Inexorable as a glacier and insistent as an eroding wind, the pressure mounts to
move data faster and in new ways. Emojis, acronyms, initials, abbreviations,
contractions, codes and symbols are all responses to that pressure. Emoji use
recently hit 700 million in a recent month compared to 125 million in the same
month a year ago, according to Gavin O'Malley in Media Post. He also reported
that Snapchat recently spent in the $100 million range to purchase a company
that will enable users of its app to create personal emojis to convey their
feelings and thoughts. Facebook Messenger claims a billion active users monthly
and every day the platform's users and businesses send 7 billion photos, 1
billion messages, and 22 million gifs, according to Ben Frederick in Mobile
Marketing Daily. That may not include 11,000 plus "bots"- automated computer
constantly trolling the Internet and clicking on and responding to messages.
This unrelenting messaging makes contraction and compaction even more insistent.
It also makes Loren McDonald's question in Email Insider more then
"Are Words (In Email Marketing Messages) So Last-Century?" She was stressing the
need to use more images. And, considering recipients spend an average of 3
seconds in reading a single email, she has a point. Advertising has it even
worse according to a recent Research Brief from Media Post. It reports our eyes
average from 200 to 800 milliseconds on an Internet ad.
The real result of this pressure to convey more data faster, with more impact
means more use of video. New York Times CEO Mark Thompson says, "the future of
media is visual," according to J. Max Robins in TV Everywhere News. The Times
just bought Fake Love" an agency that specializes in virtual and mixed reality
content. Cisco's annual report predicts video will be 80% of web traffic by
2020. Ruper Murdoch plans to spend several million pounds to increase to
"thousands" the number of videos published yearly by his Sun and Times, in Great
Britain, according to the Guardian. The Chicago Tribune is shooting for
thousands of videos daily, John Hermann of The New York Times, quotes "Michael W. Ferro Jr., chairman of the newspaper and magazine publishing company
Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing: "Right now, we're doing
a couple hundred videos a day...We think we need
to be doing 2,000 a day. Growing number of publishers have turned to
technology that promises to streamline video production, sometimes to the point
of near-full automation." He describes two companies that dominate the market
for automated news video: Wochit and
Wibbitz. "They analyze, and may summarize,
text, be it a script or a traditional news article, and then automatically find
photographs and video clips to go with it. The services typically get the videos
and images from sources like The Associated Press and Getty Images."
buying video content from a number of companies and celebrities. Tumbler is
partnering with other companies to provide video and live streaming. Meredith
Corporation, publisher of Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart's Living and
other shelter titles, is expanding its technology and studios as a key component
of its editorial content and business strategy, according to PJ. Bednarski in
VideoBlog. Twitter, has increased the time allowed for a video posted on its
platform as well as on Vine to 140 seconds from 30 seconds. And it purchased
Magic Pony a company that will expand and enhance its video offerings. NextVR
just raised $80 million to expand its platform. Numerous other publishers have
announced expansion of their video capabilities.
All of which raises the
question asked by MediaPost's TV Watch:
More TV Cameras Everywhere: Will Consumers Need to Be Their Own TV
Editors/Producers? or, are consumers even
demanding online video news? In another blog, Bednarski reports: "A recent
report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that, yes,
people will go to online news sources to watch video coverage of a 'big,
breaking news story.' But most of the time, they'd rather read all about it,
rather than see it, which is kind of a cruel irony for the shriveling print
world." No matter, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks, "What I think we
are going to get to...past VR, is a world where more than just being able to
capture what's going on in a scene, I think you're going to be able to capture a
thought, what you're thinking or feeling, in its kind of ideal and perfect form
in your head and be able to share that with the world," according to James Titcomb, of
Bloomberg quoting from a Facebook Q & A session. Supporting that view
is the man credited with inventing the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee. He predicts a
time "when everything becomes more intuitive, and the things we want are more
naturally embedded within our environments," according to Sarah Fay, writing for
AI Insider, a new MediaPost newsletter.
