Licensing PR

Steve Phenix, author of the Phenix Rising blog, has trotted out the notion of licensing PR practitioners. Distressed by the low regard in which PR is held, Phenix is exploring a number of ways to rehabilitate the profession’s image.

In my nearly 30 years in the business, I’ve seen the licensing idea brought back to life (not unlike a Phoenix) again and again. The outcome of licensing would certainly be beneficial, since the license would be required for PR professionals to be able to ply their trade and all PR professionals would be held to the same standard. Anyone violating the standard could lose his license. Phenix suggests (for… Read More »

Podcasting makes USA Today’s front page

I’m in a hotel in Portland, Oregon, preparing for a couple sessions with the US Forest Service. I opened the door this morning to pick up my copy of USA Today. The word “podcasting” leapt at me off the front page. There are actually two front-page stories on podcasting in the paper, one in the Money section and one in the Life section. The business article looks at the rise of podcasting and its future, including some of the obstacles. For instance, the manufacturers of the more popular MP3 players (notably Apple, which refused to comment for the story) are joined at the hip with big record labels and are in hurry to retool their… Read More »

Forget the journalism debate. Will investors continue to support newspapers?

An intriguing note from Steve Outing at PoynterOnline, pointing to a New York Sun story by Roderick Boyd. Boyd cites a Wall Street Analyst and a hedge fund manager who see problems in continued investments in newspapers considering the diffused competition, high cost structures, and growing use of the Internet as a channel for obtaining news. ‘That decreases the need to pay a dollar or more for it (a newspaper) let alone buy ads.’ Couple this with the fact that Craigslist had more classified ads than the New York Times in the last quarter, and Outing concludes that “that Wall Street is going to devalue newspapers in the coming years for… Read More »

Download or stream? Everything old is new again

I’ve been chewing on something Steve Gillmor said.

Speaking last week at a meeting I attended of the RSS/Blog SIG of the East Bay IT Group (ebig), Gillmor tossed off this observation during a converation after the meeting broke up:

“Streaming is dead.”

Gillmor was at the meeting to speak on attention.xml (which I’m still chewing on; more later), but I was struck by the “streaming is dead” observation. After all, I still hear from most communicators who work on intranets that they continue to struggle to get buy-in from management (or IT) to let them stream video or audio.

Gillmor’s observation is based on the greater usefulness of a… Read More »

RSS primer

There are a lot of RSS primers on the Web. Here’s one more, a pretty good one. Given the difficulty explaining RSS to people who haven’t experienced it yet, you can’t have too many resources at your fingertips to help clarify things.

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