Friday Wrap #125: The Special Thursday Edition

Happy Halloween from The Friday Wrap!Warm greetings from London! My travel schedule made it impossible to produce the Friday Wrap on Friday, and for a while, I considered just skipping an edition. But there are so many interesting items to share, I opted instead to post a special Thursday edition of the Friday Wrap. (If the NFL could have special Thursday Night Edition of Monday Night Football, why can’t I publish my Friday newsletter on a Thursday?) As always, I’ve bookmarked all the various items I found intriguing on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

HTML 5 is a done deal—It has taken eight years, but the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has wrapped up… Read More »

Friday Wrap #119: PR Wikipedia guide, bloggers as journalists, TwitPic lives, interactive packaging


Flickr image—“Wrapped Up Dinosaurs”—courtesy of Matt Brown
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers…and this week ranks up there among the most interesting collections of stories since I started the wrap. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

IPR releases Professional’s Ultimate Guide to Wikipedia—William Beutler has been one of the key thought leaders when it comes to ethical PR engagement with Wikipedia. His company, Buetler Ink,… Read More »

How a small foundation used a new TV series to draw attention to its cause

Manhattan is the latest TV drama to suck me in. The series chronicles the lives of fictional scientists, their families, and the military in 1943, all living at the compound in Los Alamos where Robert Oppenheimer and his team developed the atomic bomb. It’s the second original scripted series from WGN America, giving more credence to the idea that television is undergoing a seismic change, with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Yahoo producing high-quality original programming.

Indeed, no longer should we look to the 1950s as the Golden Age of television. We’re living that right now.

Manhattan is great television. Critics and viewers… Read More »

Friday Wrap #115: Podcast suit settled, tweets from strangers, interns gone wild, PR’s gender gap

Friday Wrap #115
Flickr image courtesy of Michael Coghlan
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Vine allows video import—Casual users and superstars alike have not only made do but made some amazing 6-second videos with Vine despite the fact that you could only shoot the videos on your phone. Brands are accustomed to applying more serious production techniques to their… Read More »

Can the church-state separation of ads and editorial co-exist with native advertising?

Native advertising shouldn't be camouflaged editorialI was prepared to have all kinds of issues with John Oliver’s report on native advertising. Watching it, though, I had a problem with only one thing he said, and that one thing wasn’t that big of a deal.

From the time I was about 15, I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. I got a degree in Journalism and worked in the field for a while before leaving for organizational communications. I never lost the idealistic view of a free and independent press. I’m a huge believer in the journalistic separation of church and state.

But I’m also a believer in the potential of native advertising. The potential to salvage the news business is massive,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #111: A social web standard, press releases have legs, the rise of “sadvertising”

Friday Wrap #111
Flickr photo courtesy of Loz Pycock
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

W3C to develop social media standards—The World Wide Web Consortium has announced it will develop a standard way to build social network operations into the Web, including adding friends, commenting, and sharing updates with text, photos, and video. The standard also will allow multiple… Read More »

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