To those of you eager to read more blog posts here (this is blog #150!), and news on ThePhillyFiles.com, Iâ€™m temporarily sorry. No, I havenâ€™t been sitting around, doing nothing. Iâ€™ve been coming up with new ideas for sections and on a separate note, going out trying to make a living. This is the email … Continue reading Havenâ€™t been in touch for a while. This is partly the reason.
The phrase â€œDigital Firstâ€ is nothing new. Managers in TV station news departments have been saying it for years, but they really hadnâ€™t practiced what it means. Years ago, news directors thought viewers getting information sooner would not feel the need to watch TV newscasts, which was where the money was made and so was … Continue reading Adding my own few points to Nexstarâ€™s â€˜Digital Firstâ€™ strategy
THANK YOU to the two new followers from over the past week, bringing the total up to 116. I hope you like what you read, or at least feel strongly enough to comment. I donâ€™t think people realize thereâ€™s something in it for them! Go back over previous posts and youâ€™ll see the subjects Iâ€™ve … Continue reading Control of the media after the mosque attacks in New Zealand
If you want to do something well, watch someone else do it. Thatâ€™s the way to improve in most skills in life. Thatâ€™s one reason I read Scott Jonesâ€™ blog, FTVLive.com. Say what you want about him or his spelling, but heâ€™s usually right on the money when it comes to facts, and wonâ€™t make … Continue reading Reports: Nexstar says no to WPIX-NY, WSFL-Miami
Itâ€™s always good to be remembered, and hopefully being your last new yearâ€™s message of the year will keep some of my thoughts on your minds. (Iâ€™d be embarrassed to post something like this more than a week late, even by a few minutes!) Let me start with the most important: that I became an … Continue reading Odds, ends and new beginnings
THANK YOU! I donâ€™t know what else to say. Thereâ€™s nothing special about hitting 20,000 blog page views except that itâ€™s a big round number. The blog is a hobby and will be four years old next month. Itâ€™s just a way for me to practice writing, learn better use of the web in blog … Continue reading Blogging better in 2019 after hitting 20,000 views in 2018
I donâ€™t remember a seven-day period like the time since last Saturday. Thatâ€™s when I woke up, turned on the TV, and saw what was happening in Pittsburgh. I got very angry and couldnâ€™t stand to hear anything about it after two hours. It took until Wednesday for the anger to turn to sadness. I … Continue reading Difficult week, from anger to sadness, as election approaches
Today, I found out some news about someone who went to school with me, pretty much since kindergarten. In fact, I think he lived two blocks away. I probably havenâ€™t seen him since junior high, which is what we called middle school in those days. He was very smart and probably couldâ€™ve done anything. Eventually, … Continue reading Thinking about teacherâ€™s child porn trouble and my old schoolâ€™s website
Itâ€™s a happy moment at CohenConnect.com. (Online definition of moment: â€œa very brief period of time.â€ The italics are mine.) Septemberâ€™s blog numbers were high with more than a thousand views, despite the fact I only published four posts. (I know. I have to do better on that. And I canâ€™t complain about the time, but … Continue reading News starting out good but going downhill fast
Sometimes I see or hear something so stupid, I lose control and have to call it out right away. Thatâ€™s especially true when it comes from somebody who makes herself seem like some sort of expert on a topic. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. I woke up to a lot of emails, as … Continue reading Stupid, stupid, stupid!
I try not to go more than a week without posting something. Unfortunately, it has been 11 days dues to holidays that wonâ€™t be letting up anytime soon, and also my IT support specialist classes. (Last night, I finished Course 2, Week 1, out of 5 courses.) I just donâ€™t like blogs that give a … Continue reading Eric Trump and his shekels
I donâ€™t know, but Iâ€™m pretty sure youâ€™ve had a busy week, between getting used to having your kids in school or planning what to do on this long holiday weekend. Sorry for the folks in â€œsunny Floridaâ€ with plans ruined while dealing with Tropical Storm Gordon. (But you're welcome for this souvenir to help … Continue reading Labor Day weekend leftovers
There are just 69 days until the midterm elections (for those of you who really explored all around this all-around great blog to see what's new and what it has offered for so long, like relevant countdowns) and Florida held its primary yesterday. The ballot was packed and perhaps the biggest race was for Democratic … Continue reading Ron DeSantis didnâ€™t learn from Roseanne Barr
Itâ€™s either coincidence, karma or a higher power when things come together in ways previously thought impossible. This weekend, Jewish people around the world read the Torah portion Shofetim (×©Ö¹××¤Ö°×˜Ö´×™×, or â€œJudges,â€ comprising Deuteronomy 16:18â€“21:9). The best-known line in it is the third, â€œJustice, justice shall you pursueâ€ (×¦Ö¶Ö¥×“Ö¶×§ ×¦Ö¶Ö–×“Ö¶×§ ×ªÖ¼Ö´×¨Ö°×“Ö¼Ö‘Ö¹×£, Deut. 16:20). Shofetim also … Continue reading Sanctions against Sinclair? Sounds justified
Itâ€™s a great day in broadcasting, or as great as things can get in this day and age. There will be no merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. Today, according to Axios, Tribune announced it â€œterminated its $3.9 billion merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcasting and that it has filed a lawsuit for breach … Continue reading Tribune to Sinclair: Judge’s gavel instead of merger’s handshake
Thereâ€™s something to be said for waiting before starting to write. Thatâ€™s not my nature. I want to get things out first. I type very well but nobody can do it as quickly as my brain, so I often dictate into a phone and email myself. Then, I make any corrections and additions, and create … Continue reading Sinclair sinks, Trumpâ€™s temper, Coxâ€™s cash value
This was starting to get a little hard to keep track of, and I wrote most of this last night. Good thing I waited to publish, because I had to really rewrite today! Itâ€™s looking like the big media merger Iâ€™ve been writing about so frequently may not happen! Even better, it looks like one … Continue reading Big merger, big problem, big surprise!
