Winning in Silence

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The excitement of achievement begins to die the moment it is shared. Redistributing the energy, even with those who love you the most, immediately and inevitably kills some of the beauty that can only be harnessed and recognized by a selfish owner. It’s only as selfish as it is constructive. Effective mentalities are products of trained minds. Practicing restraint by winning … [Read more...]

The Stain of Censorship on the Washington DC Jewish Community Center and the Firing of Ari Roth

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Ari Roth, longtime Artistic Director of Theater J, the resident company at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC), was fired recently, and summarily escorted out of the building by security. Unusually for this sort of transition, Roth’s firing has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times. A letter, signed by sixty Artistic Directors from … [Read more...]

New Beginning or Same Old Story for The Times?

It was another rough year for The New York Times. Staff cuts, including cuts to the newsroom staff, seemed all too regular. The Times continued to miserably fail in its (attempted) transition to digital, highlighted by the decision to shut down its NYTOpinon mobile app, part of a revamped subscription-app-based model, after just four months. Executive editor Jill Abramson was … [Read more...]

Propaganda 2.0 or Propaganda Too

The title reflects a question, perhaps an accusation, bluntly posed by an irritated online reader of The Economist after finishing its recent story titled “Propaganda 2.0” about the Chinese government’s innovative – shall we say Millennial – attempt to keep a stranglehold on information in the world’s most populous country by changing the model of its state-run media … [Read more...]

“Increasing the Awesome” in NASA Communications

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I have a dream job: I'm the press secretary at NASA. Our mission: reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. Doing press for one of the most internationally – perhaps intergalactically – well-known brand institutions still has its challenges. Media convergence and newsroom staff reductions mean fewer reporters cover … [Read more...]