The Road Ahead
A Cicret Bracelet concept from Israel is a
startling reminder of how the physical gap between our
body and the Internet is narrowing.
Eric Schmidt, Google's top executive, made headlines when he told a
World Economics Forum, "the Internet will disappear." Not in the way
Google Glass exited the public stage recently for another look-see in
the company's technical and marketing workshops. More like water for
fish or air for humans "disappear" until they actually are missing. Even
as Schmidt spoke, the world of connected things grew closer to becoming
part of us.
Oculus Rift delivered a dramatic look during the Sundance Festival at
what virtual reality could do and Microsoft's HoloLens debuted at the
Consumer Electronics Show. Both require a head-mounted device, HoloLens
akin to a welder's mask.
VR as AWCom understands it, puts our minds inside the outside world while
David Carr in the New York Times sees a HoloLens as imposing a Microsoft
construct that shapes what the mind perceives. It is yet another screen
(TV, Tablet, Computer, Cell Phone, etc.) between the individual and the
fears, "as screens have proliferated, the amount of actual,
unencumbered reality we experience seems endangered." And his fears may
be well founded.
video demonstrates the amazing Graphene material that is
stronger than diamonds, more flexible than rubber, thinner than paper,
and amazingly conductive. Some day, when we have a better map of our
mind's neural networks, graphene could be slipped under the skin to
actually become part of our mental processes, making us all savants,
wizards in math and sharing the same moral imperatives:
As we approach a virtual "body electric" Gord
Hotchkiss worries in an Online Spin Column, "It will be an odd
relationship with technology that will have to develop. Even if we lower
our guard on letting machines do much of our "thinking" (in terms of
processing environmental inputs for us) we still have to learn how to
give machines guidelines so they know what our intentions are. This
raises the question, "How smart do we want machines to become?" Do we
want machines that can learn about us over time, without explicit
guidance from us? Are we ready for technology that guesses what we
Erik Sass writes in Media Daily News, "Bloomberg has launched a
new online flagship site, Bloomberg Business, combining and
replacing two previously separate Web destinations, Bloomberg.com and
Businessweek.com." He says the purpose of the
move is to expand Bloomberg's global reach beyond financial to
the business audience in general. . . . . Tech News says
Verizon is launching a competitor to GM's OnStar that is compatible with
"nearly every vehicle made since 1996" and it will be available
directly to consumers, regardless of their wireless carrier,
according to Pete Sucia.
Labeled Verizon Vehicle, it can be pre-ordered now; pricing is
US $14.99 a month with a two-year contract. Additional vehicles
can be added to the plan for $12.99 per month.
Elon Musk and The Simpsons:
As Vibrant as Detroit Itself.
Not all of Elon Musk's eggs are in Tesla and
SpaceX commutes. He is
reportedly funding a five-mile-long test track in Texas for his
envisioned Hyperloop high-speed transportation system, writes
Richard Adhikari in TechNewsWorld.com. He says it is for
companies, students, universities and others to test and develop.
Musk's believes a closed, nearly air-tight system – much like
the old vacuum tubes used in some department stores and today in
drive-in banks to safely and quickly transfer cash and receipts
to a central cashier, would be much cheaper to build between Los
Angeles and San Francisco, for example, than the high-speed train
link now underway between the two cities.
Veteran journalist Victor E. Sasson apparently is
independence of his freelance
blog, Shocking Car News. He recently derided auto writers
and AP for circulating stories suggesting Chevy's
Bolt and Tesla's Model 3
would compete for the same buyers. "If you treat an auto writer to an
espresso and pastry before a splashy press conference, he or she
will write almost anything." . . . . In explaining why Telematics Update
is now TU-Automotive, the company's marketing
manager wrote, "We are witnessing automakers evolve from heavy
manufacturers into nimble technology companies and the
self-driving car move from the realms of science fiction onto
the reality of our highways. The car as we know it is soon to be
Google Readies U.S. Auto Insurance Comparison
Site - And It's Just The Beginning is the headline for Laurie
Sullivan's story in Search Marketing Daily that links several
signs and reasons why the company is about to enter this market.
. . .
Autoproyecto.com, will expand its video content
distribution to national television and IPTV in a partnership
with MiCasa Network (MCBN) starting March 1, 2015.
Bill McCallum may not be a contrarian but he certainly has gone his own
way since 1988 when he founded his Auto News. It was a transition from
an auto section he created while a manager for a chain of weekly
newspapers based in Redmond, Washington.
