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Not a Regular Cease-and-Desist, A Cool Cease-and-Desist

From The Atlantic: Phrases that are not often used to describe a cease-and-desist letter: “the best,”“hilarious,” “cool,” “perfect,” “super classy.” And yet that is exactly the praise that Netflix’s lawyers received this week, from a variety of media outlets, for going about that most lawyerly of tasks: telling people they aren’t allowed to do a thing. In this case, […]


The Future of Fake News: Don’t Believe Everything You Read, See or Hear

From The Guardian: The University of Washington’s Synthesizing Obama project took audio from one of Obama’s speeches and used it to animate his face in an entirely different video In an age of Photoshop, filters and social media, many of us are used to seeing manipulated pictures – subjects become slimmer and smoother or, in the case […]


ESPN Striking Out at Transparency in Jemele Hill Suspension

[By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications]   In the years I was helping run newsrooms, one of my least favorite experiences was being in the news. Odd sounding, I know, in that I spent 33 years putting people, businesses and other organizations in the news. Hypocritical? Perhaps. Almost always, though, if one of my newspapers was in […]


Corporate Attorneys & The Court of Public Opinion

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] “The house could be burned down before you even smell smoke.”   In 2009, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics set out to study how the court of public opinion can shape legal controversies. The sources were the people on the front lines – responses gathered from a questionnaire sent […]


Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop – Fake or Fact?

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Fake or Fact? The Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop is a one-day training program for professionals, educators and students that examines critical issues and perspectives in media ethics. Moderated by distinguished faculty from The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Media Ethics Workshop provides a unique forum for professionals and students […]


The “Fake News” Era: Trustworthy Sources in Intelligence and Due Diligence

From Danny Panton at At-Risk International: The term “fake news” has lately gotten significant traction in the business world, the political realm, and among the public. Alongside, the reliability of sources has been a hot topic for discussion. While people are entitled to believe what they want (regardless of how true the information is), untrustworthy […]


The Media Revolution is ‘Iterative’ and Social: Experts Share How Not to Get Left Behind

Earlier this year, Bruce Hennes and Thom Fladung spoke at the American Bar Association’s Annual Mid-Year Conference, held in Miami, Florida. Their remarks were captured by Marilyn Cavicchia, writing for the ABA’s Bar Leader Magazine: “You’re all living in a media revolution,” said Thom Fladung, vice president of Hennes Communications. “And you don’t even know it.” […]


Please immerse yourself in this hyper-superior treatise on corporate verbalization (or, read this)

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] We were engaging with social media recently when we stumbled upon a sustainable, immersive vehicle that provided an optimal way forward for strengthening corporate discourse and leveraging an enhanced communications dialogue. In other words, we found a great story about corporate-speak and how to avoid it. Lucy Kellaway of the […]


You Think Chris Christie’s Beach Photos Were Great? Just Wait Until Drone Journalism Really Takes Off

From Poynter: By now, you’ve probably seen the pictures: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, surrounded by his family and friends, sitting on a public beach that had been closed to the public amidst a state government shutdown. In a write-up for the (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger, which published the photos, photographer Andrew Mills described how […]


Q&A: NPR’s Audie Cornish on the Intimacy of Interviewing

From Poynter: A great interview is one of the journalist’s most powerful tools. It can be informative, entertaining, thoughtful.  Here, an interview with NPR’s Audie Cornish Jesse Thorn: You have worked at NPR for like 95 percent of your professional career. Is there an NPR way of doing things, do you think? Audie Cornish: There definitely is. And, […]


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