Representative Speeches

I’m one of 23 Americans with a speech chosen for publication in the reference book ‘Representative American Speeches 2004-2005’. Its publishers chose my remarks from the ‘Reinventing the Local TV Station: Ground-Breaking Ideas from Innovative Thinkers’ panel during the Broadcast Education Association’s session at the National Association of Broadcasters annual conference last year.

Kebbel, Spanfeller, and Wohrle in New Posts

Congratulations to Gary Kebbel (left) for being named Journalism Initiatives Program Officer for the the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he’s assigned to identify the people, processes and projects that will advance quality journalism in this century. Kebbel most recently was in charge of content development, strategy and planning at Education Week’s web site,, and before that was news director at America Online when it became the world’s largest online news site. He earlier helped create and, and was a home page editor at He also online journalism at the University of Maryland’s […]

Critical Mention Inc. Closes US$4 Million in Series B Financing

Congratulations to my client Critical Mention Inc. for closing a $4 Million round of Series B financing last month! CIBC Capital Partners, Silicon Alley Venture Partners, Stonehenge Capital, plus other prior investors in Critical Mention, placed the money with the leading online provider of television search and monitoring services. The new financing will be used to expand Critical Mention’s data collection network, increase sales and marketing initiatives and accelerate new product development. Plus, the company plans to expand its client services and account management groups to provide enhanced services to its growing list of more than 300 customers. “In the […]

2006: The Tipping Point

I’m back at my desk for 2006. This will be a pivotal year for the news industry. The tipping point has been reached. Most news broadcasts and printed newspapers and news magazines finally realize that they are, if not yet dying, then dinosaurs in the tar pit. Meanwhile, the many upstarts who hope to replace those dinosaurs will this year be realizing that their solutions (such as just ‘citizen journalism’) are neither as functional or appropriate as they think. Stay tuned for an exciting year. Plus , I’m pleased to be entering my 27th year in the news industry.