All Press Required To Stay Strictly On Message

All Press Required To Stay Strictly On Message

Ronan Farrow, no stranger to controversy, is slated to receive a journalism award named for one of the icons of the profession: “The Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism.” The fact that this 26-year-old already has garnered an award for a relatively slim body of work is questionable enough, but there’s one even bigger […]

Media Relations Is Dead. Long Live Media Relations.

A few weeks ago, a senior media executive at one of the largest, most digitally savvy PR agencies shared with me a call he had with his top management in which they lamented the lack of media relations savvy from the firm’s younger professionals. “Shouldn’t there be more formal training,” they pressed, to which he […]

Social Clout At Re/Code

Social Clout At Re/Code

Very few business news organizations enjoy the brand esteem and influence of Dow Jones’s Wall Street Journal. A prominent story within WSJ’s print or digital editions has the capacity to drive conversations, alter corporate fortunes (and stock price), and even affect government policy. On top of that, few professions, outside of technology or entertainment, have […]

Media’s Fate: Platform or Publication?

Media’s Fate: Platform or Publication?

PandoDaily’s intrepid New York reporter Erin Griffith set Twitter tongues-a-waggin with her piece drawing a journalistic distinction between news “publications” and content “platforms.” She questioned the editorial integrity of news sites that accept or are fueled by content from outside “contributors” (with supposed hidden agendas): “A platform which allows anything to be published with no oversight, […]

A Reporter & A PR Guy Were In A Bar

A Reporter & A PR Guy Were In A Bar

About this time last year, I took the PR agency biz to task for what I felt was its fatalistic reliance on the benevolence of journalists to advance their clients’ communications interests. Sure, a great “placement” (I hate that term) in an influential news outlet like Bloomberg, The Journal, Mashable or Buzzfeed still has a […]

Holiday Reading For The Geek In You

Holiday Reading For The Geek In You

A few years back, my most erudite #2 son admonished me for spending too much time with short form real-time media. He explained that books — digital and otherwise — offer context that one simply can’t extract from the ephemeral world of streaming media. I thus decided to periodically post links to those books that […]

Dressed to Kill the Pipeline

Dressed to Kill the Pipeline

John Boehner (Image: Getty Images via @daylife) In their zeal that led up to the shuttering of the U.S. government, House Republicans believed they had this President right where they wanted him. So much so, they expanded their list of demands to include an array of partisan issues, some of which they reasoned might actually […]

Advertising Gone Awry

Advertising Gone Awry

When the media cognoscenti think about church & state, their focus typically revolves around the wall separating editorial decision-making and advertising sales. Journalistic purists at nearly every established news organization resist any influence an advertiser may try to exert over the news/feature hole. In fact, the church-state model is more than a metaphor at many […]

Will AllThingsD Secede From News Corp?

Will AllThingsD Secede From News Corp?

ATD’s Mossberg & Swisher: (Photo: Denise Truscello/WireImage; PRNewsFoto/Digitas/AP Images) Yesterday, Wall Street Journal business editor Dennis Berman took to Twitter to trumpet the acquisition of respected Slate tech scribe Farhad Manjoo by the Wall Street Journal’s technology reporting team. Big tech news: We are pleased to welcome Slate’s great tech columnist @fmanjoo, who is joining the […]

A VC Getting Its PR On

A VC Getting Its PR On

I read with considerable interest the news this week in which venture capital firm First Round Capital has started “a publishing platform to share secrets of startup success.” It follows the company’s announcement in October of a platform called hackPR, which is “a site where journalists can reach out to several companies at once around […]