Tesla's handling of the first fatality in one of its AutoPilot-equipped cars
has been a major PR blunder. While that is easy to say in hindsight, the proven
response was established years ago when airline passenger plane crashes killed
dozens and threatened the industry's growth:
Get the news out first.
speculation and rumors before they can take hold.
Create trust by at least
appearing to put truth, safety and human life ahead of profits and image and by
actively and publicly working to root out and correct any glitch in your product
Those airplane crashes involved loss of multiple lives, not just one. Yet,
satisfied that the airline industry valued human life and was motivated to
minimize risks, the public accepted the crashes as the inevitable price of
progress and gradually took to winged mass transportation.
The public had no reason to mistrust Tesla's and founder-guru Elon Musk's
trumpeting (pun intended if you see one) of the electronic future for autos with
headline-grapping claims for its technology. Particularly when Tesla delivered a
product that came close to his hyperbole.
Now, by delaying word of the fatality and issuing defensive news releases
heavily slanted to rebuff criticism, the acceptance and trust in the product and
confidence in Musk that was built despite an
average of $6.00 per car spent on
advertising (as compared to the industry average of $1,000 per car) have been
Of course there may be other motives for Tesla to have ignored classic PR
practice and wait nearly a month to address the crash. Fortune Magazine noted
the fatal accident occurred just two days before Tesla and founder Elon Musk
went to the capital markets with a new stock offering that raised a combined two
billion dollars before investors knew of the fatality in a car equipped with the
company's much-ballyhooed Autopilot. The stock has not suffered since the
ill-timed acknowledgment. Perhaps unchanged because investors are heartened by
the "prophet of technology" putting profit first.
Tesla and Musk issued rebuttals to the Fortune article. But, the seeds of doubt
and suspicion have been sown: the company has been found guilty of overstating
mileage claims, an owner blogged his own failed tests of AutoPilot and other
accidents involving Tesla cars have come to life: SEC and NASA investigations
are in the offing, as is a Congressional inquiry while Consumer Reports wants AutoPilot off the road until it
Musk's "Golden Boy" genius image and believability have been tarnished (AutoWeek
used the word "crazy" in headlining a story about his future plans, another
columnist suggested he believes his own publicity and sycophants). Tesla's
products, innovations and trustworthiness are now suspect.
Instead of leading the way to the future of autodom, Tesla and Musk are
defending - and that may include in a courtroom where Musk's character and
marketing hyperbole will be challenged along with "being out their in Beta mode,
relying on their customers to be guinea pigs," as one consumer group spokesman
said. Still, it may have been worth an extra billion or so.
Amtrak is launching a new bimonthly national travel magazine in
October titled The National, according to Erik Sass
in a Daily Blog of PublishersDaily.
He quotes Simon Leslie, boss of
Ink, the magazine's British
publisher, "It's much more about Americana, the view from the
train, the whole country. There will be stories about things
going on around the network and stories about people on the
train." Ink is also handling creation of social-media content
linked to the magazine for Amtrak, including online video, Sass
reports. . . . . If you are unable to take a train, plane or car
to Pebble Beach, Calif., Sara Guaglione, also from
PublishersDaily, reports TEN is expanding on its sponsorship of
the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It will host a free live
stream of the awards ceremony August 21 on its Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video service. . .
Guaglione switches to the east coast to note that the New York
Times has unveiled its first 360-degree video experience
powered on its mobile Web site. The 360-degree video was
produced and shown last fall on the paper's
NYTVR app but is now
available on the Times Web properties, she says, "without a
dedicated app, platform or device. Audience can access the
content directly in the publisher's own platforms - like
desktop, mobile web, mobile app and tablet - inside an article."
. . . Yet another report from Guaglione tells of Gannett
acquiring the North Jersey Media Group that includes The Record
daily and several other community papers, websites and
properties that, she says, raises Gannett's portfolio of U.S. based dailies to 109.