The monthly paper served Seattle area enthusiasts with auto news and if
it was confused with the national Automotive News, it was in the
beholder's eyes, not in McCallum's business plan.
His concept was
delivering automotive news to auto enthusiasts with a free monthly
(28 pages) distributed at locations where readers frequent. It has grown
and expanded for 27 straight years. When the newspaper's reach extended
beyond Seattle he changed the name to Puget Sound Auto News. When the
paper expanded outside of Washington and down the West Coast he
re-titled it Auto News of America and more recently, Global Auto News.
The print edition, which is still growing, is distributed from
automotive retail locations in 7 western states (WA, OR, CA, AZ, NV, ID, MT)
and to a mailing list of journalists, auto executives, ad agencies, and
auto enthusiasts across the U.S. Each issue is also uploaded to a
While automotive print journalism is shrinking, McCallum's paper has
grown from local to global. The secret, he says,
is the content, which comes from press releases, automaker product
launches and a stellar network of freelance writers (some of the
regulars are pictured below):
Each issue provides vehicle reviews, industry news, entertainment
industry news, collector car auction results, motorsports and Asian and
European newsbytes. Special Sections include: Politics & Environment,
Women in the Auto World and Tire & Aftermarket products. He doesn't
worry about building a subscription base because the newspaper is free
and he doesn't charge his advertisers for uploading each issue to the
Typically, his thinking on the field of automotive journalism continues
to counter that of other observers. He writes, "The current challenge
seems to be new venues, i.e. Internet, social media, U-Tube, Twitter,
etc. . . . What we sometimes forget is that in the past both newspapers
and magazines were 'cash cows' from a business standpoint with the
result being to many newspapers and WAY TO MANY AUTO
MAGAZINES in the market place. Part of the reason for the cut back in print
publications in the U.S. is the result of consolidation in an over-crowded market place and NOT
readers transition to the Internet. The same is true for traditional
radio and TV.
That being said, I feel social media reporting has a short term life and
in the near
future you will see the same consolidation with Internet and mobile
It's important for autowriters to 'stay-the-course', keep an open mind
as to new venues, and reach out to Global Automotive Publications who
want info on the U.S.
And he's against the tide on another hot auto topic: "On another matter,
I think the idea of driverless cars is a marketing ploy by the
technology companies to generate more profits and I'm very surprised
automakers are buying into the idea."
Reuters has launched a new mobile TV news service app,
offering curated, personalized video news content Erik Sass reports in
Media Daily News. The service will come in two forms, Reuters Now that
can be downloaded and Live Feeds, real-time round-the-clock coverage.
. . .
Apple is talking about its own TV service according to Peter Kafka
writing for RE/Code. He concludes Apple wants to provide
programming. That could mean work for content creators. . . .More good
news along those lines, Daisy Whitney notes in Video Daily that increasing sales of
connected devices are creating "hunger for more digital content."
Dark Social, in case you were wondering, is defined by Tom Edwards in
Social Media Insider as, "the sharing activity that is somewhat
invisible to traditional analytics. It's the culmination of referrals
and sharing of content that originates from instant messages, e-mails
containing links, and most recently, the rise of ephemeral social
communication platforms such as Snapchat, WeChat and WhatsApp. More or
less personal communications that marketers are anxious to monetize." . .
. Even darker are nine cars that disappeared in 2014, according to 24/7
Wall St.: Dodge Avenger, Acura TL, Acura TSX,
Toyota FJ Cruiser,
Chrysler 200 Convertible, Scion XD, Nissan Cube, Honda Insight,
Acura ILX Hybrid.
Among the persons who responded to a survey as to why
they posted online reviews nearly two thirds did it to be "good guys"
according to MediaPost's Center For Media Research. It wrote, "According
to a new
study by YouGov, consumers don't write online reviews to
release anger. Instead, among US Internet users who posted online
customer reviews, the top
reason for doing so was to help others make better purchasing decisions,
cited by 62% of respondents, while 13% of respondents wanted to warn
others of a bad experience, only 12% wanted to expose a bad vendor.
"Women are responsible for buying over 13 million cars at new car
dealerships; that's an impressive 36,000 vehicles a day," writes Anne
Fleming. President of Women-Drivers.com in her weekly Women's Wednesday
newsletter. She says her site empowers women by providing the
opportunity to share their voice and provide productive opinions and she
notes the Women's Satisfaction Index with respect to visits to new car
dealerships is improving, year-to-year.
