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What Makes a News Story Trustworthy? Americans Point to the Outlet that Publishes It, Sources Cited

By John Gramlich, writing for the Pew Research Center… Americans see a variety of factors as important when it comes to deciding whether a news story is trustworthy or not, but their attitudes vary by party affiliation, demographic characteristics and news consumption habits, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Overall, broad majorities of U.S. […]


7 Things You Should Know About Guns

Written by Denise-Marie Ordway for The Journalist’s Resource, published by the respected Harvard Kennedy School-Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, we changed the title from 7 Things Journalists Should Know About Guns to 7 Things You Should Know About Guns. Regardless of your beliefs, we thought it would be helpful to start with […]


Sports Writers Could Ditch the ‘Clown Questions’ and Do Better When it Comes to Press Conferences

Nicole Kraft, professor of sports journalism at The Ohio State University, writing for The Conversation… LeBron James had enough. During the press conference after Game 1 of the 2018 NBA finals, James was questioned repeatedly by ESPN’s Mark Schwartz about the mental state of teammate J.R. Smith, whose final-seconds rebounding blunder contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers overtime loss. […]


Special Facebook Tools for Government Agencies and Nonprofits

By Stephanie York, J.D., Hennes Communications It’s worth stating over and over – social media is your organization’s most important tool to disseminate information to your stakeholders amidst a crisis. People who care most about you go to your website.  They follow your Twitter feed.  Many likely interact with you on your Facebook page. Because […]


Hey ! Wait a Minute !

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has a new video series titled Hey ! Wait a Minute !, allowing their members to talk for just 60 seconds on topics of interest. Here, Bruce Hennes uses his minute to talk about “The Court of Public Opinion.” For the short video, click here. In our last issue, Bruce […]


To Navigate the Dangers of the Web, You Need Critical Thinking – But Also Critical Ignoring

Sam Wineburg, Professor of Education and History at Stanford University, writing for The Conversation… The web is a treacherous place. A website’s author may not be its author. References that confer legitimacy may have little to do with the claims they anchor. Signals of credibility like a dot-org domain can be the artful handiwork of a Washington, […]


Lawyers & Outrage Management – What Can Outrage Management Offer the Legal Process?

In the last issue of this newsletter, we brought to you Part #1 of an article written by Dr. Peter Sandman titled Lawyers and Outrage Management – Why Do Attorneys Usually Dislike Outrage Management?  You can read that article here.  We hope you agree that this article is still very much on-point and relevant, with lessons […]


Misinformation, Disinformation and Hoaxes: What’s the Difference?

From Michael J. O’Brien and Izzat Alsmadi, writing for The Conversation… Sorting through the vast amount of information created and shared online is challenging, even for the experts. Just talking about this ever-shifting landscape is confusing, with terms like “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “hoax” getting mixed up with buzzwords like “fake news.” Misinformation is perhaps the […]


Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community – Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Next to Warren Buffett’s annual letter to stockholders, one of the most eagerly anticipated document every year is the Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.  From Wikipedia: This report is delivered at a hearing of the US Senate Select Intelligence Committee that has occurred each year since 2006, until 2020. Each hearing includes at least one […]


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