New Media Goes to Beijing

July 8th, 2008 by

The past few weeks have been decisive for athletes around the world, many of whom have been competing in time trials to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing. While most eyes are on these sportsmen and women, many others’ have been fixed on something slightly less dependent on a stopwatch: the Internet. NBC… Continued

Digital’s Doubled-Edged Sword

June 23rd, 2008 by

Digital communications platforms are constantly pushing the comfort zones of business executives and the general public alike, and recent events on Wikipedia prove to be no exception.  Last week, it was reported that a formal news outlet wasn’t the first to break the story of Tim Russert’s unexpected death; rather, it was an update on… Continued

Just When You Thought You Couldn’t Be More Connected …

June 16th, 2008 by

Having grown up among emerging technologies and constantly evolving digital platforms, I’m rarely surprised by the communication capabilities of the modern world.  That said, I never thought that, having been reduced to taking the Fung Wah bus to D.C. because of staggering airline ticket prices, I would have Internet access from Chinatown to Chinatown.  That’s… Continued

Is ‘Sorry’ So Hard to Say?

June 13th, 2008 by

Having proverbial foot-in-mouth disease seems to be rampant for Courtney Hazlett, a former reporter for OK! Magazine who now writes “The Scoop” gossip column for the MSNBC Web site. Hazlett previously raised hackles when she thoughtlessly described actor Owen Wilson’s suicide attempt as a “dress rehearsal” for the recent tragic death of the actor Heath… Continued

Cousin IT (and a call for comments!)

June 9th, 2008 by

I knew there was some serious animosity among IT people and their management counterparts, but this is pretty extreme. Apparently, senior executives hate the IT department, and apparently there are exactly eight reasons why: 1.    IT limits managers’ authority. 2.    They’re missing adult supervision. 3.    They’re financial extortionists. 4.    Their projects never end. 5.    The… Continued

Pot Calls Kettle Black, Celebrates Own Hypocrisy

June 3rd, 2008 by

I’m sure most communications professionals have read (or at least heard about) CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen’s anti-PR diatribe in reference to former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s tell-all book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. Here are just a few gems in his rant: “The reason… Continued

Summer Reading, Take 4

June 2nd, 2008 by

Here is the fourth and final book report, courtesy of the Counselors Academy 2008 Book Club.  I encourage all of you to comment with your own recommendations, as there is no better time than now to expand  your literary repertoire … Reviewed by Roy Reid, APR Vice President, Consensus Communications Book name, title, author,… Continued

Another Book Rec

May 29th, 2008 by

Following up on my last post, here is another book recommendation, courtesy of the Counselors Academy 2008 Book Club.  Enjoy! Reviewed by Lisa Simon President, Simon Public Relations Group Book name, title, author, publisher Full Frontal PR; Building Buzz About Your Business, Your Product, or You, Richard Laermer, Bloomberg Press, 2003 What is the… Continued

Time To Get Your ‘Summer Read’ On

May 27th, 2008 by

Now that Memorial Day is behind us and we have a summer full of vacations and weekend getaways to look forward to (well, not so much me, but hopefully all of you), it’s time to start contemplating your summer reading list. Thanks to the Counselors Academy, which prepared a 2008 Book Club at its recent… Continued

Naples Goes Anti-24/7

May 19th, 2008 by

Just a quick update after the SAGE Luncheon at the Counselors Academy Spring Conference, during which some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders waxed poetic about various issues facing business and communications.  The best quote (and, in my opinion, the most unexpected), can from Tom Hoog, former CEO of Hill & Knowlton, and current “public… Continued