March, 2007

The Center for Media & Democracy Puts the Spin on Spin

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This YouTube video elicits equal parts anger and laughter from me. Let’s start with the funny. “PR PR Firms = Propaganda” officially makes the producer, The Center for Media and Democracy, its own enemy. The non-profit’s “mission is to expose public relations spin and propaganda.”

Sinbad The Seller

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I see that someone accidentally updated the Wikipedia page on Sinbad, the comedian you may remember as Walter from A Different World (Cosby II) and who has been a comedy fixture since I interviewed him for a New York magazine story in 1987.

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Glinda the Good Pitch Visits Ruder Finn

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Michael Beno from Ruder Finn sent me a simple, straight forward pitch today. The pitch is relevant to what I write about at my other blog.

News Junkie News Flash

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When I read the New York Times I want to be surprised by what pops out at me.

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Fast Five: Bad PR Photos, Top 100 Dailies, Writing Tips

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1) Reuters Sign in Times Square Now to Feature PR Newswire Photos -- Bulldog Reporter Times Square is going to get a lot more boring thanks to PR Newswire. Let’s be honest—PR photography sucks. How many shots of ribbon cuttings, ground breakings and the "grip and grin" can the public tolerate?

Fast Five: Sucky News Releases, PRWeek’s Free For All and Other Tips You'll Ignore

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1) Seven Signs that your Press Release Sucks -- Naked PR The first sign is my favorite. Your headline is so cutesy that no one could possibly tell what the hell your news is by looking at it. Catchy does not equal cutesy.” 2) PRWeek Content Free For All -- PRWeek PRWeek’s online content is no longer password protected. Stop by the site, before they change their mind, or let it come to you via one of their RSS feeds.