Warts and all

When I first left public journalism in 1977 and joined a corporation, I worked for the best damn editor I’ve ever known. His name was Ken Estes, a former reporter/editor for a Dallas daily and a ghost writer for several celebrities (he ghost-wrote Billy Carter’s biography). Ken’s been gone for over a decade, but I still remember everything he taught me. I learned more from Ken than all my journalism schooling combined.

One thing Ken said was that everyone needs an editor. “There’s one writer whose contract stipulates he can’t be edited,” he told me. If memory serves, that was Dan Greenberg at Sports Illustrated, but I could be wrong.… Read More »

Giving in to RSS

Neville Skype’d me yesterday. As we chatted about this and that, he noted that he was unsubscribing from e-mail mailing lists and switching to RSS feeds. One PR blogger noted he offered his readers the opportunity to switch to RSS (although only three took him up on the offer). And Dan Gillmor said in a Bulldog Reporter teleseminar that he was readying an update to his Dear PR People notice (which hasn’t been updated since 2001) informing readers that he’d prefer to get press releases via RSS than e-mail.

That’s enough momentum for me. My monthly e-mail newsletter will be available as an RSS feed. I don’t expect huge numbers of… Read More »

CEOs blog

Everybody else is reporting on it; why not me? A list of CEO blogs, assembled by Constantin Basturea (with help from some others) is available at The New PR Wiki and, as reported by Neville Hobson, who instigated it, the list is growing.

It should be no surprise that most of the blogging CEO crowd run high-tech companies (like Ray Ozzie from Groove and Jonathan Schwartz from Sun Microsystems). It’s to early to know if the trend will spread to brick-and-mortar industries. Will GE’s Jeffrey Immelt ever become a blogger? Somehow I doubt it, and if he does, I suspect someone from his PR staff will handle scribing duties. Still, the idea of… Read More »

Metroblogging to trump city sites?

Citysearch is one of a gaggle of Web sites designed to tell you what you need to know about a city—restaurants, entertainment, recreation, services, and the like. Advertising-supported, these sites offer reviews, maps, weather, and a host of other resources. They may be going the way of the dinosaur.

A new breed of blog is emerging called a metroblog. As Metroblogging puts it, “Event listings to general rants, photos to reviews - metblogs are a hyper-local look at what’s going on in the city. A group of regional bloggers give each site a new perspective on daily life. Less calendar listing, more friendly advice.”

A variety of… Read More »

The Net at Sea

In August 2001, we took our first cruise about the Disney Magic, hitting Eastern Caribbean ports including St. Maarten and St. Thomas. We were intrigued that, among the ship’s ameneties, was an Internet Cafe. A desire to check my e-mail (a compulsion, actually, given that I’m a sole proprietor with no staff to check it while I’m gone) led me to get a weeklong account for $90. But I was rarely able to use it. Kids were always at the computers, mostly instant messaging.

We cruised again last week aboard the Magic, this time to the Western Cargibean (Key West, Cozumel, Nassau). The Internet Cafe had expanded with a satellite in an… Read More »

A blogging intermission

I’m heading off to vacation—I think. My wife, daughter, a friend of my daughter’s, and I are scheduled to disemark from Port Canaveral, Florida, Saturday afternoon. Our flight is scheduled to land in Orlando Friday afternoon. Given the two hurricanes in the area, tomorrow’s travel will be an adventure and Saturday’s sailing date a question. Assuming we do get to the cruise ship, though, it’s unlikely I’ll be posting much until I return on Saturday, August 21. There is an Internet cafe on the ship, but if experience is any teacher, it’ll be jammed with kids and my tolerance for long lines will be at a minimum. I’ll definitely be back… Read More »

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