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Michael Martinez reports in The Detroit News that an MTV study shows,
"75 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 — commonly known as millennials — would rather give up social media for a day than forgo
their car. About 72 percent agree they would rather give up texting for
a week than their car." He says this counters recent thought and MTV
attributes it to an improving economy and this group "aging into car
ownership." . . . . Andrew Del-Colle's Popular Mechanics piece,
Here's Why You
Want Holes In Your Supercar's Lights, provides humorous takes on the
"holes" around the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's front driver-side headlight and the "hollowed out" exits
for hot air around the rear taillights of the 2017 GT Ford, debuted at
the Detroit Auto Show.
A number of automotive journalists Del-Colle interviews gave responses to this relatively-new-to-production-models fillip
that feeds more oxygen to the Dodge engine and abets the Ford’s intercoolers.
link to an
impressive car ad:
Steve Jewett sent along a statement by Jim Fleming, president of the Connecticut
Automotive Retailers Association, that assures his group is willing to
work with Tesla, if Elon Musk really means what he said about being
willing to work with franchised dealers. . . . . Some 216 teams
(sporting 1100+ drivers) took the starting laps at LeMons' Thunderhill
Raceway Park event last September, thereby setting a
Guinness World Record for "Most Participants in a Car Race"
according to the series impresario, John 'Jay' Lamm.
at the other end of the spectrum sent in by a reader who
advises: "all those who do not know what a manual choke
and straight pipes are, can leave now.
The rest of you old guys will enjoy the fun....You can bet this was a trick not taught by the boy scouts."
awards and events
Entries are now open for the 24th International Automotive Media
Competition (IAMC). All work produced for publication and
distribution during calendar year 2014 is eligible. Whether
created for press or public relations purposes, in print,
online, video, radio/podcast, books, newspapers, calendars,
photos, design, or graphics, virtually everything except
advertising is eligible. The on-time entry deadline is April
15th, 2015, and the on-time entry fee remains at $65.00 per
SEMA invites business and industry experts to submit
applications to present a seminar at the 2015 SEMA Show taking
place Nov. 3-6, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
for speaker submissions are available until
February 18, 2015. For more details, contact SEMA Education
Director Zane Clark at email@example.com, 909-978-6743.
Connected & Automated Vehicles and the Cybersecurity Threat: How Industry is Responding
Nominations for Automotive News' selection of 100 Leading Women
In The North American Auto Industry are now open until March 6. . . .The ongoing series of breakfast
briefings sponsored by the Center For Automotive Research will
Cybersecurity and its threat to connected and automated
cars at its February 17 gathering at Schoolcraft College
in Livonia, Mich. Top authorities in the field will participate
in a panel and open discussions. The problem was highlighted recently in a
NY Times report by Aaron Kessler of a government
study due out today that will reveal "Serious gaps in security
and customer privacy affect nearly every vehicle that uses
SEMA Battle of the
Builders competition will be featured on the Velocity network in
a one-hour television special set to air Sunday, March 8, at
8:00 p.m. (EDT). . . .For a complete overview of classes, rules and schedule of the exotic (for country boys)
Barbados Rally Carnival August 20 to Sept. 1, check:
barbadosrallycarnival.com. And, if you are really planning ahead, check
rallyround.co.uk, for the 2016 Paris-Vienna Rally.
Volvo Trucks Epic Split became the world's "most awarded
in 2014," according to a recent compilation by the Gunn Report of results from 45 global, regional and national ad
industry creative award competitions, Joe Mandese reports in
MAD. . . . Bill Maloney was awarded first
place in the 2014 short story competition sponsored by the
Honolulu Chapter of the National Writers Association. Titled
Crash Carter, it is the first such honor for a story about a
race car driver, Maloney notes. . . . VW Golf and Ford F-150
named North American Car and Truck of the Year by a national
panel of automotive journalists.
Boris Said will serve as
Grand Marshall of the 2015 Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road
Atlanta April 24-26. . . . . Deb Pollack,
a senior strategic
consultant with Luxury Automotive Marketing & PR, has been
awarded the 2015 'Spirit of Leadership Award' presented annually
by the Women's Automotive Association International. The
award, recognizes professional women in the automotive industry
for their outstanding leadership achievements, community
involvement, and contributions to the growth and progress of the
The Road Racing Drivers Club honored Vic Elford with its 2015
Phil Hill Award and Bill Warner with its 2014 Bob Akin Award. .
