There’s a new article on the Communications Network website about the thinking behind the Kaiser Family Foundation’s decision to launch an independent nonprofit news service to produce “gold standard” journalism on health policy issues in the United States. Matt James, KFF’s senior vice president for media and public education, describes the new service, which will roll out in early 2009, as the foundation’s riskiest undertaking.
Who would have thought the bad economy would bring good news to people who work in public interest communications?
WestGlen Communications, a NY-based multimedia marketing consultancy and production company, is reporting that in the wake of advertiser cutbacks, television and radio stations have more unsold air time to fill with public service advertisements.
The Communications Network has teamed up with David Brotherton and Cynthia Scheiderer, authors of the report, Come On In. The Water’s Fine. An Exploration of Web 2.0 Technology and Its Emerging Impact on Foundation Communications, on a separate blog exclusively devoted to how foundations are (or should be) embracing the new social networking technologies.
We harp a lot about jargon as the enemy of clear communication. Littering writing and speaking with annoying phrases should also be taboo. Below is a list of what a group of Oxford University researchers consider to be the “Top 10 Most Irritating Expressions in the English language.”
Judging from the results of a survey conducted after the event, a good time was had by just about every one who attended our Chicago conference, Sept. 24-26 at the Hard Rock Hotel. Some 112 people – or more than 50 percent of conference attendees — responded to our online questionnaire, and they gave the conference a combined “excellent/good” rating of 94 percent.
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