Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dog throws bone at Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give the poor dog a bone: When she came there, The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. So goes the old nursery rhyme.  Couldn’t really get more apposite … Continue reading

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Talking science

Watched last week’s Media7 special on science and the media with mounting frustration as Russell introduced expert after expert to discuss the challenges involved in communicating science through the media. He and his researchers seemed to cover every part of … Continue reading

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“Why do they hate us?”

Enjoyed an interesting blog-based discussion with an industry colleague this week – he fears the current recession may be accelerating consumer intolerance, causing a rise in business-bashing and an undue media focus on relatively trivial stories. He points to coverage … Continue reading

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When silence just isn’t golden

Social policy advocates Professors Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber coined the concept of ‘wicked problems’. They did this to help leaders and policy-makers distinguish between one-dimensional challenges and others with complex, inter-related causes and particularly devastating effects.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Advertising value: meaningless, misused and misleading

A man I know was recently up in front of his Board.  Along with all the divisional managers of the business, this PR guru had been asked to report on the value to the organisation of his team’s activities over … Continue reading

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Whither brevity?

You’d think the Twitter age, when the summation of universal truths must be compressed into 140 characters, might just signal a reduction in bureaucracy and complexity.    Seems not.  Canadian ‘think tanker’ David Brooks complains in a recent issue of the New … Continue reading

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Turning hacks into flacks

Can ex-journalists make good PR types?  Well, I know they can. But only if they’re able to operate outside the media bubble so many of them have drifted around in for so long. Michelle Boag recently wrote about a current trend … Continue reading

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The eyes have it

Many organisations spend huge amounts of time, effort and PR budget generating relationships with key stakeholders. But it’s amazing how frequently the smallest details can undo years of effort. Take for example ‘the roving eye.’ You know what I mean. The … Continue reading

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