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Digital Media: What is Content?

By helen / On July 18, 2016 / In Media Kaleidoscope

Newspapers, magazines and online content on a tablet showing the types of digital media content available

After speaking about “content” one day, a colleague remarked: “I hate that word ‘content! So vanilla. I mean, what does it mean anyway?” Good question. Maybe. There was a time when people simple wrote and that writing took printed or spoken forms. They were authors of books, newspaper reporters, magazine writers or playwrights. Some were […]

You Can’t Teach Curiosity

By helen / On May 3, 2016 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

A Scrabble Board with the word Curiosity and Teach

“You can’t teach curiosity,” I found myself saying to a colleague recently. We were discussing an inexperienced reporter who we wondered if we could help become a good journalist. As a career journalist and communicator, I often meet students and young journalists or consult with managers who either want to improve the quality of their […]

Six Degrees of Hillary Clinton

By helen / On November 10, 2015 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope


I heard an old-style phrase recently in a one-on-one meeting. We had looked at a company website where almost every face of leadership was a man. My colleague commented, “Not for anything, but they need a few more skirts.” Of course, I knew what he meant. “And that’s not all,” I commented, as it was […]

Content Strategy: Reuse & Recycle

By helen / On February 9, 2015 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

You already have great content and plans for more, but how can you get more out of what you’ve already created? Reuse and recycle! When I first started as editor of, the magazine was published eight times a year and then it dropped down to six. Up until then, most of the content on […]

How to create a well-written blog post

By helen / On November 1, 2014 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

You’ve set up a blog. You have a catchy name and great pictures. But now you must write posts regularly–once a day, once a week, one a month. Here are some tips to improve your writing and give it that professional polish. Write it and write it again. You have a great idea for a […]

The Multi-Screen Complex

By helen / On April 10, 2014 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

it seems a million years ago when the discussion of multi-plexes meant only a multiple screen movie theater complex where you watched a movie and bought popcorn. But now multi-screen viewing doesn’t mean choice of screens but how many screens you can view and/or use at the same time. The multiscreen complex is now in […]

Pinterest & Writers Among Us

By helen / On January 1, 2014 / In Media Kaleidoscope, Write Word. Right Time

2014 Note: This Pinterest board is updated regularly! While I was browsing through Pinterest one day, called there by a fun board by my friend Joanne Bamberger called “Binders Full of Women,” I thought it would be fun to create a pin board with my book covers, but then I thought I should add Joanne’s […]

Keeping Moments and Memories Alive

By helen / On January 1, 2013 / In Social Good

As moms, we’re already wired to do all we can to capture memories. We snap first steps, video school plays, document holidays and generally chase after our kids shouting “smile” until our own cheeks hurt. We do this because early on we learn that children are only children for a very short, fleeting period of […]