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When I worked in the sports department of a newspaper, we always ran pictures of a terrible team just for the fact that it was free art. Free art gets your story run.
1 year, 6 months ago on PR Pros Not Keeping Up with What Journalists Want
@ginidietrich Agreed. With so many media outlets out there, we have to be much more careful in our research (insert rant about loss of copy editing jobs here).
1 year, 7 months ago on Blogging Mistakes Equal Lessons Learned
Many people think that old-school journalism is dead, but because sound bloggers base their opinions on facts, they are media sources reporting facts. My biggest mistakes in my career--whether on a blog or in a newspaper--have mostly been related to not getting my facts right.
@BethHarte Chick-fil-A was not prepared for the backlash it would receive. I think there is a difference about being the front and unwittingly being on the front; Chick-fil-A was unwitting. It did not expect to be the battle ground for two worldviews. You never want to be a battle ground unless you are prepared for it.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Chick-fil-A PR Crisis
What we are seeing in the Chick-fil-A drama is a culture war fought on the territory of fast food. As a company, you never want to unwittingly be the front upon which people fight their political and religious wars. The immediate issue is not Chick-fil-A or to whom it donates; the issue is one of worldview, values, and faith.
@JeffHaws I don't think this would have been as big of a deal if the company's money weren't bankrolling these organizations or if Cathy hadn't used the phrase "guilty as charged." Chick-fil-A won't suffer as much in the South; if anything, the old-school South will turn out in droves.