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Praise for local press

In Media on August 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

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Many thanks to Wick Advertising Director Cindy Hefley and Regional Advertising Account Executive Inese Kalnins for bringing this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show to our attention.

Maddow, of course, is a left-leaning talk show host on the cable network MSNBC. She comes from a liberal perspective so she might not be your cup of weeknight tea, but to my mind, at least, she is more articulate than some of the shouters I see both on her network and on the competition. Perhaps that is because she was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

I don’t have too much to add to what she says over the course of four beautiful minutes here, but I did want to share it with you all. It deals with a fire at a small newspaper in the middle of North Dakota and how the town rallied to see that the next edition got out. After extolling the virtues of small-town journalism, Maddow tells her audience, “If you do not already subscribe to your local newspaper, do so. If you need to give a kid a gift, get them a subscription.”

It’s awesome. …

Race and suspect descriptions

In Writing techniques on August 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

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Let’s discuss a touchy subject: Should you mention the race of someone suspected of a crime? What about if that person is on the loose and cops are searching for him?

It’s something that happens every day. Police tell you they are looking for a Hispanic male who was leaving the scene of a home burglary or a drug deal or a domestic disturbance, etc. Sometimes they have more of a description. Sometimes they don’t. Do you include the race of the suspect in your story?

Christian Boone is a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (and a very old friend.) He caused me to think about this anew with his Facebook post earlier this week. I completely agree with him. …

Average vs. great managers

In Management on August 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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Last week I stumbled upon a really profound, graceful, interesting look at management and it came in the form of a series of simple cartoons.

They are the work of Julie Zhuo. She is director of product design at Facebook. Her work is called, “Average Manager vs. Great Manager Explained in 10 Sketches.” Take a look.

The sentiments she sketched out obviously struck a nerve, and not just for me. She first posted them on Medium (and if you aren’t familiar with Ev Williams’ blogging platform, you should be) and then shared it on Facebook. Her Facebook share has been reshared another 348 times at this writing and earned 1,300 likes.

Her point, it seems to me, that the best managers treat employees with respect and seek their partnership rather than delivering edicts from on high. …

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