HOW WE CAN HELP

Writing, editing and related communications 

 Help for authors and other writers

Government relations consulting

Expert witness testimony

Short-term executive roles

Support for local journalism initiatives

WRITING, EDITING, COMMUNICATIONS

 

Current clients range from financial service firms to local magazines. I take assignments ranging from local feature writing to blog editing to development of communications strategy for complex investment products. I can help you with writing, editing, blog posts, media outreach and more. Because of my years as a journalist, you also can count on fast turnarounds and quality work.

 

HELPING AUTHORS AND OTHER WRITERS

 

I love to help authors. I’ve done everything from conceptual manuscript reviews to line-by-line copy editing. Read my book reviews at BookTrib.com and WindyCityReviews.org to get a sense of how I approach the work of others. I’m always glad to share what I’ve learned (often the hard way) about book marketing and promotion.

 

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CONSULTING

 

As executive director of the Ohio News Media Association I took a sleeves-up approach to government relations. We accomplished great things in an environment that isn’t positive for news media these days and were respected by all sides. Legislation we passed involved open government, public notices and media business issues. I can help your organization with strategy, messaging, issue analysis, testimony drafts and more.

EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY

 

My decades of experience as a reporter, editorial writer, editor, journalism professor, publisher and trade association executive, gives me an unusually strong skill set to qualify as an expert on everything from libel/defamation disputes to business practices involving legal notices. I will give you a clear-eyed view in any analysis or testimony – not just say what you want.

 

MEDIA INDUSTRY CONSULTING

 

My decades in local media have positioned me to support media organizations. I recently helped one of America's largest newspaper groups save thousands of dollars by renegotiating various news service contracts. I've also done webinar workshops for Online Media Campus, written op-ed columns for America's Newspapers and more on subjects as varied as "what makes something worthy," working more effectively with public notice advertisers and supporting legislation to help support local news. 

 

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL JOURNALISM 

 

One of my great passions is doing what I can to make sure local journalism survives and thrives in the coming decades. I’m excited to be a mentor for the non-profit Report for America initiative. Let me know how to help.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE? NEED REFERENCES?

 

I provide these services through a communications consulting organization called "Fresh Angle Communications." I can provide references and more information to support my qualifications in any of these areas. Just ask! Use the contact form on this website or email drhetzel@gmail.com, and I’ll get back to you promptly.

Dennis receives the "Champion of Open Government" award from newly elected Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for his years of advocacy in support of freedom of information.

Gov. John Kasich signs bill into law that created a model process for Ohio citizens to resolve open records disputes. At left, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber.

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