Sex Trafficking At Detroit Auto Show? Three Media Outlets Take Author’s Word For It

Good journalists treat undocumented claims with a level of skepticism summarized in a classic phrase: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” That’s how it’s supposed to work. But in an age of lean staffs, web-speed pace and eroding standards, one-source stories slip in and readers can have more skepticism than pros. A … Continue reading

Public relations

PR 101 memo to Michigan: A controversial law and a tourism slogan don’t mix

This year isn’t two weeks old and we’ve got a nominee for Top PR Fails of 2013. The economic development team in Lansing dilutes its successful Pure Michigan tourism message by slapping it on a politically charged ad. “Michigan is the newest Right-to-Work state,” says a full-page Wall Street Journal ad Jan 9, promoting “a … Continue reading

Random slings & arrows

Go Between the Covers with Charlie LeDuff, Whose ‘Detroit: An American Autopsy’ Is Out Soon

“Just got the hard copy of my new book, ‘Detroit: An American Autopsy’,” popular journalist Charlie LeDuff tells social media followers this weekend. “Release date is Feb. 7.” A trade review in Publishers Weekly describes it as “an edgy portrait of the decline, destruction, and possible redemption of his hometown.” In a spare, macho style, with a … Continue reading