Duh! That’s what I’ve been saying all along

One of Forbes’ Louis Hau’s 2007 media predictions (See The Bold Prediction) is what I’ve been saying all along about what newspapers need to. (Okay, not all along, but a couple or so times, anyways.) “With the Web awash in up-to-the-minute wire stories, print editions of savvy newspapers will devote more space to local coverage.”…


Transparency is now gov’t mandated

Well, sort-of. In early December, the Federal Trade Commission, in a staff opinion stated: “Besides other bloggers questioning the ethics of receiving payments without disclosure, the Federal Trade Commission said in a Dec. 7 staff opinion that failure to disclose could, in some cases, violate consumer-protection laws on deception.” That prompted PayPerPost Inc. to require…


I’m an open book — at least now I am . . .

12/18/06, approx. 1 p.m. ET: Okay, now that I’m back up, I’m posting here my 5 Things meme I posted the other day. Don’t mean to spam-ping anyone (though another link can’t hurt?), just keeping myself organized, and duplicating what I did before. thanks to Kami Huyse, APR. (For the next couple days, my main…


Chicago’s WBEZ trying ‘citizen radio’?

One of Chicago’s three public radio stations — WBEZ — will be changing its format come next April and offer a “user-generated content” format. (Tip-o-the-hat to JR at ToledoTalk.com.) According to (not-so-secret) SecretRadioProject.com: “It’s a creative free-for-all, with no shows and no stuffy time slots. . . . Every time you tune in, you’ll hear…


Would a ‘results-only work environment’ work for an agency?

Last weekend, John Wagner/On Message pointed me to a very good MSNBC article about Best Buy’s ROWE experiment for its employees (with ROWE meaning results-only work environment). So, go ahead, read the comments on John’s post and the story. I’ll wait . . . . Okay, but how would ROWE work in an agency environment?…


Remembering the basics: Getting the right word out, the right way

UPDATED: 12/11/2006: 1:10 p.m. ET. Okay, I forgot about — rather, I assumed it was a given — one more basic as part of our job: The ability to write a good news release (proper grammar, spelling, written to AP Style, etc.). But then, we all know what happens when one assumes. Thanks to Robert…


Agency competition getting the better of us?

UPDATED: Approx. 1 p.m. ET. As I noted in my initial post, I’ve been wondering and even looking for an opportunity when the competitive nature of agency business would get in the way of link love and other expected social media warm fuzzies in the blogosphere. So, I undeservedly jumped on Phil Gomes’ post about…


MT to WP

Okay, I’m here. I’m now in WordPressland. Good bye MovableTypeville. I will be done updating my blogroll in the next week; already started the process; just have to continue to add and categorize them. I’ve noticed more than a few visitors accessing my blog via the archives. Sorry that the MT archival format does not…