Tag: journalists

Journalist, Heal Thyself First

Shut up. I don’t want to hear another word or snarky remark from journalists about the supposed ethical shortcomings of PR professionals. Not after former broadcaster Mike Snyder created fake social media accounts to wage a public war with Nasher Sculpture Center over the Museum Tower on behalf of his client, the Dallas Police and …

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PR has a PR Problem…and it’s Journalists, Pt. I

Late last night, as I sat grading final projects from my PR writing students, I had one of the all-news TV stations droning on in the background for the noise to keep me going, I heard it. The “P” word. Actually, he said the “P words – plural. PR Problem. As in, “that company has …

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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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PR People are Unethical, Manipulative Liars

PR people are unethical, manipulative liars – or so a couple of LinkedIn discussion threads I’ve been following the past few weeks would have you believe. The first thread, in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA National) group, featured a professor who was asked by a student “Do you think PR people are ‘supposed’ …

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Power of the Pen…or the Blogger – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

To blog or not to blog? A friend of mine posted a question on Facebook about whether she should start a blog as a complement to her solo professional consulting business. Most of her friends chimed in that of course she should, although one added the caveat that she should avoid calling herself a journalist …

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Writing the 60 Second Pitch

In public relations writing, half the battle is coming up with ideas to the media. Some would say that’s the easy part, others claim it’s the hardest part of their job. Either way, once you have your idea, the work of figuring out how to shape your idea into a story that reporters and editors …

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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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