Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Media talk

A couple of good stories this morning about the print and broadcast media:

  • Washington Post media critic Howie Kurtz writes about the moribund state of the newspapers. His thesis:  The industry is looking for an answer, but in the end there might not be one ...  In the "free content" world, there might not be a place for paid newspapers, or at least the print version. Some (including myself) have suggested that most newspapers will transition to on-line only (and with fewer features and investigations), and that 'citizen journalism' will have to make up the difference. Clearly, not everyone agrees with that:

If you don't have people out working as full-time reporters, there's this category of information that's not going to appear magically out of nowhere," said Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia University's School of Journalism, who argues that papers made a mistake by giving away their wares online. "In a world where all content is free, original newsgathering doesn't happen. We really need to face up to the fact that this is going to be lost.

  • Tim Arrango, formerly of the New York Post and now with the New York Times, writes about the struggles of broadcast TV to retain eyeballs and turn profits.  NBC President Jeff Zucker thinks the model is in serious trouble:

Broadcast television is in a time of tremendous transition, and if we don’t attempt to change the model now, we could be in danger of becoming the automobile industry or the newspaper industry.

Very true, but in an odd way it could mean good news for PR people.  Arrango points out that it's more profitable for the networks to develop "cheap" programming (ie talk shows) for prime-time, rather than invest in expensive dramas.  Case in point:

NBC’s decision to move Jay Leno to a Monday-through-Friday slot at 10 p.m. eliminates the chance of the network developing another “ER” for that hour, but it will save the network tens of millions of dollars. 

  • And a rare positive story about the newspaper industry.  Miguel Helft, the beat reporter covering Yahoo for the New York Times, reports that some newspapers are seeing a spike in revenue thanks to an innovative partnership with Yahoo.  It's too early to tell if this is the answer, but perhaps it's a piece to the puzzle to keep newspapers from extinction.

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