. . Alex Job, owner of Alex Job Racing of Tavares, Florida,
received the 2014 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, for
his demonstrated qualities of integrity, passion for the sport
of automobile racing and an infinite love of cars. . . .
Below is the small shop winner in Classic Motorsports Magazine's
Shop Contest (the
Large and Commercial shop winners and
some honorable mentions can be seen in the publication's July
Small Shop winner: Jack Olsen
Thanks to NEMPA president Lisa Brock for posting this link
to a UK firm’s
study of US media’s attitudes towards PR.
Perhaps it caught her eye with this appraisal of New England’s media:
"Typical levels of influencer cynicism vary greatly across the U.S., but
are at peak levels in New England where media skepticism is rated by
local PR professionals as 10 out of 10. In this region, reporters
typically distrust PR efforts and 'border on cranky.' That could be a
good thing for both flacks and hacks – a healthy wariness.
2015 officers and directors of IMPA:
President: Scotty Reiss,1st Vice President: Robert Calem, 2nd Vice President: Bill Howard, Secretary: Marianne Frisch, Treasurer: Michael Geylin President Emeritus: David Kiley,
Directors: Joel Levin, Wade Hoyt,
Stephen Martin, Tamara Mlynarczyk, Steven Oldham
and John Voelcker
Kudos to WAPA and the Washington Auto Show’s PR and
promotion in a market where autos appear to get press only when Congress
holds a hearing. Prior to the show’s public opening, they held their own
event on Capitol Hill to remind lawmakers and officials that the
industry is "back to near peak production and healthier-than-ever
profits." A display on the Hill of nearly every brand of American-made
vehicle was followed by a series of short talks. This year the show got
the Energy Secretary for its Government keynote address;
recruited broadcast, sports, and film celebrities for daily appearances,
and a performance by a U.S. Army band. They offered show-goers a
hands-on competition for a new Honda, established a special
Family Fun Zone where wall climbing and a string of popular children’s
entertainers kept the tykes content while, hopefully, Mom and Dad picked
out a new car from the 700 models on display.
Three Dog Night will perform a concert on the fairway following
the awards ceremony of the 2015 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance
New officers and directors of MPG are: Jason Fogelson,
President, Michael Harley, Vice President and Chris Woodyard,
Secretary, and new Board members are Aaron Gold and Russell
Datz. Darryll Harrison remains Treasurer. . . . Entries for
the MPG Media Guide cover photo contest are due by Feb. 20. Check
MotorpressGuild.org for rules.
Brand-E.Biz reports, "An increase in car-sharing activity to 5% of all
journeys could pretty much halve US car sales, according to metrics from
Ark Investment Management. That makes ventures such as the new Audi
Unite program – which allows up to five people to
share use of a car
as well as more-established services such as Zipcar, Uber and
like significant moves." . . . . Roger C. Lanctot of Strategy Analytics
disagrees. Writing for Pulse, he says, "The assumption is that access to
car sharing services will suppress demand for new and used cars. This
assumption is widely held, but it is a misconception. Car sharing
services are more likely to stimulate rather than retard demand for new
and used vehicles." . . . Uber, by the way, is responding to passengers reporting
their Uber experience on Yelp or other Internet outlets by creating
internal ratings of passengers it serves. ...And, they can look
forward to competition from Google, reported to be planning its own
fleet of roaming driverless cars available for hire. It could prove
interesting because Uber relies on Google Maps in its business.
Laurie Sullivan said in Data and Targeting Insider on The Data DNA Behind
"Ford plans to develop applications that can work across multiple
transportation systems using data . . . GE will collaborate with
to collect data and deliver coupons and discounts to local stores . . .
And some automakers want to project data and Facebook posts on
Recent studies show "there's mounting evidence that,
as they grow older, Millennials are following a pattern more similar to
that of previous generations" Paul Eisenstein says in his Detroit Bureau
Millennials' Purchasing Power Reshaping Auto Industry. . . . . Erik
Sass reports in Media Daily News that Sports Illustrated
has put its six
staff photographers on layoff, opting to go with a network of
freelancers which now may include those let go by the company. Sass
notes that in May 2013 Chicago's Sun–Times made the same move and
equipped their reporters with digital cameras. In March 2014, the paper
rehired several of the photographers it had let go.
