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As the Generations Change, Listen Closely
February 10th, 2016 by Doug Bedell
Workplaces need to be listening closely to the expectations of employees as the generations change from baby boomers to millennials, an article in the Public Relations Journal advises. The piece, “Emerging Issues in Internal Communications: Generational Shifts, Internal Social Media & Engagement,” is based on interviews with companies listed among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” as well as others.

#PR: Facebook's 'Waterloo' in India
February 10th, 2016 by Gerard E. Mayers
It was recently revealed in the news that India's Telecom Regulatory Authority banned Facebook's Free Basics Internet service. In an article published on LinkedIn Pulse, Vivek Wadhwa, a Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, noted: “The project was ill-conceived and showed a lack of understanding of India’s culture..."
Words Reporters, and the Rest of Us, Hate
February 9th, 2016 by Doug Bedell
PR people, be advised of this list of words or expressions that reporters and the rest of us, hate to encounter. Don’t use them, Noreen Seebacher, chief editor of SMG/CMSWire in Savannah, GA, counsels. What’s wrong with empower, reach out, de-layer and curate? They started out okay, but have gained a pretentious ring with overuse. Try to launch some new ones in their place!
Visiting a Rose Garden: Good PR In Action
February 8th, 2016 by Doug Bedell
From Shreveport, LA, comes a perfect example of good PR in action, of what the craft is about. The Shreveport Times interviews Beth Smiley, publications director of the American Rose Society, “who recently informed me that the American Rose Society is doing more than ever to invite visitors to explore the gardens this spring.” And Yes, “On Feb. 27, the American Rose Society will host its first Green Thumb Seminar of 2016..."
Videos on Facebook – a New PR Outlet
February 5th, 2016 by Doug Bedell
PR pros can now display their clients via videos on Facebook. Lisa Arledge Powell, of MediaSource, writes on Ragan’s PR Daily about how easy it is to use Facebook’s new video streaming feature, Live. You’ll be viewing news reports, personal odysseys and lots else there, including PR streams. Facebook’s status as the Coney Island boardwalk of our digital times keeps growing – get out there!
Considering a Career in PR? Have You Decided Your Specialty?
February 5th, 2016 by Jeannine Wheeler
If you’re preparing for a career in PR, have you considered where you would want to specialize? Although many PR positions will traverse a number of specialties — especially in the beginning of your career — there is the opportunity to focus exclusively on one sector of PR or another.
A PR Lady Who Hates Press Releases: Here’s Why
February 4th, 2016 by Doug Bedell
Christina Nicholson, owner of the MediaMavin PR agency in Florida, writes about why she hates press releases. A PR person who hates press releases? Well, when working in TV, she used to delete “just about everything” PR people sent her. Here are the six biggest complaints she had with press releases. Learn from Christina’s experience, and wisdom.
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