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BBC Interview Goes Awry & Viral

[By Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications] The blogosphere lit up with smiles this past Friday after a toddler photobombed Robert Kelly’s Skype interview with the BBC from his home in S. Korea.  Kelly, a political-science professor, was discussing the South Korea impeachment scandal from his home office with a door closed behind him.  As the questioning […]

Facebook & The Press: The Transfer of Power

From the Columbia Journalism Review: JOURNALISM’S BUSINESS CRISIS is well known, but in the wake of the US presidential election it is increasingly obvious that the true existential crisis for journalism is its lack of influence. Fake news, a decline in trust, and plunging revenues are all proxies for a loss of influence and impact […]

Ways to Engage Employees Amid a Corporate Crisis

From The Wall Street Journal & Deloitte: Engaging employees can have a significant impact on an organization’s ability to anticipate, prepare for and respond to an incident. Nonetheless, nearly one-third (29.8%) of respondents in a recent poll of more than 3,900 professionals believe that employees may be the most overlooked stakeholder when their organization is […]

The Urgency of Truth in the Era of Alternative Facts

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] I don’t want to use the “T” word in this post – there are far too many hand-wringers out there opining about White House bombast and its daily Twitter fusillade. Here’s a “T” word that’s far more important: Truth. What’s happening to it? News anchors and reporters recoiled in horror […]

When, Not if: Protecting Your Corporate Reputation In A Data Breach

By Fiona Parker & Alec Peck: Data breaches are now so common that it’s hard to keep up. In any given week there are reports of attacks across all sectors and geographies.  At the time of writing the Yahoo! data breach could potentially involve up to a mind boggling 1 billion users. By the time […]

Is Trump’s Twitter Changing the Presidency?

Brian Feldman writes: Among myriad concerns surrounding a Donald Trump presidency, somewhere right in the center of the list — maybe just slightly closer to the bottom than the top in terms of importance — is his relation to the press. Or more accurately: the way in which he uses it. Depending on whom you […]

Taking Out the Trash and 3 Other Ways to Handle February TV “Sweeps”

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] Close on the heels of the New Year is the February Nielsen TV “sweeps” period – one of the ratings periods guaranteed to bring out the most salacious, over-the-top TV news special reports and sweeps series. The February sweeps period runs Feb 2 – March 1. Mark your calendars. It’s […]

Why You Should be Worried About Fake News – And How You Can Fight It

Molly Strong writes: While fake content has circulated in tabloids and on the internet for years, the 2016 election has given us a reason to take it seriously. Stories about the Clintons selling weapons to ISIS and Trump winning the popular vote (he didn’t) spread like wildfire, and in some cases outperformed real news. The […]

‘How Propaganda Works’ Is a Timely Reminder for a Post-Truth Age

Michiko Kakutani reviews ‘How Propaganda Works’: n “Mein Kampf,” Hitler argued that effective propaganda appeals “to the feelings of the public rather than to their reasoning ability”; relies on “stereotyped formulas,” repeated over and over again, to drum ideas into the minds of the masses; and uses simple “love or hate, right or wrong” formulations […]

Lessons From 2016 for the News Media, as the Ground Shifts

From Jim Rutenberg: Starting a weekly column about the nexus between media, technology, culture and politics in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign was like parachuting into a hail of machine-gun crossfire. Dense smoke was everywhere as the candidates and their supporters unloaded on one another and, frequently, the news media, which more than […]

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