Daily Dozen – Women I’ve Worked With

Two days without Daily Dozen sets. That’s not good. Yesterday I considered taking a hiatus but I like doing this too much to stop. What I need to do is prep sets so that when I am slammed I can still post. Some time I’ll try to do that. The thing is this is a pretty organic project. I like sitting down in the mornings to think about what I should include and so doing a batch at once feels unnatural.

When I started thinking about what to do today I was going to do men I’ve worked with; but then I realize that the last set was also of men and decided to go with women I’ve worked with. Being in PR means most of my colleagues over the years have been women so there were plenty of faces to choose from. I’ve been working for more than 20 years now but only photographing faces since 2008 so this is a pretty incomplete set. Of course even if I had taken one per year I’d have too many for a set so I suppose it all works out. There are a few photos from before 2008. It’s not as though I never took pictures, just not so many and few of faces. I hope you enjoy today’s faces. I liked (and in some cases currently like) working with these people.

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Sharon @ work
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PR and the future of news

There’s been a lot of talk lately of the future of the news.  In the past two days there have been two stories on how PR and corporate communications might play a role.  Today’s story was “Pepsi sees a chance to fill newspaper’s void“.

This – and another story yesterday on PR people becoming investigative journalists – are both interesting.  But they’re also both a little inane.  I am a big advocate for companies to create content and to go straight to the consumer – but that doesn’t equal filling the void of newspapers or being journalists.  Corporate communication organizations aren’t objective news sources – and nor are PR people disinterested observers.  (Not that the traditional media is always objective of course.)

The other problem with this idea is that there are some important stories that either a) are not terribly interesting or sexy (but which still need to see the light of day or b) organizations don’t want out there and so they will stonewall eager PR people looking to expose their dark secrets.

While ink on paper might be going away, reporting isn’t and there are plenty of people doing totally great work telling stories that need to be told in new ways.  Global Voices is an example of blog aggregation used to share news from around the world, Global Post combines professional journalists and bloggers to present news from around the world; there’s also Now Public which is crowd sourced news and finally sources like Breaking News Online which seemingly have reporters providing real-time updates.

These all stand a chance of become the future of reporting – and I hope that will be the case.

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