comScore shares valuable time, place and device data
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comScore shares valuable time, place and device data

Digital public affairs professionals will find a powerful reveal for time, place & device targeting in comScore’s latest report on Canadian Internet usage.

Ignore the Ford Nation YouTube channel at your own peril
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Ignore the Ford Nation YouTube channel at your own peril

If you’re not communicating and building community online to augment your in-person efforts, you’re probably working against people who are.

Understand the strengths and challenges of your social media toolkit
By April 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Understand the strengths and challenges of your social media toolkit

To reach stakeholders and observers, you need to build a social media toolkit. This table helps identify strengths and weaknesses of some popular tools.

Cult of political personality
By March 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Cult of political personality

MPs are peeling away the layers of mediated experience to close the gap between themselves and the constituents and issue stakeholders they serve.

‘I have invited criticism and condemnation': a model apology
By January 10, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

‘I have invited criticism and condemnation': a model apology

Unlike other public figures who have reason to be embarrassed by their actions (or at least humiliated for being caught), Dr. Spence has taken ownership of his mistake.

Silver fish handcatch: A Detroit TV anchor’s story
By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Silver fish handcatch: A Detroit TV anchor’s story

How a TV news anchor for Detroit’s WXYZ discovered the power of social media, reinvented the station’s relationship with the news and its audience — and built a community in the process.

By September 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: Using the tools of journalism to create better content

Highlights from Bob Ledrew’s talk on what creatives and content producers can learn from the practices and structures of journalism.

To pay or not to pay: can quality online news remain free?
By September 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

To pay or not to pay: can quality online news remain free?

More of us are faced with the first world decision of having to pay for online news from traditional news organizations. It’s not simply about money.

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Two forms of public affairs storytelling
By August 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Two forms of public affairs storytelling

To be seen as relevant, journalists and content creators must be attentive to online chatter and be able to tell stories to their audiences in short segments — digestible sizes with the most important-in-the-moment information.

Nothing to read here. Carry on.
By August 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Nothing to read here. Carry on.

The screenshot below shows a comment left by “Geordie Young” on the CBC.ca article Olympic coverage tweet puts Twitter at centre of scandal (full disclosure: I’m quoted in the article). Like most articles, the journalist is forced to be very selective on the use of quotes from outside sources. If Amber had run everything I said, the […]

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Twitter ‘reacts’ to The Economist editorial on Stephen Harper
By July 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Twitter ‘reacts’ to The Economist editorial on Stephen Harper

An editorial in Friday’s edition of The Economist caused a minor ripple on Twitter. From Friday through Sunday, 265 tweets were issued (22 in French) from 235 Twitter accounts. The Economist piece, Time to flip: The voters may be starting to tire of the prime minister’s bullying, was picked up the National Post and other Canadian news organizations […]

Reinventing post-secondary journalism programs
By June 5, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Reinventing post-secondary journalism programs

Post-secondary broadcast journalism programs are facing a significant challenge incorporating social media education in their programs. That was the premise for a panel discussion of which I was a participant alongside Bob Ledrew and Kady O’Malley a few weeks ago at the BEAC2012 conference in Ottawa. It was a full and invigorating conversation. In the hopes […]