MUSINGS ON COMMUNICATIONS

Advertising’s mini crisis – not enough geeks

I’d neither met nor heard a ‘prophet’ speak before so my expectations were heightened when I learned that David Shing would address the third annual Media360 Summit in Hong Kong. Shing, or ‘Shingy’ for short, is an Australian-born, New York…

Situations Vacant

Depending on how you choose to look at it, China is either an ancient civilization or a 30 year-old economy. If you’re in the international PR industry here, the country’s more recent history dominates your workload more than the Han…

Career Opportunities after China.

The journalist’s emailed questions were mostly straightforward. She was writing a report for a European recruitment firm specialising in expatriate assignments that wanted to expand its business in China. “How difficult had it been to find a suitable apartment?” “Had…

Bridging the Language Divide

A successful American businessman generated news headlines this week when he delivered a 30 minute speech and then took questions from an audience. The speech took place at Tsinghua University, one of China’s foremost seats of learning in Beijing. Reporters…

Stop the unnecessary interruptions

There we were, sitting in the top floor bar taking in the last of the evening sun and the spectacular views of the Bund with the Pudong area of Shanghai lit up like a Christmas tree behind it. The cocktails…

Creation Versus Distribution

I could have headlined this post “What PRs can learn from the word’s most successful chefs” but then I’m a little bit old-skool and object to clickbait-type headlines.  However, that the world’s best chefs and restaurateurs focus not only on…

Help to Buy?

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It’s unfathomable that any UK politician could be so oblivious to the public’s resentment of the expenses scandal that brought British politics into disrepute in 2009 and saw a number of MPs relocate from HM Government to spending time at…

The Grim PReaper?

Watching a ‘Twitter spat’ unfold recently, I was reminded of the story of the CFO who complained to the CEO when asked to approve the company’s training budget: “What happens if we train our people and they leave?” The CEO…

IN DEFENCE OF THE PRESS RELEASE

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. A recent podcast reminded me. Speaking on the podcast (regretfully not bookmarked and now lost), PR man Mark Borkowski pointed out that the Daily Mail gets 20,000 press releases every…

CAN STEVE JOBS SAVE NEWSPAPERS?

While journalism is busy reinventing itself for the digital future, the newspaper publishing business has taken up residence in the town of Jeopardy. It’s moved in close to the high street where you’ll find the travel agent, the video rental…