Identify what business you are really in. It may not be what you think

Do you know what business you are really in? It's a great question posed in the opening chapter of Terry O'Reilly's new book This I Know - Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence. Ohh, you thought you knew, but I like the way Terry prods us to prod ourselves and define what we truly offer our … [Read more...]

Good-bye to witty word man Bill Walsh. Copy editor was “undisputed king” of his craft

The world is down a copy editor - and we are all the poorer for it. Bill Walsh of The Washington Post, described by the American Journalism Review as “the undisputed king of copy bloggers", died last month in Arlington, Virginia. He was 55. The Post's obit described those in Walsh's … [Read more...]

Good news in media world; Washington Post profitable, traditional reporting valued

It's not all fake news and buy-outs. Traditional reporting skills still matter. There is some good news in the media world today. Take the thriving Washington Post. Bought by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in October 2013, speculation swirled on what lay ahead for the then-stuggling paper. At the … [Read more...]

Government pix prevail in world of depleted newsrooms, reduced access for media

Get this: when Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister, the only pic his official photographer regularly distributed was the Mulroney family Christmas card. The photographer's role was to gather and document material for posterity. My how times have changed. PM Justin Trudeau's official … [Read more...]

Deep Work touts value of concentration in a tweet-happy world

Here's a telling challenge - can I sit and write a blog post about Cal Newport's book Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World without letting myself get distracted? Here's one of his premises - we have become so habituated to quick bursts of stimulation that as soon as things … [Read more...]