Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News, spoke to the Press Club of Dallas 10.30.13 at KERA's studios. Photo by Regina L. Burns.
| |The Obama administration has charged seven government employees under the "Espionage Act with a felony for [allegedly] giving information to the press" with NSA leaker Edward "Snowden being the most celebrated," Jim Moroney, the publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News, told the Press Club of Dallas.
Moroney said Wednesday night during an On the Record event at KERA's studios the hike in the number of governmental employees facing such charges is unprecedented. He said he is very concerned that a U.S. Senator on the Homeland Security committee recently acknowledged being unaware of the NSA's alleged spying activities. The committee is tasked with monitoring the NSA's actions.
Listen to an excerpt of Moroney's comments, on the right.
Moroney also talked about the state of American newspapers which are struggling to find viable revenue models. He spoke candidly about The Dallas Morning News' efforts to create subsidy businesses. Watch an excerpt of his remarks, below.
Moroney talked about nonprofit and citizen journalism.
Listen to an excerpt of his remarks, below.
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A commemorative bracelet given to attendees Sept. 15, 2013. Photo by Regina L. Burns
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I attempted to pass the Project Management Professional certification *exam and didn’t. About failing the test: several people have shared that they also didn’t pass the PMP certification on their first attempt, so there’s that. Photo by Flickr user collslee
However, I came away with some insights about the study of project
management and how it relates to my journalism and communications background that may be helpful to my blog readers.
First, I saw the connections between news and project management, between the “rundown” used in broadcast news and the “budget” generally found in print newsrooms and that of the project charter. In project management, the project charter is the official document that says someone (known as a sponsor) is paying for work to be completed by a certain deadline. Each project needs a project charter, a project manager as well as a team to do the work, of course.
In news, the rundown or the budget documents the stories being
planned for that day’s newspaper or newscast. In other words, the budget and the rundown are the official documents showing the lineup for each day's news product.
Second, a work breakdown structure, which is used to plan the project's activities, is similar to a storyboard in broadcast. The WBS is a graphical representation of the project broken down into work packages based on the information available. The storyboard allows you to visualize the show, the movie or even the commercial as it’s supposed to appear.
Third, iteration (repeat planning) happens a lot in project management as plans change or new information becomes available, just like in news, when there’s breaking news or an error must be corrected. Both project management and journalism are iterative. The planning continues until the news product is published or broadcast and until the deliverable has been accepted by the customer.
Fourth, then the project is formally closed with all lessons learned
documented and archived to aid future projects. In news, photos, scripts, past stories, court records, lawsuits, obituaries, interviews, reporters’ notes and sometimes audio/video outtakes are saved for future news packages or investigative purposes. Depending on your journalism landscape, they are saved in the morgue, the library or the database (SharePoint site), etc.
Fifth, the project manager's title is similar to that of the executive editor (print) and the news director (broadcast). The project manager is in charge of the team and is faced with getting the project completed in a timely fashion, while keeping an eye on the money and the organization's business objectives. The editor and the news director are overseeing the production of a daily news product and battling to stay fiscally above water.
Sixth, stakeholders are everywhere and they can make or break a project. I was especially fascinated by the stakeholder power/interest matrix that should be completed early in the project planning process. Why? Because successful project management involves identifying all the stakeholders, their interests as well as their preferred communications methods.
Those communications’ preferences are expected to be documented in a communications plan, according to project management protocol. In the news business, stakeholders are online, in front of the TV screen, in the newsroom editing audio or in a nearby editing bay feverishly cutting video for a live shot five minutes away, in the sales department, in Creative Services, in the car listening to radio simulcasts, or using a digital recorder to report from a three-alarm fire at 2 in the morning. The news director and the editor have to respond to their stakeholders promptly and professionally if they want their news product to be successful.
Seventh, both project management and journalism have a monitor and control process. In news, it's called copy editors (print) or producers (broadcast). The producer & copy editor are responsible for ensuring the accuracy /integrity of the news product and that the show runs on time. They do fact checks and verify the source's name is correct. They are concerned with attribution (what source said the mayor has been charged with the crime or whatever). And money, least I forget that: they check figures and review reporters' math.
In project management, the monitor and control process, under the project manager's reign, focuses on keeping the project on budget, within scope and that risks are monitored and controlled, among other knowledge areas.
Finally, like journalism, project management requires the ability to make decisions fast, change direction quickly or even close (cancel) a failing project. Similarly, their overall shared goal is achieving customer (stakeholder) satisfaction.
P.S. I actually enjoyed the computer-based *testing process (sounds odd, I know) because once I settled in, the exam provided a lot of information about learning styles and the value of lifelong education. Hmmm, maybe there’s a way to marry project management and journalism/communications/social media/PR?
My mom had it going on!
