Tagged 'news'

Play Post-CES Buzzword Bingo

Posted by Rick Mathieson on January 11th, 2016 at 9:54 am

This is one game that's easier to play than avoid.
We're all guilty of overusing tech industry buzzwords. And why not? They play a useful role as common shorthand that (conveniently) confers an aura of "cool" to those fluent in the lingua franca of 21st century business.
But as the tech industry recovers from CES, many of us are finding ourselves feeling buzzword burnout over what feels like an egregious level of noise pollution emanating from Las Vegas last week.
“Disruptive.” “Influencer.”“(Anything)-Hacking.” “Unicorn.” I'm sure we've heard them all this week, many times over.
Never mind that some of this lingo could be headed for limbo faster than Kim (or any other) Kardashian can “Break the Internet.”
“Unicorn,” for instance, is quickly morphing into “unicorpse,” as concerns grow that companies like Gilt, Tango and SFX Entertainment may prove emblematic of some of these hard-to-find beasts with billion-dollar valuations may ultimately fare.
In the meantime, we found some catharsis in a piece last Monday by Shawn Paul Wood in PR Newser, lamenting some of the most irksome buzzwords found in news stories and press releases.
When we mentioned the article in the GEN WOW LinkedIn Group, member Rick Wootten, senior director of global marketing for Seagate, mused about... Read more

What a Difference a Day (Fine, Two) Makes

Posted by Karen Ram on February 1st, 2013 at 10:47 am

As someone that has worked as a social marketer since the dawn of (social media) time, I’m always plugged in. I’m checking Facebook, I’m on Twitter, I’m checking in on Foursquare while Instagramming my life away. News comes at me constantly and quickly and, rarely do I pause and think (or usually in my case, utter out loud) that a news day (or two days) is especially noteworthy or busy. The last two days have been an exception to that rule. So in no particular order, here’s why:
Ed Koch: This is a huge loss for New York and for the world of politics. Ed Koch had more chutzpa and character than most (especially most politicians). Never afraid to speak his mind, Koch stood when most would sit. He was iconic to New York and I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t recall his face and name.
Almost too ironically, a documentary about the late Mayor, Koch, is coming out shortly and I can’t wait to see it to learn more about, and, pay tribute to New York’s most famous Mayor.
Ron Jeremy: Gross. Sad. Grosser! Sadder! Oy. I sat next to Ron Jeremy on a flight back... Read more

Live Blogging from BlogWell Seattle: How Big Brands Use Social Media

Posted by Kent Lewis on August 4th, 2011 at 8:54 am

Next Tuesday, August 9 (2011) I'm heading to The Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, Washington to blog live at BlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media. As a Seattle native, I can't think of a more exotic and relevant venue than The Future of Flight Aviation Center - it's compelling in it's design and content, much like a successful social media strategy.

Note to Old World Media — It’s Not Your Lunch Until You’re Eating It

Posted by Tom Gerace on October 7th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Just two decades ago, most of our news came from the newspaper delivered to our home, public radio on the commute to work, and television in the evening. Today, our news consumption habits have changed. More than half of all traffic, even to the largest news sites, comes from search. There are 16.7 billion searches each month run in America (according to Comscore). Everyone knows that the media industry is struggling to keep up with the change in consumption habits; In an interconnected world, where information travels instantly, we need to change how we think about news media.

When news businesses die, good journalism dies too

Posted by Matt Kapko on March 5th, 2009 at 12:00 am

A lot of good friends and colleagues lost their livelihood this week when RCR Wireless News shut down in the face of a worsening global financial meltdown. The move is shocking on many levels, but what's even more depressing is the speed at which news outlets are failing and taking good journalism down with it.
Call me crazy or behind the times, but I'm absolutely certain that everyone suffers when fewer people get paid to cover news. Sure, most are underpaid, but that's beside the point. Fly by night bloggers are not the answer -- after all, where would they aggregate news from without full-time, salaried news gatherers doing all the legwork.
Look to Gothamist's many properties for a fine example of things done right online with solid reporting to back it all up.  
On the flipside, there's those journalists who are too close to the action and have too much of a vested interest to distill news with any sense of reality. Take this clip from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" as a perfect, yet hilarious and maddening example.
That kind of thing sure doesn't help, but what worries me even more is the number... Read more