Being inclusive about PR ethics

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One of the great things about the Ethics Awareness Month initiative from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is that it helps focus clear attention on a core issue in the profession that, in many people’s minds, needs that attention. It doesn’t matter a bit that the PRSA’s initiative happens to be organized by […]

A tipping point sets a milestone for mainstream media evolution

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I’ve been reading through the News of The World today. It’s the first time I’ve ever bought this newspaper – and the last time, too, as this was its last edition. The closure that concludes 168 years of newspaper publishing is a sorry end to a popular tabloid that consistently served up the type of […]

On the death of a mainstream medium

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It’s an astonishing end to a newspaper that published its first edition in 1843 and grew to become the biggest-circulation English-language weekly newspaper in the world, with a readership averaging close to 7.5 million in 2010. That newspaper is the News of The World (NoTW). After 168 years of publishing, this Sunday, July 10, is […]

PCC seeks to regulate press Twitter feeds

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Watchdog to consult on how tweets can be brought under its remit, asking each newspaper to draw up a ‘Twitter policy’

The role of media in the WikiLeaks revelations

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Among the many news events vying for our attention in today’s media – mainstream and social – arguably the revelations from WikiLeaks about confidential communications between US embassies around the world and Washington will capture a majority of that attention in many countries. You can read all about it – just Google for wikileaks cables: […]

Links essential to trust of your online news source

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Say all you want about citizen journalism, fast-breaking news on Twitter that is way faster than the mainstream media, etc – when it comes to one online news source above all that you trust, that source for me is the BBC. It’s not perfect, though, in one particular area – linking. One of the great […]

A benchmark established for blogger responsibility

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A significant event happened yesterday that embraces freedom of speech, blogging and notions of responsibility for one’s actions. It concerns a blog post written by Rod Liddle (a journalist), published on a blog run by The Spectator (a weekly political magazine owned by the Telegraph Media Group), and ruled by the Press Complaints Commission (the […]

The art of writing great headlines

How much attention do you pay to the headline of a blog post or other content you write? I always think that the headline of a blog post, newspaper article, news release or other piece of written material is the most essential thing to pay attention to when you write that content. A compelling headline […]

Is this a future for the newspaper business?

More than 500 newspapers have signed up for an online news charging scheme, says Brand Republic. A US company called Journalism Online has signed up newspapers and online news outlets across the USA to use its e-commerce system for charging readers to access online content. Brand Republic says the company intends to launch this autumn. […]