Facebook's decision to focus on families and friends to the
detriment of hard news has prompted several media commentators
to point out the risks in dealing with the media giant. Jim Kerstetter writing for the
NYTimes' Bits, turned to the fable of
a frog allowing a scorpion to ride on its back to cross a stream
only to be stung for its service. A number of newspapers
were invited to ride the back of Facebook's vast audience only
to be dropped once their content helped establish Facebook news.
. . . .Cars.Com, an online car shopping site that also produces
automotive news and reviews sections for newspapers, has
acquired Dealer Rater, an online platform where consumers can
write their own reviews of dealers and service shops and their
people and services. A Yelp for auto retailing. . . . . Ford has
invested in a 3-D Mapping Company. . . . Brent Snavely of the
Detroit Free Press reports, "After years of debate, the judges
who take part in the North American Car and Truck of the Year
contest will add a new category "SUVs" -- to a widely respected
"The decision to add the third category reflects the growing
popularity of crossovers and SUVs as well as the growing variety
of trucks sold by automakers."
For those who like the bad news first Research Briefs confirms what many a
journalist suspects or knows from personal experience, the market for their
services is shrinking and the culprit is the Internet.
What may be surprising is that the shrinkage was modest until the introduction
of the Smartphone in 2007 when the Internet became "personal and portable."
That's according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, by the
American Consumers Newsletter by Cheryl Russell, Editorial Director,
Strategist Press, Research Brief reports. The newspaper, magazine and book
industries combined lost 80,000 jobs 1993 to 2007 and 237,000 jobs 2007 to 2016.
Some new digital jobs were added and broadcasting jobs were added but not enough
by far to compensate for the departures. The same brief reports that daily
newspaper readership has "plummeted over the past two decades." For persons
under age 44 by half since 2007 and for older readers, 15% to 20% during the
The good news is belief in the future of journalism evidenced
in another Research Brief that reported: "33% of publishers believe that the
industry is getting better, likely based on new technologies, new ways of
thinking about their business model, and the new sources of revenue available
with digital and social products and services."
Also sanguine is a $758,000
grant to The Poynter Institute News University. Presented by The Knight
Foundation, founder of the online journalism education platform in 2005 with a
$2.8 million grant, News U reached an enrollment peak of 102,000 in 2015,
Poynter reports. It has trained 370,000 people since its founding and now offers
400 interactive courses with training in seven languages. The grant will be used
to create a new, mobile-friendly version of NewsU. In announcing the grant
Shazna Nessa, The Knight Foundation's director for journalism, said in a
statement, "In the digital age, journalists are required to constantly update
their skills and keep up with a fast-changing media landscape. News University
can be an essential partner in this goal." Tim Franklin, Poynter's president
"By connecting the dots of Poynter's expansive body of work to support
excellence in journalism and democracy, Poynter will be the largest single
resource for working journalists throughout their careers."
purchase of ReachLocal strengthen the national newspaper chain's emphasis on
hyperlocal,according to Laurie Sullivan, Search Marketing Daily. ReachLocal focuses on
near-me targeting with a real-time targeting radius of between 100 yards and 5
miles from a business location -- even a competitor's. She cites The Wall Street
Journal in putting Gannett's increased digital revenue from the purchase at 50%.
The piece is titled "How Data Is Transforming The Creative Process and
was written for MediaPostLive! by Larissa Faw. Lots of ad types are quoted about
their vocation' s changing ways but Faw's example from Pixar makes the point:
"The studio worked with researchers to analyze human behavior that the animators
then incorporated into characters. For instance, people look up when they
remember images. Pupils stay focused directly ahead when people remember audio
and when someone asks how a person feels, they will look down. Eyes turn right
when telling the truth and left when lying." The studio connects through facial
expressions." as do we all.
When it comes to cars ads, however, it may be that what we see, the metal
expressions conveyed don't connect with what we get.
If you've not seen the "exploded" automotive art photos created by
some Swiss photogs and artists, they are worth seeing at:
. . . For those who are not familiar with the "who, what and whys"
of the Save The Salt Coalition and The Utah
Alliance working to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats as a world
land speed record venue, Landspeed Louise Noeth provides a straight
forward quick read in her
All For One, One for All. .
