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Feb 01

A “They” by Any Other Name…

Their, they’re and there. Whom and whose. The Oxford comma. The singular “they” pronoun. To English language purists, them are fightin’ words! The Guardians of Grammar will fight to the death to protect the purity of the English language, and these are the battles at the forefront of the language wars. The singular they has …

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Jul 30

Guilty Pleasures

Some random thoughts on a Sunday morning: I’m sitting here, wondering how many more steps am I going to have to take to offset the fact that I indulged in a childhood craving for blueberry PopTarts™ this morning, which started me thinking about guilty pleasures – you know, those things we know we shouldn’t do, …

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Apr 16

Jeff Varner’s Employer Votes Itself Off United’s PR Crisis Island

So, buried under all the other drama of The Week That Was came this little PR nugget that largely passed under the collective radar of many of us who don’t feel the need to wallow in the less admirable aspects of human nature: Jeff Varner, a contestant on CBS’ reality competition show “Survivor,” gets fired …

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Apr 10

United, Just Stop

United Airlines, stop. Just stop. You’re only making the indefensible worse. United Airlines once again takes over the headlines as the world’s most hated/least trusted corporation for the second time in a week. And they did that in spectacular fashion straight out of Hollywood, with company goons dragging the bloodied, hapless victim…er, passenger, down the …

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Nov 06

Welcome to the First Social Media Campaign

Congratulations, we’ve nearly survived the first social media presidential campaign. Only two more days and we can move from the sturm und drang of this campaign to picking up the pieces and returning to normal life – or can we? I’m afraid that the current climate may very well be the new “normal.” We’ve heard …

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Oct 25

Women Leaders and Sexism in PR

There’s nothing higher on a PR writing instructor’s “things-I-don’t-want-to-do-on-my-day-off” list than write. But as I was putzing around on Facebook this morning, I ran across a photo of past PRSA chairs as they welcomed the newest former chair, Mark McClellan, APR, into their ranks. All are distinguished professionals, all have sacrificed time, energy, money and …

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May 08

Sunday Coffee Contemplations: Election Commercials Killed Creativity

Brace yourself: it’s election season, and advertisers are beginning to demonstrate an absolute lack of imagination by trotting out election-themed commercials, led by Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken. As if the real politicians aren’t off-putting enough, we’re now forced to endure fake election debates over the merits of food that many of us don’t …

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Apr 24

Return’d So Soon! And Other Sunday Coffee Contemplations

William Shakespeare

So I’m back. It’s been a while – well over a year – since a new post appeared on this blog. Hell, it’s been almost a year since this blog was even visible. Life – and hackers – happened, and since I’m totally reliant on my husband’s good graces and computer abilities and persistence to …

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Aug 22

AMEC’s PR Measurement Week in New York a Rare Opportunity

The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) is joining with PR heavyweights Cision and Vocus to staging Measurement Week in New York September 15th to 19th, with the goal of bridging the gap between understanding the value of PR measurement and actual practice. The event will feature more than 16 speakers who …

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Aug 14

Edelman’s Bad Public Relations In Robin Williams Blog Post

We all have one of those family members. You know, the one who has absolutely no social skills? They tell inappropriate stories, butt into the middle of other people’s conversations, or have to always redirect the conversation to themselves? Those people exist in the business world as well, and all too often it’s PR execs …

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