Podcast Produced by Flatlands is On Fire!

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I love it when a good person has good things coming to her. In this case it’s a client of ours at Flatlands Avenue Productions.

We asked Detroit area business consultant Romy Gingras, an expert on running and managing social enterprise companies, if she would like to do a podcast. And, her answer was a cautious yes. She was taught how to use a microphone, how to record interviews on her laptop in person, and using online conferencing services, and listen to that dreadful stuff called criticism. Yup, media training by your friend Rita.

So, here’s this lady who knows so much, and teaches others how to make money while running a business that fulfills a need inside their communities and neighborhoods like; putting women’s shelter residents to work; finding jobs for young men and women who don’t want to go to college; training laborers in skills to rebuild Detroit and the rest of the U.S. infrastructure; creating safe work environments and fresh, organic food in urban areas where the super markets have long ago moved out…and she’s a great student too!(I’m tired just reading this graph.) What’s more is that this lady is on fire. Just today she recorded three new interviews for upcoming podcasts.  I used to call what she’s feeling  a, “radio-buzz.” Now I suppose I should call it “podcasting adrenalin.”

The Bonfires of Social Enterprise is just over a week old and has already been downloaded over 650 times. We’re proud of our great podcasting student, Romy Gingras, of Gingras Global. We’re inspired by her success. We hope you will be too!

Our news release is here> http://bit.ly/RomyRocks. Share the love, will ya?

Please take a listen to the podcast on iTunes and subscribe to it. (You’ll find the link to it in the release) If you’re like me, you’ll be interested in how other Americans are bravely starting their own businesses, making a profit, and doing good.

All my very best as we all countdown to Spring!






Gratitude to Friends; New Friends; Friends I Do Business With and Supporters in 2014

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My business partner Debra Grobman  and I are very thankful that Cherri Senders, the publisher of Labor411.org, is supporting our efforts to spread the word to buy made in USA whenever possible. Our business associate, USAF vet, Alice Fisher, has been a great consultant and resourceful communications pro to us.  Ms. Alice probably will kill me for not asking her to edit this blog entry, but what the heck. Somethings you just want to write without other eyes looking at it first.  We owe so much to her for fixing up and working on the Search Engine Optimization of Patriot-Made Audiocasts.

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We’ve met so many incredible people over the past year.  It’s been truly fascinating. Vishavjit Singh,  o f http://www.sikhtoons.com/ by way of old dear college buddy of mine, (SUNY Buffalo State College) Howie Greene who is all grown up now and works as a real estate broker at Level Group, Inc Real Estate and Professor at Kingsborough Community College, in my beloved Brooklyn, NY.

My machtunim—heavy on the ch (hhh) sound like Juan and Julio (it’s a Yiddish word) aka-brothers-in-law have been very supportive of my business ventures and the company that Debra and I formed called Flatlands Avenue Productions, LLC. Continue reading Gratitude to Friends; New Friends; Friends I Do Business With and Supporters in 2014

Are you Feeling Lucky….Punk?

A friend, yesterday, asked if I heard that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was, “punked.”  What she meant was that a liberal blogger got on the phone with him, pretending to be a conservative fundraiser, recorded the conversation, and then posted it on YouTube.   By now you might have done what I did—listened to the recording, after reading about it on a newspaper’s blog, or the Huffington Post. prank call

My initial reaction to hearing the conversation is that the Governor didn’t repeat the fiery, rhetoric of the man he was conversing with.  The man who pretended to be the conservative used words like “bastards,” and loudly guffawed about the pro-union protesters and union organizers.  The Governor watched his words and demeanor.  He gets points for that.  So, what was the big deal?  The Governor was “guilty” of allegedly saying that his supporters thought about getting “impostors”  or “ringers” to mix with the crowds that have relentlessly staged their sit-ins in Madison.  Thinking about that strategy is one thing.  Deciding it wouldn’t work and not doing it, is another.   Another possible news nugget is that the impostor offered the governor a trip and hospitality.  What person wouldn’t want to accept the generosity of a supporter, as the Governor allegedly did? After all, the offer was made in a private conversation.   Details could be worked out later. Right?  What made this recording  all that news worthy?

Hours later I was reminded that everything you just read is besides the point.

I read on Facebook the postings of the Society of Professional Journalists.  I was reminded that posing as someone you’re not, and recording, without the other party’s knowledge, your conversation, isn’t ethical, let alone legal in some jurisdictions.  Now, you may ask, if the Governor and his cronies were thinking about crossing the line of ethics, by bringing “ringers” into the crowd, to show that the crowds weren’t necessarily united in their cause, why are you writing about the ethics of a blogger, crossing the line of propriety? Well, I’ve been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists for over 25 years.   I might have crossed over to the “dark-side” in the eyes of some journalists by earning a living by pitching the news to reporters, producers and editors, but I still have to keep in mind what is ethical and legal.

It’s not that I’m so righteous.  Amongst my friends and close associates I joke around and I use “saucy” language with the best of them.  I can be blunt and, perhaps, too quick to call somebody a name that resembles a body part.  But, when pitching news, I watch myself.  If I mislead or burn a reporter my career as a publicist, and a trusted source of news, is kaput.

In this age of “citizen journalism,” it’s so nice that SPJ, an organization that I’ve paid dues to, and whose events I’ve attended, is there to remind us that ethics still matter, no matter how entertaining it is to “punk” someone.   Bloggers are increasingly becoming trusted sources of news.  Will somebody tell them that their reputation is kaput should they cross ethical lines?

I think the Society of Professional Journalists just fired a warning shot.