U.S. Supreme Court’s “Trump Too Small” Ruling Could Foretell Big Trouble for “Actual Malice”

U.S. Supreme Court’s “Trump Too Small” Ruling Could Foretell Big Trouble for “Actual Malice” Published June 2024 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications On June 13 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 15 U.S.C. § 1052(c), a provision of trademark law barring registrations of…

“I don’t know” can be a great answer

“I don’t know” can be a great answer By John Foust, Advertising Trainer I remember talking about sales presentations with Edwin, who is the marketing director of a regional advertiser. “I’ve heard all kinds of presentations from media salespeople and I’ve asked plenty of questions during those conversations,” he said.…

Protect your precious credibility

Protect your precious credibility By Jerry Bellune, Writing Coach What if your police chief came out with what sounds like a controversial statement? What if he said that illegal immigrants, criminals and rapists had invaded your community?  Strong charge but is it true? Would you publish this without asking for…

Impress upon readers the underlying value of public records

Impress upon readers the underlying value of public records Published May 22, 2024 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Hardly a year passes without legal requirements for public notices coming under assault. It’s happening this year in the Minnesota Legislature where the Minnesota School Boards Association is seeking authority for school…

S.C. Supreme Court Opens Police to Scrutiny, as Radio Scrambling Takes it Away

S.C. Supreme Court Opens Police to Scrutiny, as Radio Scrambling Takes it Away Published May 2024 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications On May 8 the South Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion reversing the conviction of a man arrested merely for annoying the police…

Sometimes it’s good to create a stir

Sometimes it’s good to create a stir By John Foust, Advertising Trainer My wife and I have family friends who told us about their boating experiences in northern Virginia. They had a pontoon boat which was docked at a local lake. During the cold months, they used a device called…

Why - and why not - record interviews

Why – and why not – record interviews By Jerry Bellune, Writing Coach Well-known reporter Gay Talese shares my distaste for what we once called tape recorders.  Today you can record interviews with your cell phone, even transcribe and edit them electronically. But do you need to? Talese called recorders…

A commitment to updating websites with breaking news can lead to more traffic and help communities

Sustaining Rural Journalism A commitment to updating websites with breaking news can lead to more traffic and help communities Published April 2024 By Benjy Hamm, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism When I recently heard about a major news event in an area where I have friends, I instinctively called up…

Lawsuit Challenges SC Prisoner Gag Rule

Lawsuit Challenges SC Prisoner Gag Rule Published April 2024 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications The Alex Murdaugh trials brought new unprecedented attention to South Carolina’s legal system, including how it deals with the media in high-profile cases. And his incarceration—both during trial and after…

Solving the puzzle of advertising

Solving the puzzle of advertising By John Foust, Advertising Trainer We’ve all heard challenges described as puzzles. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a real puzzle and see how it relates to the particular challenges of creating advertising. Jigsaw puzzles, of course, are illustrations, photographs or other…