God’s beauty x2

This is off the focus of what I regularly post, but the photographer in me just had to share . . . . My family and I saw two rainbows outside our back door Saturday evening after a bit of a freakish and brief thunderstorm. Around 6 to 6:30 p.m., it was only lightly raining…


Traditional journalism needs to come to grasp with growing ‘media tree’

Awhile ago, I wrote about the “growing media tree.” With so many emerging media avenues — blogs, vblogs, podcasts, etc. — combined with the plethora of established media why are good journalists being fired? Why isn’t there room for all — particularly those who are trained, talented, professional gatherers of information and providers of opinions?…


Other great points

(UPDATED approx. 9:30 a.m. with a Shake Well Before Use post at the bottom.) For your humor, thinking and just surfin’ pleasure, I offer the following for your consideration: Yom Kippur: A Post of Atonement, Gary Goldhammer/Below the Fold (Gary is sorry. I can relate to quite a number of Gary’s apologies. So, even though…


Get your PR shopping done early this year

You know, it’s really never too early to shop for your favorite public relations pro, or client contact you want to impress or educate, co-worker, spouse, neighbor or friend. Yeah, I don’t like shopping that much either. But whether you are looking to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan or even Boxing Day, let me help…


Bloggers’ necessity: a thick skin

Blogs, by nature, are opinionated. Right? Okay, not always, but they are full of opinions and comments more so than cold, hard news and facts. So, if you blog, you’d better have a thick skin. Be able to take criticism and, like we should do in public relations, decide if criticsms are worth responding to.…


A strange double-standard

Are journalists better diggers of information than police and prosecutors? Or, do “sources” trust or simply like journalists better? Investigative journalists have done a lot of good. Unless, of course, you’re President Richard M. Nixon. Or, Barry Bonds. They might disagree. “USA Today” Columnist Christine Brennan (and Toledo, Ohio, native!) has a column today that…


Ever in pursuit of good ideas

I knew something productive and worthwhile would come from my blatant pitch for links last week. (Okay, I really didn’t know, but somewhere in the recesses of my ego, I hoped.) A “separation Saturday” post from David Binkowski reminded me of an often-spoken comment from one of the partners at my employer. It’s something to…


The ‘other’ social medium

Blogs are probably the most well-known and popular of social media. However, discussion boards can’t be far behind. (Regarding the headline, yes, I know there are different types of social media.) Discussion boards are good for getting the pulse of a subject or industry, surveying and getting direct feedback from members, and interacting with members…


Hoping for 100 candles that look like links

or anyone who knows me, next Monday (September 18) is kind of sort of noteworthy. Even if you don’t know me — and few if any of you really do — if you know my Yahoo! ID (miked918), then you might get a hint (my BIRTHDAY!) of just what that day is. Now, I try…


The people of Sept. 11, 2001

I know you don’t care what I was doing the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and I’m not going to drag you down memory lane. Fine for those who do, but that’s not me. Ten weeks to the day before Sept. 11, I was at Windows on the World at the World Trade Center, preparing…