A year of blogging about PR and Social Media

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Today is my one year anniversary of blogging about public relations and social media trends.
I want to take this opportunity to repost some of my favorite blog posts that I have written as well as post your favorites. I’d also like to thank my guest bloggers from this past year (Kay Ross, Daryl James, and […]

When someone close to a PR pro gets laid off

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There is no doubt that the economy is a hot topic right now. The unemployment rate in February was 8.1%, up from 4.8% a year ago. I don’t think people truly understand how bad it really is until the company they work for makes lay offs or  someone close to you gets laid off.
Recently a […]

Can you handle being a No. 1 seed?

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There are no tips for success or shortcuts in this post. The objective of this post is to make you think. 
It’s March madness time. Not just on the court, but at your job. You are half way between your mid-year and your annual review. It’s time to ask yourself, how have you preformed?  Are you happy […]

Guest Post: If newspaper editors taught media relations

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This guest post comes from Daryl James, former newspaper editor and reporter turned communications pro.  Daryl also taught news writing as an adjunct professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2007 and 2008.
 
I never studied PR, so I don’t know what they teach in school about the proper way to write a news […]

I’ll have some PR chatter – make that a cup of media relations

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There has been a lot of chatter lately on Twitter about PR advice and the future of PR. Twitter is great because it allows PR pro’s to learn about the latest industry trends and connect with others. People keep learning and sharing, but PR pros’s continuously are in the social limelight for negative tactics they use. […]

Why do you practice PR?

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and have decided to put my thoughts on the net after recent one sided conversations with fellow practitioners and reading good blog posts such as David Mullen’s post “Are you contagious”  and Valley PR Blog’s post “Going into PR? Give it serious thought…puh-leeze.”
Why do I practice PR? No – […]

The best area code a PR pro can see on caller ID

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It doesn’t take a seasoned PR practitioner to know when a journalist is calling. Perhaps your CEO did something he wasn’t supposed to or your company just made a big announcement. Regardless, you know who covers your beat. Hopefully you know your regular reporters, but you might not. Best case is your employer provides thought […]

The journalists are coming!

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Journalists commonly refer to the PR sector as “The Dark Side.” The newspapers they are working for are shrinking and it’s not a secret (circulation, budgets, and staff size). People prefer quick hits on the Internet over long print publication stories.
Frank Washkuch of PR Week cites journalists turn into PR flacks because of the better pay, steadier […]