Media’s role in the urban healthcare crisis

Listening to many of my media colleagues, the average reader could easily conclude that the only health care debate worth covering today is the partisan bickering over efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. Washington squabbles aside, there are many more concerning stories about the healthcare challenges in towns…

Starbucks pokes the bear

It’s either an ingenious marketing idea or an epic branding disaster. No matter what side of the Starbucks firestorm you fall on it seems a lot of folks missed the point when the company known for its neighborhood coffee, launched an innocent enough initiative to get people talking about race. Instead of taking it at…

Road Trip: Tulsa, Oklahoma

A recent trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma had me in search of some light and healthy, but still filling fare on a Sunday afternoon. Scouring scores of possibilities and menus online I came across something that piqued my interest called the ‘Detox Burger’ from a place called the Blue Rose Cafe. At first blush my meat-eating…

Media coverage in times of tragedy

In times of tragedy, time is of the essence. This is the case for first responders as well as public information providers (spokespeople and the press). The spokesperson’s role is to gather as much information as it becomes available to provide the most accurate assessment in a timely manner. Duty bound to the agency (or…