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Performance Breeds Publicity, the Red Cross Is Reminded
October 29th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
PR stands, importantly, for performance reviews – public relations practitioners should never forget that. Reality is in interactions, and that’s how it’s perceived by most people. The American Red Cross likely is reflecting on such matters in light of reporting by National Public Radio and ProPublica on its disaster response to superstorm Sandy two years ago...

Computers the New Editors – Oh Dear!
October 28th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
The New York Times – bless it for its coverage its own passing era – reports on how Facebook engineers and algorithms are becoming the overseers of what we once called news. Now, instead of events of some shared local or cosmic importance, “news” is what Facebook users may be interested in seeing in their “news feeds.” It looks to be an increasingly random way of gauging what’s going on “out there”.
Ebola's a Concern, but Flu's a Present Threat
October 27th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
It's all about what gets our attention in this media-driven world. We're duly concerned over the possibility of Ebola spreading to the U.S., but how much have you heard from your friends and neighbors about getting a fall flu shot? The latter ought to be the more pressing concern, notes the Rutgers Today site. "The flu," it advises, "takes anywhere from 3,000 to 48,000 lives a year in this country, depending on the severity of the disease in a given flu season."
Focused on a Pigskin Ball in a Sea of White
October 24th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
Ohio State football strategists are especially mindful of an unusually big factor in their game at Penn State tomorrow – the size of the Nittany Lions’ crowd and the noise that it makes. The roar from a crowd of 106,000 in a sea of white can be distracting, if you let it be. “That’s as loud of a stadium (as) I’ve ever heard,” says Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett...
Renee Zellweger Wages PR Campaign to Defend Her Own Face
October 24th, 2014 by Jeannine Wheeler
Is 45 too early to "get a new face"? Possibly so, if you listen to the social media chatter that forced Hollywood actor Renee Zellweger to defend her own face after some fairly obvious "rearrangement." After appearing at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills this week, Renee displayed her Oscar-winning...
Whither the News? On Paper, at Least
October 23rd, 2014 by Doug Bedell
These have been seminal/dire days (your choice), more of them, for print journalism. First Robert G. Kaiser, a veteran Washington Post reporter posted “Bad News for the News,” about the technological transformation of newspapers. Then came the passing of Ben Bradlee, The Post’s legendary editor, at 93.
#PR Rant: How to Create 'Bad' PR and Ruin Your Event
October 23rd, 2014 by Gerard E. Mayers
This past weekend (October 17 to 19) was the occasion of the enactment of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek near Middletown, Virginia. As Civil War living historians and re-enactors, my wife and I originally were supposed to participate as living historians in the event.
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