The (Not So) Slow Demise of Old Media

Understanding the perks and pitfalls of old media’s decline.

As a former reporter and editor, and now media consultant, I have watched with great interest (and sadness) as the media have slowly crumbled in recent years. Thousands of print and broadcast reporters have lost their jobs, dozens of newspapers and magazines have folded, many more have stopped printing seven days a week. For sure the economy is to blame, but it’s not the whole story. I argue that the economy has just expedited the current state of the media….but that’s another story.


But, it’s not ALL bad news, especially for you. The down economy may be dominating the news, but it is also having a major impact on the news business itself. And that means good news for you. Now is actually a great time to use the media to communicate your message. The economy is forcing many newspapers and TV stations to cut their staffs, making it much easier for companies and organizations to get positive stories in print and on the air…if they know how to do it.


But it’s not all good news, smaller newsrooms have led to an increase in easy-to-report and sensationalized crisis-related stories (fires, explosions, fraud, recalls, work-place violence, etc.). Don’t get caught unprepared if that crisis hits your company!


Anthony Huey is President of Reputation Management, LLC, one of the nation’s leading media training, speech coaching and crisis consulting companies.

Where in the World is Anthony?

Just wrapped my last job of the year. Looking forward to getting off the road for a bit. A sincere thank you to all my clients who made this year feel a bit like old times. Going silent for a few weeks. Happy holidays and God bless everyone!

Working the next two days with an Ohio transit authority. Crisis Tip 51: Emergency response plan and crisis communications plan are NOT the same thing. You need both.

Spent the afternoon in Sacramento moderating a fantastic construction manager's annual meeting. Public Relations tip 2: Want reporters to pay attention to your news release? Write more like a journalist, less like a PR person.

Spoke twice today in Columbus. Worked this morning with a State of Ohio agency, and this afternoon with a construction group. Meeting facilitation tip 5: More Variety = More Energy. Mix things up to keep your audience constantly engaged.

Worked this morning with an Ohio-based insurance company. Crisis communications tip 7: Quickly address misinformation and rumors in the early hours of a crisis, or risk losing control of the narrative.

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