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

Election Day Coverage: An Opportunity to Get it Right

Disgust. Uneasiness.  Anger. As voters put an end to election season tomorrow (hopefully), these aren’t the feelings generally associated with declaring winners.  Those words also apply to how many people view the news media. So for news organizations, striking the right tone on election night is important. Here are some big picture thoughts before you [...]

Reaching Viewers With Your App Promotion

You’ll hear it in almost every newscast: “…And you can download our app for breaking news and weather.” In many newscasts, it’s said the same way every day around the same time. In fact, odds are the copy is in the “format master” so the producer or anchors don’t have to add it. Unfortunately, it [...]

International News Hits Close To Home – But Local Stations Don’t

The attacks in Paris really hit home for me this weekend – as they have for many Americans. And so has the disappointing local TV coverage of this huge international story with direct implications in all of our hometowns.  Friday night, my daughter was getting on a plane in Boston to return to college in [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Social Media, Strategy|0 Comments

Attract Viewers with Content, Not Contests

"Watch our morning news and you could win a trip to England." "Watch our 6 pm news and you could win a cruise." "Watch our 11/10 pm news and you could win a mortgage or a $1,000 a week." Topicals have now been replaced with spots that remind me of car sales folks. Come in, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Strategy|0 Comments

Television: Distribution on the Brink

When I went out for lunch today something caught my eye as I drove by my local cable company: a Brinks truck backed up to the front door (I’m not kidding). They were about to cart off another load of money, some of it probably mine from a monthly three-digit cable bill. I’ve never been [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Strategy|0 Comments