Lazy hacks churn out PR guff shocker

Latest on the ‘churnalism’ debate – the apparently increasing practice of newspaper and website journalists producing copy by the simple expedient of rewriting – or in some cases just reprinting – press releases, avoiding the tedious process of actually having to bother to check any facts. A new website created by a charity called the… Read more »

Nokia’s ‘Ratner Moment’?

This morning Nokia and Microsoft have confirmed their well-flagged strategic partnership, with Windows Phone 7 to become Nokia’s primary smartphone platform in place of the company’s own technology. The partnership has already been derided as ‘two drunks trying to prop themselves up’ and initial market reaction saw a big fall in Nokia shares. Nokia has… Read more »

High-speed rail, media fail?

Those who ignore the power of the media to shape the debate on a major issue do so at their peril. A current example is the new high-speed rail link being proposed between London and northern England. Having been proposed by Labour, it is supported by all three main political parties, and sounds like a… Read more »

Media success for the senior executive

Last week I was interviewed by the Sunday Times for an article about whether a different approach needs to be taken when media training chief executives and senior managers, compared with those lower down the organisation. The article appeared yesterday, and it was gratifying to see lots of my quotes included. The main point I… Read more »