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September 7, 2011
Get Schooled — Don't Try To Fool
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley tech execs are being fortuitously trained in media relations, while Ketchum, a supposedly worldly-wise PR firm, gets egg on its face for trying to exploit bloggers on behalf of a lasagna-selling client.

The message in both: Be as genuine and forthcoming as possible. The days of being foolhardy in "professional" guise are over. Tell stories, not fibs.  

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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