Category: Public Relations

The Year of the Dog(s)

Anyone who knows me knows of my dogs. Knows of my obsession with dogs. Our furry family at the start of this year consisted of five furry children: Cheyenne, Lobo, Holly, Sunshine and Bear. I say “started” because we are ending this year with only three: tragically, we lost our two “middle aged” dogs, Bear …

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Just a Public Relations Move

It happened today. Someone I have known closely over 20 years, and who is VERY familiar with what I do for a living and what public relations is, actually said the evil words: “They just did it as a PR move,” when referring to a cosmetic action made by his employer to avoid making a …

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PR New Year’s Resolutions – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

Happy New Year! It’s time for the obligatory New Year’s resolutions, which as one cartoon I spotted briefly last night and now can’t find, explained as a set of guidelines for the first week of January. I’m starting 2012 with a little more willpower than that, I hope. So to play my part in this …

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Six PR Skills in Short Supply – Sunday Christmas Coffee Contemplations

The end of the year is customarily a time for reflection on the past and prognostications for the future. This past week, PR maven (such an inadequate and overused word for someone who’s so much more) Gini Dietrich posted a list of six skills that every PR pro needs in this digital world on her …

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Why PR Can’t Write – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

There seems to be a universal complaint that young public relations professionals can’t write. At the 2011 Public Relations Society of America International Conference this month, I ended up in several discussions about the lack of good writers and how it’s a problem for the profession. There’s a very good reason for the lack of …

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Public Relations Vs. Propaganda

Public Relations‘ perpetual problem: It’s Monday morning after a long weekend, I’m trying to chase away the grouchy mood with copious amounts of coffee and the silliness has already started. Waiting in my inbox was a LinkedIn discussion on whether public relations is a form of propaganda or two different concepts. My response follows: Oh, …

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Coffee Contemplations – Are You Offended by the Term “Flack”?

Are you offended by being called a flack? I’m genuinely curious, and want to write a post about it. I know my own opinion, but I’m curious about yours. So for the inaugural Sunday Morning Caffeine Contemplations, in which I ponder the weighty issues of the PR world while working my way through my second …

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What’s Wrong With PR?

I’m skipping today’s planned post in favor of a question: What’s wrong with PR? I opened my inbox this morning to see yet another post from another in an endless line of journalists complaining about PR people sending irrelevant, annoying press releases: Peeve, Burr and Hosanna: Editorial Director Sounds Off On PR’s Most Irritating Habits. I …

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Hello world! It’s a New PR Blog!

Welcome to APRwriter! Yes, this world just can’t survive without one more blog, and I’ve bravely jumped in to fill the void. I still learning how to use this software, so I can’t promise it will be a smooth ride, but it should be interesting! I am Accredited in Public Relations, hence the “APR” in …

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