NOTE: Shortly before publishing, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he'll retire effective July 31. According to Axios, that'll give President Donald Trump â€œa chance to pull the court significantly to the right for decades to come. This is seismic â€” for politics as a whole, for the court and, ultimately, for the millions of Americans … Continue reading The necessity of public unions, now no chance for compromise
Who wouldâ€™ve thought of me as some type of music expert? Definitely not anybody who knows me! Iâ€™ve been planning this blog for a little while and the lyrics immediately came to my mind as the headline. (Of course, Iâ€™ve never heard of Five Man Electrical Band. They sang Signs in 1971.) Itâ€™s actually pretty … Continue reading Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
I donâ€™t know why TV stations (and networks) allow mistakes to remain without corrections but itâ€™s certainly a disservice to viewers and readers. One could also say Fake News and fraud. Perhaps the Federal Communications Commission needs to get involved to keep them in line. Local stations use the public airwaves, are licensed to serve … Continue reading Where have you gone, Sasha Savitsky?
I hate lazy people (and stupid ones, but thatâ€™s a blog for another time). I can understand being sick. Last year, I showed up to work sick for three weeks since I wasn't contagious and learned two lessons. First, I wasn't appreciated and second, going to the doctor instead of assuming the bug would go … Continue reading The lousiness of laziness and liars
First, I want to thank you for all your reading. This is my 99th blogÂ and so far there have been more than 14,100 page views. Dozens of you are reading and clicking more than once, even when I don't post anything, and the numbers have really been going up. Reading above what's above would good … Continue reading Follow-Up Friday, plus David Hogg defeats Publix
There's never a good time to write a story like this. We know there has been a school shooting in Texas, apparently between Houston and Galveston, and at least eight people have been killed. It's a tragedy. We can blame security, gun laws, the National Rifle Association, and so on. That's not my point right … Continue reading It happened again, and again
I donâ€™t know about you but yesterday, I couldnâ€™t stop â€œhearingâ€ about what the people who listened to a certain audio file heard. Most insisted it was one thing: just not the same thing. That became the Yanny-Laurel debate. What you think you heard became the side you were on. Sometimes listeners even switched teams. … Continue reading Forget Laurel and Yanny. Did Cecily call Adam a moron?
I hope youâ€™ve had a terrific Tuesday! I have a few thoughts (just a few) I figured Iâ€™d get out today. This morning, Axios reported several news websites â€œlaunched new paywalls within the past year.â€ Sorry! (But not this one.) It namedÂ Bloomberg,Â Vanity Fair, Wired,Â Business InsiderÂ andÂ The Atlantic, and added, â€œLegacy institutions likeÂ The New York Times,Â The Wall … Continue reading Paying for news, one candidate’s free airtime and asking for your comments
I've avoided writing much about Sinclair Broadcast Group trying to buy Tribune Media because Iâ€™ve been busy and I don't want to jinx any possibility the merger will fall through. But there has been some news, and the biggest for a local TV market could be Miami/Fort Lauderdale (of course!). Youâ€™ll remember, one of the … Continue reading Media mega-merger may be moving closer, impacting Miami
This is my 90th blog post and like most journalists, I identify mistakes all over and somehow -- often through publicity -- try to get them fixed. But not on this milestone. There's too much good to write about. I also want to point out the page CohenConnect Headlines Sitemap has a list of all the blog … Continue reading Who says everything I write is negative (but correct)?
