Future of Journalism: Youthful Optimism

“Hi, I’m Hayden, nice to meet you,” she said in a rush. We had never met and we had three minutes to connect.  She is a 20-year-old journalism student and in her eyes, I’m certain, I was some old guy with gray hair and a dubious understanding of her world. “What do you see yourself [...]

Local TV: Wallflower at the Big Dance?

I just returned from a weekend trip out of state to see relatives – a whole house full of young couples, new babies and familiar old faces.  In addition to lots of food and laughter, it gave me new appreciation for how people who aren’t in the “media bubble” see the world these days. I love [...]

Facebook & TV Newsrooms: Advice That Will Surprise You

I’m so excited. I just got off a call with Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, THAT Zuckerberg, the brain of Facebook. He called to thank me and thank you. He talked about how stations have really embraced Facebook. “It’s so great that stations are putting so much of their video and producing content on Facebook live on [...]

Alternative Facts, “Fake News” & Local TV

In a focus group I sat in on last week, one local news viewer said,  “There are plenty of places I can turn to for opinion, no matter if it is left, right or something else.  I watch the local news because it isn’t like that.”  According to our research, his viewpoint is shared by [...]

By | 2017-01-24T20:46:41+00:00 January 24th, 2017|CJ&N, Election Coverage, Strategy|0 Comments

Election Lesson: We ARE the “Media Elites “!

Many say we “missed it.” I think they’re right. Critics say the media didn’t get it because they are “media elites” who are out of touch with the people. And I think they’re right. Honestly, I didn’t quite understand the meaning of “media elites” at first. But I think I do now. Many of us [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:00+00:00 November 11th, 2016|CJ&N, Election Coverage, Strategy|0 Comments

Using Coaching to Give Your Staff Room to Grow

A discussion this morning with my colleagues on offering push notifications prompted further discussion and thought about why it’s so common in this business to boil things down to yea or nay.  Crosstalk or no crosstalk, instead of, what kind, or how to do the best. It is a frustration of many managers I work with [...]