This post was first published October 29 by O’Dwyers. When it comes to warning about the dangers of appointing Washington flacks for senior corporate PR positions, I seem to be a chorus of one. The Beltway is home to a unique breed of PR folks with their own definitions of ethical conduct and fair play, and… Read more
Category: Public Relations
“You must savor college while you still can!” is a phrase I’ve grown accustomed to hearing, thanks to the countless number of people in the so-called “real world,” who continue to remind me in a not-so-gentle way that graduation is looming in the near future. As I prepare to return to Holy Cross for my… Read more
In 1998, Stephen Glass was a hotshot, high-profile, twenty-something journalist writing features for The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, and other respected publications. He was also, as it turned out, a serial fabricator. Many of the people and events he chronicled were exposed as imaginary, forcing Glass to resign in disgrace. He deservedly became a… Read more
Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, respectively the COO and CEO of Facebook and Yahoo!, certainly get a lot of media attention. While I admire their professional success, PR savvy, and ability to mesmerize experienced reporters to a near- hypnotic state, their neatly packaged narratives are a tad overly manufactured to me. Articles about Sandberg inevitably… Read more
I’ve been bothered by a column two weeks ago by New York Times media critic David Carr about the closing of Patch by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Carr’s columns are usually quite straightforward and insightful, but this one seemed a bit off. It was almost as if there was a sense of triumph in Armstrong… Read more
Finding examples of PR professionals demonstrating egregiously questionable judgment is like shooting fish in a barrel; the industry tends to attract a disproportionate percentage of facile people who think that being a “people person” is the only qualification required. There are no educational or regulatory barriers to entry and, despite the best efforts of PRSA,… Read more
I am no stranger to the New York City commute. Throughout high school, I commenced each weekday by catching the 6:27 AM train from Port Washington, Long Island to Penn Station, followed by the C train up to the 86th street, and finally ended my hour-long morning trek with the cross-town bus through Central Park.… Read more
I’ve lived in Michigan virtually my entire life. I love the place.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.