. .Lucas Oil Racing TV richly deserves a "plug" for its growing coverage of motorsports. It
announced live coverage of five events for its July-August schedule,
four from its off-road racing series and the Lucas Oil Modified
series – Loan Mart 100. Subsequently all will be available online
through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox 360,
XBox One and
Lucas Oil Racing TV for computers, tablets and smartphones.
Ping Pon inspired by1964-65 Porsche 904 / Carrera GTS. Made with Orange Calcite (Utah) with Belge Noir Marble (Belgium) and Bianca Carrera Marble roundel inlays.
Canadian MPG member
Kellen Silverthorn will exhibit a dozen of his
remarkable marble car sculptures in Monterey at the Quail Gathering
and Concorso Italiano. They make use of all the colors in the
planet's stone palate, measure from 22-32 inches and weigh from
45 to 60 lbs. Nine street vehicles from around the world and three
racecars are represented. . . . For those who like to test their
auto recall, Mitch Frumkin's Vintage Quiz of the Week, Auto
Symbolism 2 will challenge those who were eyeing or buying cars in
the 50s' and 60's:
. . .
And David Bull, as almost usual, offers some new books: Details,
Legendary Sports Cars Up Close, 1965-1969. He says it is an in-depth
look at the technology, engineering and preparation behind 54 of the
greatest racing sports cars of that era. Hardcover, 12"X 12", 400
pages, $115.00 and bio-pictorials of famed drivers: Jim Clark and
For more info on the two hardcover bios and Sports Car Up Close and
to order: www.bullpublishing.com
pit notes |
Andrew Krok reports for Road Show that Mercedes Benz has created a new app to
assist first responders who, when confronted with the need to cut into one of
its products, can slice through the sheet metal without hitting high voltage
cables or other dicey technology. Scanning a QR code opens the relevant data
page to guide rescue efforts. New Mercedes, Smart and Fusos come with the code
and dealers can affix a code sticker for models as far back as 1990. . . .
Target will drop its Indy Car sponsorship after 27 years, and 101 victories,
citing a desire to try something new, according to Kavita Kumar in the
retailer's home town Minneapolis Star Tribune. . . . Jerry Garrett raised the
question in his Garrett On The Road blog,
Did Hackers Cost Toyota The 2016 Le
Mans Victory? The speculation didn't get a lot of traction in the media, but his
quote of a member of another team affirms the need to wonder: "Think about it.
They were running fine – flawlessly the whole race – and suddenly, with about
six minutes to go, the car stopped." Garrett says failure of a part susceptible
to hacking caused the car to stop but Toyota does not yet know why it failed.
. . .This posting by Milky,
Most Honest Viper Craigslist Ad Ever
is worth the read.
Dbusiness, regional general-interest magazine reports
The 2017 North American International Auto Show will feature an outdoor track as
part of a new mobility exhibit. R.J. King writes for the publisher's Daily News,
"The 1.5-mile, closed-looped track will run along the Detroit River and will be
used by journalists and Industry Day attendees," (January 8 to 12). . . .
Concourse, an 87-acre development located on the site of a former General Motors
plant in Pontiac, got a boost recently with Dodge's decision to become the
official vehicle of the $50 million to $70 million development that will include
car condos, four-acre outdoor event venue with a 2 1/2-acre area skid pad and 1
1/2-mile race track called the Champion Motor Speedway, according to Mike
Wayland in The Detroit News. He says, "A car condo is anything an owner would
like, from a place to store or work on cars to an event space for businesses."
Wayland reports 130 of the condos, 80 facing the track's 1/3 mile straightaway,
are expected to be finished by year's end. He says condo prices range from
$105,000 for 500 square feet to $650,000 for 3,000 square feet. M1 Concourse is
slated to open mid-August.
The Trouble with Tributes is a lengthy article
Wally Wyss penned for My Car Quest and pretty well describes the problem and the
financial rewards in building replica, continuation or tribute cars.
