FIR Book Review: Geeks Bearing Gifts

Geeks Bearing Gifts by Jeff JarvisGeeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News is CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis’s latest book, exploring the pressures on current news models and the directions news organizations need to go in order to thrive in the digital world. FIR co-host Shel Holtz reviews the book, which has implications for organizational communicators, particularly in imagining the role of media relations in the future Jarvis imagines.

From the book description on Amazon:

“Technology has disrupted the news industry– its relationships, forms, and business models – but also provides no end of opportunities for improving, expanding,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #148: Teens on Facebook, easier retweeting, skills training on LinkedIn

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Flickr photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap estories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


About those teens fleeing Facebook…—Facebook continues to be the number-one social network among teens, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. Seventy-one percent of all teens… Read More »

Friday Wrap #135: Ethics-challenged PR, 360-degree videos, tracking “Dark Social,” Zuck goes Oprah

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Flickr photo of Cristo art at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995
courtesy of Zug55
The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items, blog posts, reports, and studies from the last week that could be useful to communicators but weren’t the stories that got the big headlines. I collect items from which I draw the Friday Wrap’s selections in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


TV anchor suspended over PR activities—Another case of challenged ethics has emerged with the suspension of Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts. A Toronto Star investigation found that Roberts secretly has been a part owner of a small PR firm,… Read More »

FIR Book Review: Age of Context, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Age of ContextAge of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy explores the convergence of five technological factors—mobile, social media, data, sensors and location—and their present and future impact on everything from commerce to medicine to transportation.

FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz review the book in the context of an earlier FIR interview we conducted with the authors and two book launch events, including one in which Neville recorded Robert and Shel’s presentation as an FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast.

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FIR Interview: Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, authors of Age of Context

Scoble and Israel

Two men who have been at the vanguard of social media and the disruptive evolution that different ways of working and communicating have emerged in businesses everywhere over the past decade are Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.

Their seminal work Naked Conversations, published in 2006, shone a spotlight on the then-emerging world of blogging and the changes being wrought to business practices by enlightened individuals in organizations everywhere.

In their new book, Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy, Scoble and Israel widen their spotlight to examine five converging forces - mobile, data, sensors and… Read More »

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