Blogs and journalism

Mainstream media provides the fodder for many blogs as bloggers comment on and link to stories on newspaper and other news sites. Sensing a link between what they cover and how bloggers react to it has provided weekly news magazine Newsweek with a new feature, a page on its website listing the stories from the past seven days that generated the most conversation in the blogosphere. The results come (no surprise here) from Technorati. The current top stories deal with US presidential adviser Karl Rove, pornographic podcasts, the US Supreme Court nominee and Iraq, among other topics.

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #53: July 25, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (on winning credibility in the blogosphere); Land Rover campaign update; road testing BlogPulse Profiles; Fast Company’s blog jam; talent and innovation depart Ford and Hewlett-Packard; an interview with Intelliseek about BlogPulse and BrandPulse; new data from Pew; AdCandy’s open approach; pledge for digital rights in Europe; PodcastCon UK; CNET podcasts; Mike Manuel and clear thinking; BBC Backstage innovates; Yahoo snaps up Konfabulator.

Show notes for July 25, 2005

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Happy customers blog, too

Rob Safuto, creator of the terrific Podcast NYC, is out with a new blog. The Red Room Chronicles is dedicated to Marriott Hotels. In his initial posts, Safuto wrote,

I???ve been a Marriott Rewards member for years as I???ve been a traveling consultant for the IT and now Energy Industry since 1998. After staying in so many Marriott???s I???ve come to value inside information on the company for both business and leisure purposes. My hope is that this blog will become a fine resource for travelers everywhere who prefer Marriott Hotels.

This product-focused blog is the polar opposite of “Discover the Truth about the Land Rover Discovery… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #52: July 21, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (on videocasting; success with iTunes; codes of ethics; blogging about Dell and Land Rover; concerns about Technorati); Canon’s new tool; Blinkx TV and Smartfeed; BlogPulse relaunched website; Global Blog8Live launches; helping Shari Kerzrok; Land Rover customer dissatisfaction campaign; PR Week on podcasting; report from the Spinfluencer; RSS advertising in Europe; Podcast Awards.

Show notes for July 21, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 77-minute conversation recorded live from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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PR practitioner needs a liver transplant

Shel HoltzThis is already on several sites, but the more publicity the better. From Neville, who got it from O’Dwyer’s via Jeremy Pepper:

Liver Transplant is Needed

Shari Kurzrok, a 31-year-old VP at Ogilvy PR Worldwide, will die within days if she does not receive a liver transplant.

She was admitted to New York University Medical Center last weekend, and was told she needs an immediate liver transplant to save her life. Her illness is unexplained.

Ogilvy is reaching out to the PR industry on Kurzrok’s behalf.

The Great Neck, N.Y. native is to be married in October. She led Ogilvy’s “Save-a-Life-Tour” to raise the awareness of the need for… Read More »

Call for PR email blacklist should be a wake-up call

On his blog, Yahoo’s Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo asks for an email blacklist of tech-oriented PR agencies. “I get so damned much spam (I mean “pitches”) that I’m starting to think that life would be better if I just blocked email from all the big names in Tech PR,” Zawodny complains. He doesn’t even want to omit the domains of PR agencies Yahoo works with, like Voce. Most of the comments offer advice on how to set up such a list. One journalist commented that he wouldn’t mind taking advantage of it and offers a short list as a starter.

It may seem, at first blush, that Zawodny is joining the anti-PR meme spreading through the blogosphere… Read More »

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