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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Are You A Media Outlet?
you a media outlet if you:
radio airtime and create a show?
a newsletter? -Regularly air podcasts on YouTube?
have changed. We tend to think of a
media outlet as something traditional:
radio news program or talk show
TV news program or talk show
magazine published weekly or monthly
also have expanded to online media, including:
dot com side of a traditional media outlet
high-traffic news site like the Huffington Post
often it’s not the format that is important, but rather the size of the media
outlet. Further, is the outlet unbiased
or fair? Is it reporting news or merely
issuing opinions about it? Does it interview experts, report on the news, and practice journalistic standards?
in today’s ideal world we each act as a news outlet, sharing with tribes of
people, who share with their network of connections, who share with others, and
so on and so on.
the old-time media outlets die out, downsize, and dilute their influence, new
media outlets rise up. The world has
increased its ability to communicate, even if it seems like it transmits less
you a media outlet? What responsibility
goes with that? What are you obligated
to do or say—or not do or say? Can you
be seen as a journalist—or are you really not one at all?
hard to find useful, accurate, truthful, and comprehensive information from any
one single source. Due to a lack of
training, standards, ethics, resources, and fairness, few can step up to the
plate and even do a tenth of what The New York Times or Associated Press does. Instead, we have a collection of individuals
who editorialize the news, commenting only on what others report. At best, they are giving analysis, but in
reality, they are just sharing biased opinions on matters that require an
educated journalist to delve into.
when it comes to promoting your book, see everyone as a media outlet. Your benchmark can be low. You just need to reach a certain number of
people who in turn can reach and influence a certain number of people. We want to sell books, brand ourselves, and
influence minds with our messages. No
media outlet is too small or too unprofessional to approach.
there is so much media out there (it seems like everyone is a blogger), we must
work harder and smarter to gather up as many outlets as possible. The one who gets his message heard by more
the end, it doesn’t matter what we define a media outlet to be. It doesn’t matter if your book is reviewed or
you’re interviewed or you write a guest post or an op-ed. It doesn’t matter if your message is heard,
read, or viewed. It doesn’t matter if it
is consumed at home or on the road, day or night, through a device, a piece of
paper, or in person. All that counts is
a simple formula:
many people can you reach and how well did you influence them?
media marketplace is no longer centralized, no longer restricted to a lively
few. But we didn’t get rid of the
gatekeepers. Every day we need to
convince someone to share our message with others. Maybe one day they’ll come to you, asking for
coverage on your Facebook page or blog, for you are the media, too.