Memphis, Tenn. (6.17.13) Mrs. Rowena H. Whiting, who bought Memphis musician Kenneth DeWalt his first trombone and foresaw his success nationally when he was a beginning musician, has died. She was 82. Sleep on MaDear; enjoy your rest. #RIP
She died Sunday of respiratory failure at Baptist Memorial Hospital, according to Regina Burns, one of her daughters.
DeWalt, who has played for numerous stars including “Johnny Taylor, The Temptations, The Bar-Kays (plus) Al Green and recorded with Mary J. Blige,” said when his aunt told him he would be on “The Tonight Show” he laughed. But years later in 2003, he called her from California after he played for Al Green on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Services Tuesday (6.18.13) will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. Visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the funeral starting at 5 p.m. Burial is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday (6.19.13) at New Park Cemetery, 4536 Horn Lake Road.
Mrs. Whiting was the former wife of the late Prince Whiting Jr. In addition to Burns, her children are Darryl A. Whiting Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla. and Marla Whiting of Memphis. Derrick A. Whiting Sr. predeceased her in 2004 at age 41.
Mrs. Whiting formerly worked at the then-Armour Packing Co. Her late parents, Alon Etta Vaughn-Hooks and John Hooks, were sharecroppers in Clarkedale, Ark., where she was born. Her siblings included Daisy Tanner, Rosemary DeWalt and a brother, who each predeceased her.
She leaves eight grandchildren: Derrick A. Whiting Jr., Tolissia Whiting, Joshua D. Whiting, Zephaniah D. Whiting, London Pierce, LaDarius Pierce, Darryl Whiting Jr. and Darius Whiting. Granddaughter Daphne Whiting predeceased her.
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Dr. Michael Williams, assistant professor of history and African American studies, Mississippi State Univ.
Enjoying a moment with Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence and "The Wind Done Gone" author Alice Randall at The Oxford Conference for the Book
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Catching up with (left) Ted Ownby, director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss and Richard Howorth, founder of Square Books in Oxford, Miss.
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Breaking down big data’s role in social media marketing is the focus of this third installment in my blog’s “Social Media Trends 2013” audio series. All content © 2013 Harvest Reapers Communications; All Rights Reserved. Thus far, I have shared excerpts of my audio interviews with three Subject Matter Experts who provided insights into how their organizations use social media to engage with their target audiences. The series began in January and runs whenever I have great content to share. Why Care About Big Data? Whether it’s Webopedia’s definition of big data or the one recently referenced in The Wall Street Journal, the bottom line is big data’s onslaught is keeping leaders across various sectors awake at night as they wrestle with how to maximize it for their organizations. Social media enters into the fray as marketers seek insights from the data generated by analytics tools to determine if they are on the right marketing path.
Nate Silver (ctr) poses with us. Photo courtesy of Fabian Robinson.
GolinHarris' Director of Insights Eric Swayne
GolinHarris’ Director of Insights Eric Swayne Breaks Down Big DataI interviewed Eric Swayne, GolinHarris’ director of insights, about the role of big data and social media marketing. Special thanks to Dallas independent consultant Chris Bradshaw, of BOOMboxNetwork.com, for the invitation to attend the Social Media Breakfast Dallas event where Swayne was the featured speaker in January.The interview began with an overview of Swayne's role. He said he "collects" the digital data his PR/marketing agency generates and determines insights for clients so they can market more effectively. RLB: Break it down for us. RLB: Give us some social media (analytics) tools.
RLB: What can people do to shore up their metrics capabilities?
With Marion Edington, my former Advanced Placement English high school teacher, 01.13
I recently fulfilled a longtime goal to find my Central High School Advanced Placement English teacher to share how much her great instruction impacted my life and my career. This Women's History Month, I am saluting Mrs. Marion Edington.
Mrs. Edington and I reunited Jan. 6 at her East Memphis home, for the first time since my graduation from Central.
The reunion more than met my expectations because she provided insight into her career and she allowed me to record her well-remembered saying, “Students, details students, Hershey Bar details.” Listen to her great wisdom. Mrs. Edington drummed that
"mnemonic rule of thumb
" into her students.
Her "Hershey Bar details" maxim embodies the essence of great writing. It underscores what sets award-winning writers, playwrights, journalists and communicators apart from the mundane. She was a demanding teacher who asked us to reach for the world through literature, writing and grammar. I am thankful to her and to all of my teachers, guidance counselors, and principals at all of the Memphis City Schools I attended. Thank you for caring enough to teach, to instruct, to correct and to help. You made the difference!
