The students who take my Media Writing course at Marquette University begin each semester by taking an A.P. Stylebook quiz. This open-book exercise is oftentimes their first introduction to A.P. Style, and usually leads to a discussion of, “Does A.P. Style still matter?” Of course, my response is, “Darn right!” (or words to that affect) Continue reading
USO Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of US Armed Forces personnel and their families who reside or pass through Wisconsin. By expanding their programs and building new centers, USO Wisconsin had more than 56,000 program participants in 2015 through programs at Christmas, deployments and unit events. Continue reading
Take a breath…before summer’s gone
When I worked as a Press Officer with the U.S. Olympic Committee nearly 20 years ago, I used to make a “pact” with my fellow officers. It was simple: for the two weeks or so that we were working the event (Olympic Games, Pan American Games, etc.), we vowed – as much as possible – to focus on and simply appreciate and enjoy the event we were working, trying our best to eliminate the outside world. Continue reading
If I had a magic wand, I would make sure no new communication tools were created/invented for the next six months. Continue reading
In today’s marketplace, the demand for immediate contribution is high. Companies are always wise to take their time in making the right hire. No one wants to waste resources training a staff person that may not work out because they don’t have the right aptitude for the position, or because they simply don’t fit the culture of the organization they are joining. Both elements deserve equal weight in consideration.