Not long ago, I provided counsel to an organization subjected to what they believed was a social-media smear campaign. In a nutshell, a former organizational member—terminated about 18 months earlier due to various professional shortcomings—began making allegations that the organization felt consisted of half-truths, distorted depictions, and outright falsehoods. There was a distinctly racial tinge […]
There are certain sensitive, “adult” things that I will share with my wife, outside my 9-year-old children’s earshot. If that news contains some elements that my son and daughter should know, then I will tease out those details that I believe are most appropriate for them. Likewise, when taking a story that has national scope […]
The NFL playoffs are in high gear, but when Bulldog Reporter this past Thursday published a column that I wrote, it was baseball that formed the backdrop for my metaphorical tips on building strong relationships with the media. The column, In Media Relations, ‘Fastball’ Pitches Go Nowhere Fast, marks my latest piece on the website that is […]
It’s true–I’ve been hammering hard lately on the fibbing front and the damage that lies can wreak on anyone’s credibility, reputation and overall bottom-line in the marketplace. And so it is that The Four Horsemen of the Apocryphal–the military, academic, athletic and business lies that I have observed in my career–were front and center in […]
Late last year, the Medill School of Journalism solicited input from alumni about the future of journalism. I shared some thoughts at the time, but knew it was an incomplete effort. That’s almost always the way with the stories I write–the feeling that more could be done. Now, at least, those original ruminations have expanded […]
Though he may well have been driven by even loftier motives, shortly after taking office two weeks ago, President Barack Obama made a decision that, from a public-relations standpoint, was most astute. To read my piece, “Obama’s FOIA Move Holds Key PR Lesson: Open the Front Door,” check out the essay at BulldogReporter.com.