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Why Does Using a Period in a Text Message Make You Sound Insincere or Angry?

From Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh, writing for The Conversation: When it comes to texting, the period, full stop, point – whatever you call it – has been getting a lot of attention. People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark is deployed, from declarations that it’s going out of style to […]


Take the Opportunity to Tell Your Story – After You Prepare and Practice

Q.  What do I do if the media wants to talk to me? A.  Start by asking yourself what you think when you read or hear that the subject of a story – particularly a story in which others are critical of the person or the person’s organization – says “no comment” or that the […]


How Best to Convey “Executive Presence” Non-Verbally

From Dan Hill, writing for CommPro: From U.S. presidents to NFL quarterbacks, I’ve studied their signature facial expressions—looking for the patterns that indicate success. Maybe you weren’t the first choice for the C-suite corner office you now have, but surely you weren’t the 199th overall pick for the job (like the New England Patriot’s Tom […]


The End of the Ad World as We Knew It

By Ken Auletta, excerpted in Nieman Reports: While covering the media business for The New Yorker for more than 25 years, Ken Auletta has profiled many of the most important leaders of the Information Age and reported on the disruption roiling the industry. Among his books are “Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way” […]


The Audience in the Mind’s Eye: How Journalists Imagine Their Readers

By James G. Robinson, writing for the Columbia Journalism Review: A central irony of the newsroom is that while many journalists’ decisions are made with readers in mind, the audiences for their work often remain unfocused, imagined abstractions, built on long-held assumptions, newsroom folklore, and imperfect inference. This is not particular to journalism. Writing, like […]


A Major League Crisis – and How a TV News Producer Attacked it with a Roll of the Dice

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] Cleveland’s getting ready for another turn in the national spotlight with the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star game. There’s a lot of revitalization to show off to national media doing sidebar travelogue pieces on the city. Where else can you find a town celebrating its river’s miraculous recovery 50 years […]


How Best to Convey “Executive Presence” Non-Verbally

By Dan Hill, from Sensory Logic: From U.S. presidents to NFL quarterbacks, I’ve studied their signature facial expressions—looking for the patterns that indicate success. Maybe you weren’t the first choice for the C-suite corner office you now have, but surely you weren’t the 199th overall pick for the job (like the New England Patriot’s Tom Brady). […]


6 Questions on the Power — and Limits — of Litigation Communications

The majority of work referred to Hennes Communications comes from attorneys, who are often “first responders” when bad things happen to good companies and organizations.  Subsequently, we’re often retained by the attorney or law firm in order to help assist them in preparation for trial.  It’s called “litigation communications” and here’s a great piece on […]


Criminalizing the Boardroom: A Communications Guidebook for Prosecutorial Targets

From our friend and colleague, Richard Levick: It took half a year and dozens of interviews with former prosecutors, defense lawyers, the falsely accused, and those who served time and resulted in two series in Forbes and the Corporate Counsel Business Journal. It is soon to be the source of multiple broadcasts and another comprehensive piece in a board […]


The Day TV Journalism Died

By Arthur Solomon, writing for CommPro: We soon will be approaching June 1, the birthday of the death of TV journalism. And Americans who care about truthful, factual, accurate news should still be in mourning. People who grew up during the age of cable news might not know that once upon a time, TV journalism […]


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