He notes the considerable money to be made as evidenced by Jaguar getting into
the business by resurrecting its XKSS and 427 S/C Cobras. He
doesn't fault the workmanship or performance of these clones. It is the fact
that doing so is "messing with history-big time." Not to mention the multiple
current regulatory and safety requirements missing from these re-creations.
. . . It doesn't seem right to call a car "adorable" but Alanis King may be
right in her
awards and events
AutoMobility LA has extended the deadline to apply to be a part of its Top Ten
Automotive Startups. Eligible companies have until August 26, 2016 to apply. To
find out more and apply visit:
. . . Tesla is the top "ideal vehicle brand" according to AutoPacific's
annual survey of how satisfied new car and truck buyers are with their purchase.
Tesla buyers want the least amount of changes in their ride among respondents
for the brands surveyed. GMC is the most popular brand and Volvo is the "most
ideal vehicle." Complete survey results are available at:
"Landspeed Louise" Noeth won 1st in Newspaper Feature Writing;
Writing and Honorable Mention in Photography in annual awards by the
All-American Racing Writers & Broadcasters
Association. (Despite the name, it is likely Canadians and snappers from other
nations are eligible to join and compete). . . .Ralph Nader, Allan Mulally, Roy Lunn and
Bertha Ringer were inducted into the Automotive News Hall of Fame.
SEMA presented $168,000 in Memorial Scholarships to 61 student applicants from 16 different fields of study who, typically are juniors and seniors enrolled in post-secondary programs, though they may be anyone from 2-year, 4-year, or vocational programs. Applicants must have already completed about 50% of their required credit hours needed to graduate The online application for next year's awards will be accepted November 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017 at
sema.org/scholarships. For questions or additional information, please contact
Juliet Marshall, SEMA Education Manager, at 909.978.6655 or email
The world's largest automotive extravaganza returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sept. 22-25 when the Charlotte AutoFair brings thousands of classics, customs,
hot rods and muscle cars to the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Cars are just the
beginning. With celebrity appearances, festival food, outrageous entertainment,
10,000 vendors, massive manufacturers' midway, a kids' Play Zone and more,
there's truly something for everyone at the AutoFair sponsored by Pennzoil.
Dozens of workshops, seminars, and special events have been confirmed and finalized for this year's
PRI Trade Show, December 8-10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. To secure credentials and learn more about the events and activities at PRI 2016, visit
In addition to its Sept. 8 luncheon meeting with Nissan's North America
Chairman, José Muñoz, IMPA's members will be hosted by representatives
of the steel industry on the 22nd to hear how new steels lower
production costs and benefit fuel efficiency and the environment.
WAPA members were surprised at their August luncheon when host Hyundai
used the occasion for the North American debut of its Elantra Sport. Now
they speculate what surprise Nissan may have in store for their
September 22nd luncheon and ride and drive. WAPA's 2016 Rally is planned
for Thursday, October 13 along roads on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,
just beyond the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
MAMA's Fall Rally Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Autobahn Country Club will
have the usual track, street and off-road driving and also will
celebrate MAMA's 25th Anniversary with a party that night. It will start
at 4:30 p.m. with drinks and then follow with dinner and presentations,
all at the Autobahn.
MPG's traveling meeting schedule takes them to ICON 4 X 4 in Chatsworth,
on the edge of Los Angeles, Sept. 27. ICON 4 x 4
is a bespoke-vehicle manufacturer with customers worldwide. It is
committed to building vehicles in Los Angeles using 99% U.S. content –
and no plastic. Test drives will be available.
media are encouraged to register now for complimentary All-Access passes
to the Nov. 14-17 fusion of the Los Angeles Auto Show's Press & Trade
Days and Connected Car Expo, AutoMobility LA™. For more information,
registration and hotel booking:
Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Mormon Meteor III is on display at the Blackhawk Museum August 17
thru Sunday, September 11, on loan from the Price Museum of Speed
compliments the museum's guest speaker on September 10, David Fetherston,
author Bonneville, Then and Now. Blackhawk Museum's annual fundraiser
will be a western-themed gala, Oct. 2. . . . The Ironstone Concours
Saturday, September 24 at the Ironstone Vineyards, just outside the old
Sierra Foothills mining town of Murphys, celebrates its 20th year with a
trio of sensuous streamliners; a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow,
Phantom Corsair, and 1955 Lancia Nardi Blue Ray I. A special guest this
year is Wayne Carini from the Chasing Classic Cars TV Show.