Industry leadersÂ have been meeting in Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters ShowÂ and Adam Symson, president-CEO of the E.W. Scripps Co., made an interesting comparison between broadcast and digital. â€œBroadcasting has been traditionally a very protected business â€” protected by regulation and economically protected because not everybody could have a television station in a … Continue reading Syria, Gaza and the FCC chair babying broadcasters
Tragic story. Heartbreaking. The victims put their lives on the line and lost them, just to protect us. And reports of it were made even worse because certain people at one victim's local TV station don't know the location is HuntingDon Valley -- not HuntingTon Valley -- and it's right in their backyard, in Montgomery … Continue reading How long until local news people figure out local locations?
Listen to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJbGCZuB0rM&feature=youtu.be Ever heard anything so absurd? Itâ€™s not â€œFollow the Leaderâ€ because there is no leader. There are local TV news anchors. I donâ€™t think one of them wants to be on the air reciting the crap their corporate bosses ordered them to do. Not even their managers on the job site. … Continue reading My urge: Follow your conscience, despite the cost
It's nice when Americans exercise their First Amendment rights (freedom ofÂ religion, speech, the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances) with good intentions, and that should be encouraged. Last Saturday, many in the country were shocked afterÂ March for Our Lives rallies were … Continue reading Tiffany Trump’s trouble, what unions could do to Amazon and the media
There are two big changes in weather:Â The snow has stopped and The Weather Channel is being sold. Also, you can say the owner is a real person for two more reasons: The new owner is not a partnership between three corporations, like in the past â€“ and he was one of the stars of the … Continue reading The Weather Channel’s new owner, a real controversial person
They havenâ€™t been â€œFair and Balancedâ€ in a while but stating Monday, Fox News will be marketing itself as â€œReal News. Real Honest Opinion.â€ Yesterday, Ad Age magazine made the announcement. Itâ€™ll start with Foxâ€™s own properties and then perhaps go elsewhere. The change follows the huge â€œrevelation of sexual harassment allegationsâ€ that got Fox … Continue reading Fox News: Really â€˜Real News. Real Honest Opinionâ€™?
First, I want to go thank and apologize to everyone who read my last post. It was way too long. Yes, it contained what I think was good information on several subjects. It happened to be on a snow day and I had nothing better to do then let out some of what I was … Continue reading Call to action: Help stop Sinclair from taking over Tribune
OK, I may be a day late (and Iâ€™m definitely a dollar short, these days), but I read three articles on jobs, yesterday morning -- on companies we all know -- and they were a whole lot different when I read between the lines. First, Yahoo reported in â€œDollar Stores hammered by Trump proposal to … Continue reading Your JOB is to read well past the headline
Two articles got my attention as I recover, tonight. You'll remember yesterday, I couldn't read or even think. Now, look how far I've come -- and for how many hours! The first, called How Facebook Can Grow Its Media 'Likes'Â by Harry A. Jessell on TVNewsCheck continues the discussion I wrote on Rupert Murdoch saying Mark … Continue reading Facebook, Twitter, and Fox (Fox x 14)!
Time for the obvious, yet again. News organizations post their news on Facebook and other social media sites. Those articles, videos, slideshows, etc. also get picked up on search sites like Google, Yahoo and Bing (Microsoft). If they use the correct SEOs (Search Engine Optimization words) and have a little luck (or pay a … Continue reading Don’t post your content on Facebook if you don’t want readers getting it for free!
Last night, I did something I rarely do: open a Facebook post to the public, rather than just friends. Today, I'm blogging about the online battle that followed, something I hadn't planned to do. The story was about one of the hosts of a show on the DIY Network -- part of Scripps Networks Interactive … Continue reading Sad stereotypes too strong to silence (for now)
By now, I'm sure you realize I'm a fan of the underdog. Fly, Philadelphia Eagles, fly! I also strongly believe in holding people in high positions accountable for their acts, even off the clock. Canâ€™t deny that after the recent string of sexual harassment allegations and confessions from some of the smartest and most talented people in … Continue reading The rights of TV station owners vs. the public
I got up extremely early this morning to take Pedro to work, since he didnâ€™t get the holiday off. Soon after getting home, I noticed my Facebook friend Mark Segal -- founder, owner and publisher of the renowned Philadelphia Gay News -- had posted his column from last week. I'm two weeks behind in reading. … Continue reading More details on Israel after the gay paper
Most of you know I was a web producer for the Fox station in Philadelphia, but fewer of you know I haven't worked there since last August. The reasons are still to be discussed, and probably won't be public. However, I've come across some interesting and incorrect content from that station while working on my … Continue reading The news where I used to work: Unbelievable!
No waiting until Christmas on Monday. Comcast, you obviously consider yourself too powerful. Today, your hard-earned rate hikes take effect. Santa says you've been such a good company this year, only getting me concerned and wasting my time by forgetting when my Xfinity introductory offer ends. Does anyone reading this have suggestions for me for … Continue reading Today, Merry Christmas to Comcast! You’re welcome!