reports Conde Nast has created an in-house studio, 23 Stories, which
will utilize the publisher's editorial and video staffers to create native ads
for some of its larger advertisers. Sass says, "This new organizational
structure marks a major shift for the publisher, which until now has
maintained strict separation between its editorial staff and branded
content producers." He adds that Meredith Corporation launched a new
native ad platform called "Buzz," which integrates marketers' native ads
into contextually relevant content areas that are endemic to Meredith
There's good news (of sorts) for writers in a Center For
Media Research report quoting several sources that content marketing,
hence the need for content creators, will grow in 2015 . . . . A grand
plan for a West Coast string of hyper-local community newspapers seems to be
falling apart as the Long Beach Register ceased publishing in December,
joining at least the Los Angeles Register in the bin of faded dreams. .
. . Local Motors plans two new 3D printing factories, according to
Zach Doell's Bold Ride Daily. Sites in Knoxville and outside of Washington,
DC will join existing plants in Las Vegas and the company's home base in
Phoenix. Doell reports Local Motors hopes to have 100 sites globally in
ten years where a consumer can have a street-ready car printed. . . . .
Volvo's SGO is slated to be the first Chinese-made car in the U.S.
market, the The Detroit Bureau reports. The Bureau elaborates that Volvo,
which is owned by the Chinese carmaker, Geely, isn't making a big deal
of its provenance, a Geely plant in Chengdu, China.
Sue Calloway has returned to Time, Inc. as a senior editor to oversee
and expand the company's automotive coverage across its brands. Most
recently on the West Coast where she started The Auto 100, she had been
with Fortune from 1994 to 2000.
Concurrently, the company retained Jason Harper to assist Calloway as a
contributing editor. He is a 15-year veteran contract writer on automotive
subjects. No email, as yet, for her, but he can be reached at
. . . David Traver Adolphus has taken over as editor of Speedlist which, he
says, has 200,000 subscribers on Instagram. His assignment (surprise!) is
to attract more readers to its website,
www.speedlist.com, an online
advertising and research service for car buyers, sellers and
enthusiasts. He's open for sports car, high-end and lifestyle pitches at
firstname.lastname@example.org while continuing
his many other ongoing projects, as well.
New England-based freelance scribe Keith Griffin has added
BoldRide.com to his many outlets. He can be reached at
. . . . Joanne Groff is the special sections coordinator at California's
Ventura County Star Email: email@example.com
. . . Norm Mayersohn, deputy auto editor at the New York Times, has accepted a
buy out from the newspaper. . . . . Joseph White is leaving The Wall
Street Journal after many years as a senior editor overseeing
transportation and automotive coverage while writing the Journal's "Eyes
on The Road Column."
Andy Reid, formerly a writer for Classic Motorsports, now writes for
Haggerty Magazine and Pursuitus.com. His email is
AndyReid@aol.com . . . Dana Hull has departed
Contra Costa Group. No one
has been named to replace her as auto reporter. Send auto news to
firstname.lastname@example.org . . . .
Jenn Barlow remains with WealthTV but
has a new email: email@example.com.
"Landspeed Louise" Noeth provided
her readers, fans and friends with a mild report of her unexpected
without notice and unexplained severance from the Goodguys Gazette, for
whom she had provided a regular column, features and photos over a
12-year span during which her columns and photos earned her numerous
awards and "Woman of The Year" honors from the publication itself.
Concurrently, she proudly announced the third and final episode in her
history of Bonneville racing on the occasion of its 200th
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John Kiewicz - Former Associate Editor at Car Craft, Senior Editor at
Motor Trend and a past Senior Press Administrator at the American Honda
Motor Company, Inc.
Tom Kowaleski - At various times a communications executive or
consultant for Chrysler, General Motors, BMW and most recently, Lincoln.
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Automotive Museum (RIAM) Friends and family plan a celebration of his
life at the Museum on Saturday February 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
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Susan Miller sent along a copy of the still-popular compendium
of Porsche brochures and sales literature from 1948 through1965.