Previous Women's History Month Blog Salutes2 Lives Impacted by the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing: Guest Post By Jacqueline WaldMy Women’s History Month Salute: Belva Davis, the first African-American woman television journalist in the western USA Tribute to My Mother, Mrs. Rowena WhitingHappy Birthday Ma Dear; I 'sure am' grateful for your life lessonsPBS Documentary “Makers: Women Who Make America”
More ResourcesThe National Women's History ProjectJewish Women and Social ActivismDiscovering American Women's History Online300 Women Who Changed The World
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Regrettably, I just recently discovered Newbery Medal award-winner Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry at a public library and it’s the best audiobook I have heard this year.
Narrated by Tony award-winning actress Lynne Thigpen, who left us much too soon, the book focuses on 9-year-old Cassie Logan and her family, set in Mississippi during the 1930’s Depression. The land and the fear of losing it drives the novel.
Author Mildred D. Taylor pulls from stories her family shared with her to take us through the very real struggles of racism, poverty and hatred. Yet the book has many wonderfully lighthearted moments that uplift the power of family, love and unity.
Thigpen’s powerful narration brings Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry to life and at the end of the audiobook, Taylor shares insights into her writing process and the influence her family, especially her father, had on the novel. Taylor treats us even further, by singing a song that came to her as she was working on the book.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is more than an award-winning children’s book; it offers a poignant window of history for adults as well.
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Last year I discovered an update to Dale Carnegie's famed bestseller. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates with Brent Cole, published in October 2011.
Those magical words “digital age” caught my attention.
Essentially, this book enhances your soft skills with a solid Web 2.0 framework, enabling you to reap rich relationship rewards.
Of particular note: “soft skills such as compassion and empathy drive hard skills” … by linking both skill sets "to operational productivity, organizational synergy and commercial relevance because all require human commitment.”Here are 15 insights from the book:
1. Make your status updates, tweets and posts meaningful by "removing your agenda."
2. Engage in face-to-face connections when possible.
3. Look for nonverbal cues during interactions with friends, family and others.
4. Use common courtesy online just as you would on a first date.
5. "Resist badmouthing as a differentiation strategy."
6. Think before you hit "Post."
7. Take a breath and “calm down” if you are upset.
8. Look ahead to the future because you might need help from an unexpected source.
9. Listen with everything you've got.
10. Allow your online life to be as harmonious as possible.
11. Uplift others' needs more than yours.
12. Maintain relationships by finding and SHARING common ground.
13. Recognize the responsibility that comes with being an "influencer."
14. Settle disputes in person rather than online.
15. Admit mistakes and make restitution right away.
Read this book to enhance your relationships, which enriches your entire life. Brent Cole is reachable at email@example.com.
New On My Reading ListWith Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together by Ossie Davis and Ruby DeeSlow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness by Dominique Browning2 Books Making News
- Listen to NPR's Tell Me More Host Michel Martin's interview of the author
- Watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's interview of the author
Memphis musician Kenneth DeWalt in action.
Once upon a time, I was a beginning saxophone student and my cousin, Kenny DeWalt (right, below), was learning to play the trombone under the direction of Emerson Able at the famed Manassas High School in Memphis, Tenn.Cuz taught me to use a broom to help learn the keys on the sax. Then he worked with me on breathing correctly. All of that coupled with Band Director Kurl McKinney's instruction came in handy when the Lincoln Junior High School Band went to the Strawberry Festival in Humboldt, Tenn., back in the day. (See my band photo in the slideshow below).
Kenny went on to become a professional horn player, performing with Rev. Al Green and The Bar-Kays, thanks in part to my mom, Mrs. Rowena Whiting, who bought him his first horn. She also prophesied that he would perform on "The Tonight Show." He didn't believe her and laughed. Years later he called my mom from "The Tonight Show" just before he performed!!Meanwhile, in high school and college, I put the saxophone down and picked up a microphone, video camera and other journalist’s tools. This is my Black History Month salute to my 54-year-old cousin, Kenneth DeWalt, who shared insights with me about his amazing professional career during an interview Jan. 5, 2013 in Memphis.
Q: Who are some of the entertainers you have recorded or played for?
Q: What is a live recording in a studio like? Take us there.
Q: Any final words of wisdom for us?
Q: What TV shows have you performed on?
Q: Did you see yourself becoming a national and international musician when you were in school at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tenn.?
Q: What's been the most amazing experience you have had during your career?
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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Dallas immigration attorney M. Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira and her husband Oscar Pereira, a mechanical engineer on the Joint Strike Fighter Program at Lockheed Martin Corp., say Dr. King's influence is alive and well, especially in the immigration reform battle.
They agreed to be interviewed for my MLK Day 2013 blog post. The interviews were conducted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas New Year's Day, where attorney Cedillo-Pereira gave the keynote address at the Dallas County Elected Official Swearing-In Ceremony.
All photos by Regina L. Burns.
Q: What do you think of Dr. King's legacy in 2013?
Q: How is Dr. King's legacy impactful in your work as an immigration attorney?
Q; What is the call to action?
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