Thursday’s news that cable TV giants Comcast and Time Warner plan to merge seems – judging by the buzz on message boards and news outlets’ comments sections — to have been met with all the consumer enthusiasm that greeted New Coke, Qwikster and the Edsel. But unlike those corporate flops, it’s unlikely that the $45 [...]
It’s been a rough few months for consumers. First, millions learned that shopping at their friendly discount store – or upscale department store – may have exposed their financial information to overseas hackers. That series of incidents – on top of drumbeat headlines about government spying and invasion of privacy – has percolated fears about [...]
AOL’s about-face on cuts to its 401(k) program (which I covered in this earlier blog post along with tips for localizing 401(k) trends) raises some other interesting issues regarding employee privacy and employers that self-insure for the medical benefits they extend to workers. Self-insurance is when employers pay medical benefits claims directly rather than paying [...]
News that a staggering 9 million pounds of beef are being recalled by Northern California processing plant, apparently due to incomplete inspection, is the sort of stomach-churning headline that catches readers’ eyes. It follows last month’s tainted-chicken problem, also in California, that eventually sickened prison inmates in Tennessee, according to CorrectionsOne.com, a site with news [...]
AOL’s chief created quite the brouhaha last week by not only making a big (and not worker-friendly) change to the company’s 401(k) program, but blaming the shift on high health-care costs generated by babies who needed intensive medical care. No, this blog post isn’t about managing a major public relations crisis, though the topic does [...]
CVS Caremark Corp. fired up business news this week with word that it’s kicking tobacco products out of its stores this fall, in favor of what it says is a wellness-oriented business model. The company’s press release said it will lose $2 billion in annual sales by the move – a relative drop in its [...]
This two-day webinar, Perfecting Personality Profiles, will be held Feb. 5-6, 2014.
In this self-guided training from those two one-hour sessions, Pulitzer winner Jacqui Banaszynski explores the characteristics of memorable and accurate profiles, while offering a range of profile approaches that can suit your purpose, publication and audience. She also dives more deeply into the reporting and writing techniques that can help any beat reporter pursue sparkling profiles.
The costs and benefits of pre-school education for young children has been making buzz lately, with President Obama mentioning it in his State of the Union address, the new New York City mayor and that state’s governor offering plans to beef up education for all toddlers. According to the New York Times, enrollment in early [...]
The old Bulgarian term for February was “month of dreadful ice” and while that may be true meteorologically, especially this year, it’s a hot-hot-hot little 28 days for news pegs. In addition to the just-past Super Groundhog Day, and Valaentine’s Day (also known this year as Val-Pres weekend due to its confluence with the President’s [...]