Rachel Maddow, Journalist First

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in The Flack | No Comments
Rachel Maddow, Journalist First

A common refrain echoed by the media cognoscenti goes something like this: Try listening, reading or watching those whose views run counter to your own. It may open your eyes to how others see the world. I hear this constantly from friends, family, and way too many social science pundits.  To them I say: bullshit. I […]

Pitch Imperfect: PR’s Lost Art

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in The Flack | No Comments
Pitch Imperfect: PR’s Lost Art

In previous end-of-the-year assessments of the public relations biz, I’ve tackled the following trends and developments: 2015: The need for PR pros to consider paid digital marketing schemes to advance their client’s communications objectives, i.e., “we no longer can rely solely on the benevolence of journalists to tell their stories (“New Media & The PR […]

What These Media Business Insiders Said

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in media, tech conferences, The Flack | No Comments
What These Media Business Insiders Said

In 6 years at @mashable, I have covered some stuff. Here’s some of the evidence. #artifacts pic.twitter.com/jbadCOzxgE — Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) December 6, 2017 Unlike Lance Ulanoff, Mashable’s intrepid, yet soon-to-be missed chief correspondent, editor-at-large, and industry conference impresario, I tend to be more solicitous (and less ubiquitous) when it comes to the tech and media […]

Making a Name for Your Startup

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in The Flack | No Comments
Making a Name for Your Startup

For those of you with whom I’m connected on LinkedIn, you probably noticed I recently returned from the Web Summit in Lisbon. It was my third year in attendance. Before I get into what I was doing there, you should know how big the Web Summit has become. First, I’d venture to say that it […]

Fake News & The PR Professional

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in The Flack | One Comment
Fake News & The PR Professional

IABC New York recently convened a panel exploring the subject of fake news and, specifically, its relevance (and danger) to the public relations professional. Joining the session, held at Fleishman-Hillard’s NYC offices, were: FH executive and former New York Times veteran editor Tim Race,  Brett Lofgren, President, North America and Global CRO of NewsWhip and PR industry […]

A Glimmer of Hope for Journalism?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in The Flack | No Comments
A Glimmer of Hope for Journalism?

  A Harvard University analysis of The New York Times and other so-called paradigms of journalism showed some serious dereliction of duty during the 2016 Presidential campaign. The Washington Post‘s astute media chronicler and former New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan observed: During the 2016 presidential campaign, the national news media’s misguided sense of […]

Cool Tools for the Curious PR Pro

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in The Flack | 3 Comments
Cool Tools for the Curious PR Pro

One of the daily email newsletters to which I subscribe is Product Hunt, founder by Ryan Hoover. This carefully distilled selection of serendipitous new gadgets, apps, podcasts, and productivity tools rarely ceases to surprise me. Invariably, they make my professional life easier and home life more enjoyable.  Product Hunt eliminates the frustration we all have felt […]

2016: When PR Turned to the Dark Side

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in The Flack | No Comments
2016: When PR Turned to the Dark Side

2016 was the year when the currents that have slowly eroded the tenuous relationship between journalists and PR pros coalesced to create an existential crisis that may not be easily remedied. Yesterday’s Trump presser was the first salvo in what will surely be a contentious period for news organizations hoping to ferret out the truth. […]

Fake News and Its Threat to Democracy

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in The Flack | 2 Comments
Fake News and Its Threat to Democracy

My first social media post of the day happened on Facebook and involved Twitter. It cited USA Today’s story on Twitter’s audacious decision to ban from its platform hundreds of offensive “alt right” accounts. My morning gripe had less to do with Twitter’s sudden cleanse of hate-spreaders on its platform and more about the absence […]

Periscope Is (A)Live

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in The Flack | One Comment
Periscope Is (A)Live

Just as it appeared that Facebook Live would do to Periscope what Periscope did to Meerkat, the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives breathed new life into the fledgling, real-time video-streaming app owned by Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR). Here’s the lede from ABC News: The Democratic sit-in over gun control last night almost fell into […]