The Bob Blog Returns

So after nearly 6 years, I’m returning to my blog to share thoughts and reflections on the practice and profession of public relations.
In the intervening years I have gained much experience at many levels and hope to share those experiences and reflections with those who chose to inflict this blog on themselves.
So, look for more from this blog on a weekly basis, sometimes once — sometimes more often as time and thought suggests and allows.
A word about the new banner photo: I took this picture along the Chobe River in Botswana in 2016 while on a photo safari. Not only is it a magnificent shot (if I say so myself!), but is symbolizes to me the¬†light public relations can and must shed on issues and ideas in our modern world. And that’s where I’ll be taking this blog in the future.
Join me along the way.

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Stress Test

So a new study is out ranking the top 50 cities in the U.S. according to the stress experienced by residents. No surprise, Detroit is on top of the stress list. Closely followed by Los Angeles and Cleveland.

Many factors were compiled to create this list. I suppose one could argue (and some will) over these criteria, but they seem as valid to me as any other set of criteria: Poverty, unemployment, pollution, commute time, income, etc.

Best cities for stress include Salt Lake City (lowest homicide rate in the nation and short commute times), Virginia Beach/Norfolk and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

My home city, Indianapolis, ranks right in the middle, number 27 of the 50. Not bad. We must be doing something right. At least we are not up there with Detroit.

It also suggests that Indianapolis city leaders continue to make good decisions about our city and the quality of life it affords those of us who live and work here. Congratulations Indianapolis.

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Going Digital

As most of you know, the AP Stylebook, the standard for journalists, has been available online for a number of years. In fact, most I know only use the online version today. The print version is still available, of course, but with 500 changes a year being posted online, how can a print publication possibly serve any more?!

In fact, at the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI we require our students to subscribe to AP Online rather than purchase a book. It not only is far more effective and timely, it turns out to be cheaper in the long run.

So today comes the speculation, probably correct, that the hoary Oxford Dictionary from Oxford University Press will likely go digital next year (2011). And it may not, unlike the AP Stylebook, be produced in print at all!

So it really begs the question, again, why anything is produced on paper. Or, as one colleague remarks, “dead tree material.” Clearly there is still room for selected print publications. They have a presence that online does not. However….

With the launching of the iPad and others coming available, it is certainly clear that “Dead tree” publications are a thing of the past. Barnes & Noble and Amazon are already selling more digital product than print. And this is going to happen quickly.

What do you think? How much longer will it take until everything is digital?