Dateline: Jeanne Browne (aka MizB)
Jeanne Browne (aka MizB) writes the blog “MizB Views From the Tower,” which focuses on contemporary culture, politics, media, major social issues and language; the Blogcritics Feature "NewsWire," an ongoing critique of TV news in all its forms; and occasional other BC articles, primarily in Politics and Culture. She is a lifelong "news junkie" and armchair media analyst who seeks to balance objectivity with being a lifelong Liberal (sans political correctness), activist, and advocate for progressive social change.
A 35-year-veteran p.r./business communications writer, Ms. Browne was an Instructor of Writing in NYU's School of Continuing Education and maintained a freelance editorial services business for 11 years after 20 years in senior staff positions in p.r. agencies, media, and non-profit organizations. Her specialties were TV (primarily PBS and HBO), civil society & non-profit, and arts, entertainment & special events.
Ms. Browne has interviewed hundreds of media and business executives; journalists (including Walter Cronkite and Jim Lehrer); documentary producers (including Ken Burns, Hedrick Smith, Ric Burns, Susan Lacy, and David Attenborough); and music and theater producers, directors, and performers. She was the editor of American Showcase Inc.’s first five annual editions of the advertising sourcebook, “New Media Showcase” and is the co-author of “Something Pressing: A Guide to Public Relations For the Video & Filmmaker” (© Media Alliance, Inc., 1988).
The 2010 duPont-Columbia Awards are an encouraging reminder that broadcast media can be really great – when it really tries.
The cable news channels should start giving us less of the horror and more discussion of Haiti’s past and future.
The brouhaha over Harry Reid’s “racist” remark is further proof that we’ve yet to confront the realities of race in America.
A lifelong media watcher and fat person contemplates TV news' latest mis-coverage of an obesity story.
An off-year election and a new HBO documentary about the Obama Campaign can’t help but give us pause about our President.
A smoker asserts that the side effects of smoking cessation are more lethal than smoking itself.
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary was a seminal part of a still-resounding if bygone era.
Labor Day, the West Indian Day Parade, speeches by the president, bells tolling again for 9/11: what a week!
When you’re not working, life isn’t only difficult, it’s embarrassing.
Michael Jackson’s funeral more than two months after his death is more than anti-climactic; it’s creepy.