It seems every day in the news, I read about another powerful man resigning, taking time off from a high-profile job, or under police investigation for inappropriate sexual conduct. The stories just keep coming, or the allegations against the men simply increase. CNN offered a list of recent cases more than a week ago, on … Continue reading What is conscience? Elusive in the media, unfortunately
Every situation is different, but death always seems to be a hard topic. We could be talking about a close relative, an acquaintance from years ago, a pet, or a famous person. How people respond is unique and usually understandable. Usually. And I will say it. Tom Pettyâ€™s younger daughter seems to be an exception. … Continue reading Disgraceful daughter
I don't get shocked too much anymore. Maybe that's from age, or having done a lot of things in a lot of places. Maybe itâ€™s from having been in the news and teaching fields, where you see and experience a lot. But going through the weekly ads this week got me. I've never seen â€œnon-Kosherâ€ … Continue reading Beating Welchâ€™s un-kosher coupon policy
ThisÂ is my first blog in several months, and only my second since arriving back in Philadelphia. The first was shortly after my return, so it has been way too long. Thatâ€™s why I'm happy the articleÂ Let Me Tell You How â€˜The Mediaâ€™ Really Works... really got me thinking and helped me gather my thoughts, some … Continue reading The media: Certainly imperfect, definitely necessary and trying
Yes, you read correctly! Iâ€™m headed back after more than 12 years. I didn't really think it was going to happen, especially considering the roller coaster my life has been over the past several years. I left Philadelphia for family issues back in 2004. Got a good deal on my house. (But would've never expected … Continue reading Moving back to Philly!
It's a big day in Cohen Country. I posted my first blog one year ago today. A year ago, I was living in Florida, deciding what I wanted to do with my life (and not much else). I wanted to go back to doing news on the web and had considered blogging. I hoped it … Continue reading One blogging year in review
I love being back in news. Sure, the hours are long, especially when you donâ€™t have a boss. (My new one starts November 30th). But obviously itâ€™s true when news breaks. Friday, I was coming off a tough week. Again, no boss. Demands from the sales and weather departments. Plus, lots of plans, work, and … Continue reading Past time to stop terror once and for all, not necessarily for the French
When you've watched a daily TV show on and off for 20 years, even very rarely recently because work gets in the way, it becomes part of your life. There's no getting around that. So when I found out several members of the Days of our Lives cast were going to be two hours away, … Continue reading A great ‘day’ in Lenny’s ‘life’
I had a long and hard day, and accomplished a lot... including my second blog in 2 days! But don't expect a daily dose of Lenny. Actually, you can (just not on this blog), and Iâ€™ll get to that in a moment. I'm getting my act together with this blog and realize not every post … Continue reading Lots of Lenny on the Web
I haven't posted anything in about 3 weeks. (I also havenâ€™t heard from you asking for a post. Unbelievable! Whatâ€™s up with that?) I havenâ€™t been relaxing at the beach. Been doing plenty of writing. Just very busy at work and home. My parentsâ€™ visit has come and gone. Went very well. Wasn't sure for … Continue reading Odds & ends from 3 weeks
This is my 22nd blog. I hope youâ€™ve enjoyed them as much as Iâ€™ve enjoyed writing them. I didnâ€™t think I could come up with so much material. I was thinking last weekâ€™s edition wouldâ€™ve been a review, an update, because I had 20 previous under my belt and so much has changed since I … Continue reading Lots of updates in a few short months
Spring is often thought of as a time of renewal, the first season. Iâ€™ve had some firsts over the past week or so. Starting at home for a change, I can walk to back of the den without having to step over a box, for the first time. Itâ€™s a major accomplishment and Iâ€™m very … Continue reading A week of firsts
I'm noticing a trend, that a lot of my blogs have to do with work. That's not surprising because most of my waking hours are spent at work. There have been lots of accomplishments: getting video on the Web, a better understanding of what this market is interested in on social media, live streaming of … Continue reading Taking things a lot too seriously?
Following up on yesterday's post, my computer is not hooked up. I thought it would be, but the movers kept bringing in more and more boxes, so it may be a little while. No big deal. It's good to be using the laptop on a desk, rather than the floor or a box. The movers … Continue reading Getting settled at work
Breaking news! Literally! Sound the alarm! Roll the animation! Shine the blue lights! Right now, as Iâ€™m writing this planned blog post, NBC News has announced itâ€™s suspending Nightly NewsÂ anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without his pay of $10 million a year. The memo from NBC News president Deborah Turness said in part: â€œBrian … Continue reading The news about Brian Williams, according to me