The Auto Lunch Bunch is scheduled to meet Sept. 12 (tentative) Oct. 3,
Nov. 7, Dec.5. Unless otherwise announced, they gather at the Waikiki
Yacht Club (right at the entrance to Ala Moana Park at Atkinson).
Visiting auto press is welcome.
It is not a club. No agenda. Nobody sells anything. No roster or
membership, good food ($18.00 includes meal, iced tea, tax and tip). The
club only takes credit cards (no cash). Menu: Mahi Mahi Burger with
French Fries; Hamburger and French Fries;
Caesar Salad with Grilled chicken.
If you know you'll be visiting on one of those dates and want to attend,
contact: Ed Kemper at 225-2965 or email him at
email@example.com. So the club can
get an idea of how many to expect. And, if you want to know about auto
events (races, car club meetings, shows, etc) check him for events
scheduled during your stay.
About.com's auto columns are about gone. Among the About.Com sites shuttered,
apparently without any announcement, are:
Aaron Gold's Cars, Jason Fogelson's
SUVs, Basen Wasef's Motorcycles, Keith Griffin's Used Cars and Jonathan Gromer's
Trucks. The Auto Repair and Auto Tech sites remain open, reportedly. Apparently
the purge came with little warning and Griffin at least, was surprised because
his site had its best traffic the first four months of this year in the eight
years he wrote for it and he felt the company's social media promotions were
hitting their stride. He and the others mentioned are talented, experienced freelancers with other gigs who will make their knowledge and skills available in
Also saying "sayonara" is the chain of hyper-local online
Examiner newspapers that served some 244 markets. Some of the writers for the
network may be offered employment with similar hyper-local celebrity and
entertainment newsletters that the Examiner's parent company, AXS Digital Group,
plans to expand, according to Erik Sass in PublishersDaily. . . .
West Coast communications pro formerly with Kelley Blue Book and more recently
with General Motors, is now Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing
for KIA Motors in Irvine.
David Kiley, who has been writing for outlets
such as Forbes, Fortune, The Chicago Tribune and Automobile, has accepted a
position as Director of Communications at The University of Michigan Ross School
of Business. Kiley says that he will continue to be a Forbes.com contributor and
accept free-lance assignments from time-to-time. He also is working to finish a
new book on a leading car company. Kiley has authored books on Volkswagen,
and one (co-authored) about World War Two that is based on his father's
reporting during the war as a war correspondent, and his parents extensive
correspondence. Kiley, who also remains as a board member of the
International Motor Press Association says his best contact info remains
. . . . James Travers, former associate editor, Autos, at Consumer Reports, is
now Sr. Buyers Guide editor for Car and Driver. Reach him at:734-352-8051 or
firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Bill Maloney has relocated to the mainland from Hawaii
and is looking forward to resuming his Armed Forces Radio Network show with his
team of specialty hosts: Race Headlines Dave Stall; Vintage Car Racing News, Dan
Davis; Motorsports Hall of Fame, Dale Payson; Collector Cars Corner, Phil
Skinner and the ex-Chicago Golden Gloves boxer, TV personality, ad man and show
host himself doing major interviews, reviewing auto museums of note and covering
world motoring news. Contact him at email@example.com.
Brendan Flynn is no longer VP of Marketing and Communications at the LA Auto Show
he is now VP Corporate Communications at a tech start-up called CarLabs
CarLabs is reinventing the automotive shopping, retailing and ownership experience by creating the
first cognitive AI and natural language powered advisor using text and voice:
"Carla a 'Siri for Cars' (only smarter), delivering expert, unbiased car advice anytime, anywhere."
Brendan can be reached at
Please let us know if you change jobs, email
or other contact information you would like other professionals to have.
