Teaching the 1964 Civil Rights Act at NU

In summer 2014, I led a group of Medill graduate students in tracing the steps of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to uncover what is unfinished, what worked and what new problems our nation must confront. I directed the summer capstone and developed a curriculum with a team of veteran Northwestern University professors/journalists. The students,…

Consulting: Nielsen Knows …

I consulted with The Nielsen Company to leverage their rich data and intelligence around consumer habits by crafting accessible messages for company spokespersons.

Messaging: Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

As a consultant, I have worked with organizations and individuals to support their communications needs, including Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (GOH). In the Chicago-region, there is a great need for minority organ donors, and I have teamed up to organize and promote donor drives and messaging campaigns to accomplish this goal….

Audience development: Otherwise known as Fluff

OK, but seriously, Reader media critic Mike Miner called to make fun of Fluff , the Sun-Times and me for doing something publishers do all the time: Launch profitable titles that satisfy reader appetites. In addition to developing Fluff, I had spent the previous three years incubating Controversy, a Sunday analysis section in the Sun-Times….

Sun-Times: Panoramic storytelling

During my tenure at the Sun-Times, I was a leader in nontraditional story telling. Here, features writer Misha Davenport, executed my idea to tell the story of the scenery of a restaurant or theater set. As journalists, reviewers and critics don’t give much space to the atmospherics that contribute to a production. In this we,…

Body & More: A concept

Body & More was born in 1999 when Thomson Target Media, a division of Thomson Newspapers decided to rebrand a syndicated titled known as HealthFile. As editorial director of the health and fitness platform of this Chicago-based niche publisher, I developed the name after several months effort on the part of our product team and…

WSJ covers ‘Red’ war

Media & Marketing Chicago Dailies Duke It Out In Battle for Young Readers By Shirley Leung Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal Updated Oct. 31, 2002 12:01 a.m. ET CHICAGO — The hottest new rivalry in journalism has just, like, rolled off the presses. Not one, but two new daily newspapers — RedEye and Red…

Chicago’s millennium newspaper war

RedEye, Red Streak go nose-to-nose Flash and sass as papers court the MTV crowd October 31, 2002 | By Jim Kirk and H. Gregory Meyer, Tribune staff reporters. Nosheen Rathore read the back page of the new Red Streak tabloid and liked the entertainment news and gossip. “I thought it was interesting–the one about Courtney…

Chicago Reader: You Get What You Pay For

By Mike Miner Everyone pitches in at the Sun-Times. Take Deborah Douglas. Her voice mail identifies her as deputy features editor and director of the library. But I was calling to discuss Red Streak, and when I reached her she assumed I had questions about Fluff. She’s in charge of both these helium-filled products. She…