Painstakingly produced by her and Richard F. Merritt and
published in 1978, it has been updated twice and is the standard
reference worldwide for Porsche literature collectors. She says,
"The book still sells on my website. Not just literature
junkies, but restorers and 356 owners who never saw the original
sales piece for their car." Perhaps not so coincidentally, she and
a supply of the
well done source book will be on hand for the LA Literature, Toy
and Memorabilia Show March 7 at the LAX Hilton Hotel and, no
doubt at The 356 Club's So Cal All-Porsche Swap &
Car Display to be held Sunday, March 8th, at the Phoenix Club in
Anaheim, CA. For more information on these events, check:
lalitandtoyshow.com and for more information about
the book: porschebooks.org
Another book sent our way, which we have not yet had time to
Cadet Blues written by Rob Krider a freelance
autowriter who pens the Speed News
"Toolshed Engineer" column and is now in his 15th year of writing
the "Man Overboard" humor column for the Santa Maria Sun in
Central Coastal California. While it is a true account of the
cadet experience at the California Highway Patrol Academy, Krider writes that there are enough of his two others callings
in Cadet Blues to make it a fun, car-action read. It is
available in print and E-book on Amazon.
Roman Mica says
nearly all of the Detroit Auto Show press conferences can be
and he promises The Fast Lane Car And Truck will have all the
Chicago Auto Show press conferences.
Land Speed Louise’s three-part history celebrating the 100th
anniversary of Bonneville Racing was in the January-February
issue of The Society of Automotive Historians Journal.
Members can find all three installments in these issues:
Issue 272 (Jan/Feb)
Issue 271 (Nov/Dec)
Issue 270 (Sep/Oct)
The fourth edition of James
Halderman's Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles will be out in
February. The December issue of his James Halderman newsletter offers a long
list of updates.
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Automotive Press Association
Mark Phelan, President
American Racing Press Association
Stan Clinton, President
Eastern Motorsports Press Association
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Ron Hedger, President
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
Davis Adams, President
International Motor Press Association
Dave Kiley, President
Midwest Automotive Media Association
Kirk Bell, President
Motor Press Guild
Los Angeles, CA
Joni Gray, President
New England Motor Press Association
Craig Fitzgerald, President
Northwest Automotive Press Association
Nik Miles, President
Phoenix Automotive Press Association
Cathy Droz, President
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
Andre Smirnov, President
Southern Automotive Media Association
Bill Adam, President
Southeast Automotive Media Organization
Texas Auto Writers Association
Truck Writers of North America
Tom Kelley, Executive Director
Western Automotive Journalists
San Francisco, CA
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Melanie Batenchuk, President
quotes to note
The Real Reason Google Glass Failed
"Google Glass isn't humanly relevant. It's intrusive both to the
user and to observers. And this is, ultimately, why it failed."
Melissa Mackey: Mobile Marketing
When The Mailbox Can Talk To The Toilet Seat -
"As you adapt to the Internet of Things, your life will become a
living hell when the cable modem goes down or somebody
accidentally unplugs the router."
George Simpson: Online Media Daily
Dean Baquet's ‘Charting the Future' Note to Times Staff
"Don't allow the turmoil in the news business make you forget
just how good we are, and that we are here to break big stories
and ask hard questions of the powerful."
Public Editor's Journal, New York Times
Same Conversation, Different Location
"What we need now are filters. We need a way to separate the
signal from the ever-increasing noise. . . . . is there a way to
save publishing? Perhaps, but it will be in a form much
different than any we currently see. Publishing's role may be in
serving both as a filter and a matchmaker."
Gord Hotchkiss, Online Spin
Seeking Penicillin For A Nasty Dose
" . . . it is one thing to be pirated by individuals and
organized criminals, and another to be exploited openly by an
incorporated business with major investors. Because it isn't
just a new world order of aggregation. It's old-fashioned
Bob Garfield: Garfield At Large
What Is News Still Doing On TV?
"For every day, every hour, watching on TV seems so awkward you
can't believe the network news divisions, or CNN on cable, will
exist much longer--not on television anyhow."
P.J. Bednarski: Online Video Daily
2015: Brace For The Collision Of Entertainment, Marketing And
"Brands will source all of their communications content from
peoples' passions," including music, sports, gaming,
entertainment, pop culture and other interests.
Lucien Boyer, Havas Sports & Entertainment President and CEO:
Media Agency Daily
Virtual Traffic Lights Could Revolutionize City Driving
"The average American worker spends almost half an hour commuting
each day, but virtual traffic lights could cut that almost in
Katherine Noyes: TechNewsWorld.com
The Sorry State Of Online Publishing
"Trying to read an article on most sites online is like trying
to tiptoe through a cognitive minefield. Publishers have
squeezed every possible advertising opportunity onto the page --
and in doing so, have sacrificed credibility, cohesiveness and
Gord Hotchkiss: Search Marketing Daily
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