Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism / Edition 1

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Discover a new, strategic brand of corporate communication that cuts through today's Dilbert-esque cynicism to engage workforces, manage constant change, and align organizations. In Beyond Spin, three experts detail the techniques of corporate journalism—an ingenious communications model that hinges on open, accurate, and strategically weighted reporting inside a corporation. With practical guidelines and real-world examples from SGI, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, and other corporations, Beyond Spin helps you equip your company with this powerful new standard of communication—one that makes the most of every communications vehicle to keep your company aligned, nimble, innovative, and fiercely competitive.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book shows how to do 'corporate journalism' with sensitivity, realism and humor. It delivers a tone of practical hope, including specific actions you can take right now to make your company a better place and a better space." —Robert Johansen, president, Institute for the Future

"Finally, a precise step-by-step guide for America's flacks that explains how to do business better—and surprise—by telling the truth. This timely book should be on every CEO's desk and in every corporate PR department." —Peter Laufer, author and producer, Omnipoint Business Minute radio feature, and former German correspondent for Public Radio International's (PRI) Marketplace

"Beyond Spin shatters long held and traditional views about how a successful company communicates with its employees. It defines, with real examples, how a company's communication organization can either dramatically undermine or bolster its success." —Tamar Elkeles, vice president, Learning and Communications, Qualcomm

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787945503
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/22/1999
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

MARKOS KOUNALAKIS, a veteran print and network broadcast journalist, has covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological, and written for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton (1993) and lives in San Francisco. email: DREW BANKS, SGI's director of employee communications and integrated performance support, has blAnded his engineering, arts, and business background to architect technology solutions that enable human potential. Drew speaks regularly at professional forums on various intranet-related topics. He lives in San Francisco. email: KIM DAUS, a former newspaper and magazine publisher, manages worldwide intranet operations and communications strategies at SGI, including Junction, the company's intranet portal site. She speaks internationally on topics such as communication strategies, intranet development, and knowledge management. She lives in Sausalito, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface: The Power of Strategic Corporate Jounalism Prelude: "Headless Body in Topless Boardroom!"
1. THE NEW WORLD Taylorism Macro Sociotechnological Factors Summary
2. COMMUNICATIONS UNPLUGGED Aligned Communications Elements of an Effective Organizational Communication Strategy Considering the Organizational Landscape Summary
3. JOURNALISM IN THE REAL WORLD Why Journalism? Get It First—But Get It Right Openness and a Free Press Weighing News Value Intrinsic Credibility Challenges Corporations Resemble Socity
4. STRATEGIC CORPORATE JOURNALISM Timeliness Accuracy Free Press Weighing News Value The New Corporation Strategic Corporate Journalism
5. CORPORATE JOUNALISM IN ACTION Brief History Examples of Corporate Journalism Progress—and Room to Grow
6. CORPORATE JOURNALISM: A CASE STUDY Stages in the History of SGI (formerly Silicon Graphics) Endnotes: Worldwide Employee Communications FAQ
7. FUTURE WORLD Macro Sociotechnological Trends The Knowledge Economy Communications Trends Legal Trends Societal Journalism and Strategic Corporate Journalism Some Closing Thoughts
Appendix 1: A Guide to Corporate Journalism Appendix 2. Glossary
References The Authors Acknowledgements Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2002

    Highly Recommended!

    In a world overloaded with spin, the only way to cut through the bull is with the truth. So say the authors of Beyond Spin, which advises executives to allow their corporate communications staff to act as internal investigative journalists. The authors maintain that only by revealing the truth within your organization can you hope to guide the flow of information about and around your company in the digital era. Although many executives might find these concepts unworkable, we from getAbstract highly recommend this example-filled look for its fresh perspective on corporate communications.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    Beyond Spin, Spins Off the Mark

    <p>The goal of <I>Beyond Spin</I> is to introduce the aspects of true journalism into the corporate communications structure. The authors however skilled they may be in corporate communications have written a book that few can relate to.</p> <p>The book clearly targets huge companies with massive budgets and a penchant for marketing. Most high-tech companies however are engineering driven and prefer to devote resources to hiring another code-jockey over hiring another spin doctor. I can¿t see the average company hiring an ¿Executive Beat Writer¿ when many companies don¿t even know what a Marketing Communications Director is.</p> <p>If you¿re in the Communications Department of a Fortune 500 Company, and have a multi-million dollar budget, buy this book. If you are still trying to get a fledgling communications strategy in place, this won¿t help.</p> <p>Overall a marginally interesting read, but too narrow a focus for broad appeal.</p>

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