Nothing but talk radio DJs?

The University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Daily had a great recap and many great points following a panel discussion about blogs and politics. (Found courtesy of Poynter’s Romenesko.) Among those on the panel was New York Times reporter David Carr (the Times’ first blogger, and an alumnus of the U of Minnesota). One brief line in…


How’d you get there, Dr. Jeffrey Docking?

As I noted in the inaugural “How’d you get there?” story, I’m curious about how successful people became successful — in otherwords, how they got there. Below is the story of Dr. Jeffrey Docking and how he became president of Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. (my alma mater) — about 13 years younger than the average…


Journalists: Don’t fear the blogger

Ketchum Senior Partner and CEO Raymond L. Kotcher had a nice piece in today’s Barks & Bites of the Bulldog Reporter (“Old and New Media Will Coexist, but Traditional Reporters Must Begin to Consider Bloggers as Trade Journalist Sources“). He opens with: Let’s get real. New media—blogs and other Internet sites, podcasts, RSS and the…


Stepping out from behind the curtain

Awhile ago, I published a post about this time being the dawning of the age of transparency — or actually, honesty. A great post by John Wagner/OnMessage Thursday reminded me of that, and helped to continue that line of thinking: While good public relations is not about deception, it is about being more behind the…


Other great points

This OGP post is short, but still worth your time (I hope). So, for your browsing, pleasure, I offer the following: A visual thought on Walmart, Edelman and blogging, Colin McKay/CanuckFlack. Colin seems to have a unique perspective, or at least a unique way of saying what’s on his mind. This is by far, one…


Edelman, Wal-Mart and what can be learned

(UPDATED 10-17-06, 8:20 a.m.: Added a Point to Ponder at the bottom.) Okay, after less than a week — an enternity to some — Richard Edelman finally came out with a statement on the whole Wal-Marting Across America fake blog fiasco. What I found most interesting is not what Mr. Edelman posted, but in what…


Reenergizing newspapers’ readers

Courtesy of Poynter‘s Letters to Romenesko, a great read for newspapers is John Walter‘s 15 ways to reenergize newspaper readers. I give a whole-hearted AMEN! My three favorites: 2. Fire any reporter or editor who refuses to learn how to use the Web to its greatest advantage, or to experiment with what works on Web…


Next new trend? Selling!

Steve Rubel/MicroPersuasion has a column this week in “Advertising Age” (and on his blog) about brand engagement being a myth. Now, I’m not going to get into his points and definition of engagement. What I definitely have an issue with is what “we, as marketers” should do: [W]e shouldn’t care about brand engagement. Instead we…


Maybe there’s hope for newspapers afterall?

My heart went a flutter this week after reading a few articles that DID NOT forecast the downfall of America’s newspapers, and gave newspapers some hope. First, “Deseret Morning News” Editor and COO John Hughes has an excellent piece in the “Christian Science Monitor,” entitled, “Newspaper survival guide: Be tech savvy and ethically sound.” Before…


How’d you get there Christine Brennan?

Since I started my education and career as a journalist and I’m now in public relations, I guess I’m naturally nosey. One of the things I’ve always been curious — okay, nosey — about is how company presidents, leaders in their respective fields, and others who have achieved success got there. What classes they took…