attack stories?
What race ...