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Personally, We're Not Communicating So Well
August 4th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
How are we doing at personal communication in a digital age? Not so well, Sherry Turkle, a great communicator herself, feels. She warned of "a flight from conversation" in favor of texting and email at a symposium on Martha's Vineyard recently. Ah summer, when blessed truths emerge!

Writing a (Google) Plus Obituary
August 4th, 2015 by Mike Bush
Mashable has penned what appears to be the definitive obituary for Google+, the social network launched by the search giant as a way to tap into the social media landscape. It’s a killer read if you have a few minutes, and discusses many of the (mis)steps Google has made with regards to social media...
California Heading for 'Electric Freeways'?
August 3rd, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Look to California to see if public relations backed by political power can change American motoring preferences. Yes, says BloombergBusiness, Mary Nichols, head of California's Air Resources Board, "really does intend to force automakers to eventually sell nothing but electrics." Excuse us, but that will really have California's fabled freeway system buzzing.
'Deflategate': A PR Pro Stands Up for Integrity
July 31st, 2015 by Doug Bedell
In the matter of Tom Brady's football troubles, PR pro Meg McAllister announces for integrity, "which is the foundation of real and lasting influence." Instead of continuing to bounce the ball around, she advises, "You know what Tom? Shut the hell up and sit out the 4 games and be grateful it's not worse." Sounds like good, ethical advice to us – PR on the high road.
Journalism Jobs Keep Dropping
July 30th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
The numbers tell the story, or a lot of it anyway. Journalism is a failing field, as reflected in a Washington Post chart on the decline in the newspaper workforce. It dropped by 10 percent from last year to now, and 39 percent over the last decade. The numbers are from the American Society of Newspaper Editors 2015 newsroom census and The Post’s Chris Cillizza calls the drop “staggering; there’s simply no way that the growth in online-only publications has made up for the massive erosion in daily newspapers.”
#PR: Are My Blogs Effective?
July 30th, 2015 by Gerard E. Mayers
With the rise of social media, there are more opportunities for a flack to promote a brand or product for external or internal clients. With those opportunities also come more challenges, and sometimes, more questions. It almost goes without comment that a well-written blog is necessary for any successful PR or marketing communications campaign.
Killed a Beloved Lion? Hire a PR Firm
July 29th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Why does public relations have such a murky public image? Because, we’d venture, it readily accepts clients like the Minnesota dentist who shot, with a bow and arrow, the Zimbabwe lion, Cecil. The hunting party, reports Radar Online, then tracked the lion down for two days so he could be killed with a gun, beheaded, and skinned.
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