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CAR| Management Briefing Seminars | Traverse City Michigan
MPG| Luncheon | TBA
MPG at the Drags| Irwindale Events Center| Irwindale, CA
Woodward Ave. Dream Cruise | Detroit, MI
Automotive IQ's Autonomous Vehicle Conference| Detroit,
APA| Luncheon | Future of Emissions Testing | Detroit AC
IMPA| Luncheon | Nissan | NYC, NY
MPG| Luncheon | CA ICON 4x4 | Chatsworth, CA
Ironstone Concours d'Elegance
Charlotte Auto Fair| Charlotte Motor Speedway| Charlotte,
MAMA| Fall Rally 25th Anniversary Party | Autobahn
TAWA| General Membership Meeting | Auto Show Texas State
Fair | Dallas, TX
Paris International Auto Show Public Days| Paris, France
MPG Track Days| Willow Springs, CA (Two-Day driving
APA/NADA | DAC | Detroit, MI
TAWA | Truck Rodeo
WAJ | 8th Annual Auto Tech Conference | Mountain View, CA
IMPA Test Days| Monticello Motor Club | Monticello, NY
APA Luncheon| Consumer Reports | DAC Detroit, MI
AutoMobility LA - MPG Invitation Auto Show Breakfast
MPG | LA Auto Show Breakfast & Press Days
LA Auto Show | Public Days
APA/NACTOY at the DAC| Detroit, MI
MPG | Awards Ceremony - Evening Banquet
across the finish line
Chet Krause – Founder of Krause Publications, Old Cars magazine and what has
been labeled "the most unusual car show in the world" in his hometown of Iola,
Mich. Now in its 44th year featuring vintage cars, the show puts Iona on the
auto enthusiasts' map, attracting some 125, 000 visitors each year who bolster
the small town's economy
with their expenditures.
Art Chrisman - SEMA Hall of Fame drag racer, hot rodder and land-speed racer
passed away July 12 at the age of 86 after a years-long struggle with cancer.
Chris Amon – A winner at Le Mans in 1966 with the Ford GT40 Mk2, the unlucky New
Zeeland-born racer has gone into history as the best F1 driver never to have won
a World Championship Grand Prix.
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Ron Hedger, President
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
Davis Adams, President
International Motor Press Association
Scotty Reiss, President
Midwest Automotive Media Association
Patrick Olsen, President
Motor Press Guild
Los Angeles, CA
Jason Fogelson, 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
Washington Automotive Press Association
Les Jackson, President
QUOTES TO NOTE
What Would A 'Time-Well-Spent' World Look Like?
"Things only change after we drive off the cliff.
The problem is that most of us never see it coming -- because we're too
busy watching a video of masturbating monkeys on Youtube."
Gordon Hotchkiss, Online Spin
Technology and The Truth
"Social media has swallowed the news -- threatening the funding of
public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their
The Guardian per The Huffington Post
The Observer Effect And Our Interconnected, Co-Created Reality
"Waze, Google, Facebook, and every other for-profit digital entity that
derives its success from our collective participation are incentivized
not only to learn from, but also to influence, our behavior.
"We have yet to seriously ask ourselves whether this is what we really
want. But we should."
Kaila Colbin, OnLine Spin
Algorithms Don't Know What People Like
"There's no algorithm in the world that can actually tell you what
people are going to like."
Michael Kassan, founder and CEO of MediaLink as quoted by Gavin
O'Malley, MediaPost Agency Daily
Political Awareness In The Facebook Age
"Historically, the job of helping us be more informed and aware falls to
the Fourth Estate: the news media. But the news media can't get our
attention, because we spend all our time on Facebook.
We don't all need to agree with each other. But when we disagree, we
should at least know why."
Kaila Colbin, Online Spin
Don't Sell –Tell
"In confronting this new consumer . . . They can keep competing for
consideration by tugging at the sleeve of their target, or they can
choose to tell an arresting story that people not only want to
experience and share but will actually seek out."
Gary Cook, Marketing Daily
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