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Salt on the wound

Posted by Brian Lee on July 28, 2015 in Media

Like many public relations practitioners, I’m frustrated by people in an organization who leak information (confidential or otherwise). However, journalists’ lack of computer security makes leaks even worse. According to a ScienceDaily article, journalists aren’t doing enough to safeguard the info they obtain: “Despite heightened awareness of surveillance tactics and privacy breaches, existing computer security […]

 
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Pluto brings NASA to headlines

Posted by Emily McGuire on July 17, 2015 in Media

A mission that has taken more than nine years brought NASA to headlines across the globe this week for the first time in a long time. The New Horizons Spacecraft achieved the first ever flyby of Pluto and sent photographic evidence back to Earth. This long mission will continue on until the spacecraft runs out of […]

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Aaron Rodgers vs. Dennis Dodd

Posted by Brian Lee on March 30, 2015 in Media

I’ve worked in sports PR for several years, and I’ve seen firsthand how petty, incompetent and lazy sports writers can be, not to mention their sense of entitlement and their ability to raid the media buffet as if they’ve never eaten in their lives. That’s why I found it extra amusing that CBS’ Dennis Dodd […]

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Why fact checking is important

Posted by Brian Lee on December 5, 2014 in Media

Imagine I tell a reporter I am the victim of a crime–let’s say a car-jacking. I explain how some clowns from a circus were the perpetrators. Lastly, I ask the reporter not to contact the clowns. Wouldn’t you be in disbelief if the reporter went ahead and wrote this one-sided story, without doing simple fact-checking […]

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Speed vs. Accuracy

Posted by Brian Lee on October 21, 2014 in Media

I am always bothered by the media’s desire to be the first to report something, especially before facts are checked. (Case in point: CNN reporting a Coast Guard training exercise on the Potomac River as a “suspicious vessel in DC.”) That’s why I was happy to hear Good Morning America’s Amy Robach mention in a […]

 
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How desperate the media have become

Posted by Brian Lee on November 26, 2013 in Media

I know, I know. Newsrooms are shrinking, reporters have more beats to cover, no more enterprise stories, more articles on the weather, more AP articles, etc. I get it. But sometimes, you can really see the desperation to generate a story at all. On Nov. 19, Madison’s online newspaper, The Capital Times, wrote a story […]

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When reporters go out on a limb

Posted by Brian Lee on May 9, 2013 in Media

LeBron James should have been the unanimous MVP this year, but he didn’t get the vote belonging to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Washburn spent an entire column to defend himself using flawed logic. For example, he stressed that without Carmelo Anthony (for whom Washburn voted), the Knicks would not have made the playoffs. […]

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The end of election 2012, finally

Posted by Emilie Buckman on November 6, 2012 in Media, Personal Note, Politics

In all honesty, I didn’t think this day would ever come! With a seemingly never ending election season, the today is finally here. To say I’m excited would a gross understatement. And while others might reserve their excitement for tonight when the results come, my excitement comes tomorrow with the end of political ads!  For months it’s […]

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Food blogging

Posted by Brian Lee on September 13, 2012 in Media, Personal Note, Writing

In addition to heading Revelation, I also run a dining guide called EatDrinkMadison.com. Today, the local daily newspaper ran a long feature story on the prevalence of food bloggers in town–yours truly included–called “Eat Drink Blog” (I’m hoping that my guide’s name influenced the title of the article). What’s not printed here that I discussed […]

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A different filter for Instagram

Posted by Emilie Buckman on July 26, 2012 in Apps, Media, Social media

I always have to preface these types of posts with this statement:  my feelings towards social media and technology vary greatly when talking about personal versus business use. It’s fair to say I can be rather dismissive when it comes to the latest and greatest technology, gadgets, and all around high tech offerings.   Not because […]

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