Friday Wrap #184: Conflating PR and lobbying, reporters’ pitch preferences, PR’s data woes, and more

Friday Wrap #184The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. If you want to make sure you never miss an edition of the Wrap, subscribe to my weekly email newsletter.

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New York wants… Read More »

Let’s kill the front group

Let's kill the front group (image of fingers crossed behind back)Public relations practitioners have, for decades, wearily accepted cynicism about our industry. We are spinmeisters. We help companies get away with doing the wrong thing. We put lipstick on pigs, deflect attention from problems, we piss off the journalists we rely on, we spam the web with non-news…

The criticisms and complaints aimed at PR are endless.

Part of the problem is visibility. Bad PR gets called out. Good PR is invisible. There is far more good PR going on than bad, but nobody is aware that what they’re seeing was conceived and crafted by a public relations specialist. But much of the negative perception people have of PR… Read More »

South Carolina’s social media policy is wrong. Here’s why.

South Carolina bans social media use on state devicesI would have missed the news out of South Carolina if not for a podcast. I learned that the state has a new policy forbidding employees from using social media on official devices from Tom Webster and Mark Schaefer, who talked about it on their Marketing Companion show. (It’s a terrific show. Listen to it.)

I disagree with Tom and Mark’s conclusion, though. The policy is just fine, they said. After all, those who need to use social media for work can do so (with permission), and the rule applies only to state-owned devices; employees are free to use their own devices on their own time, even at lunch.

Sounds reasonable, right? “What… Read More »

Friday Wrap #141: Three crises, the perfect tweet, podcast growth, WhatsApp for political campaigns

Friday Wrap #141
Flickr photo courtesy of Larry Jacobsen
Before we jump into the week’s news, I want to bring two upcoming events to your attention. First, for the fourth consecutive year, Thornley Fallis CEO Joe Thornley and I will present our eight-week interactive course, “Getting Strategic with Social Media.” Offered through IABC, the course includes a weekly, asynchronous, multimedia learning module and a live conference call; there’s also an exclusive, closed Facebook group where you can participate with Joe and me, fellow workshop participants, and some 300 participants from prior years’ sessions. Details and registration are here.

Second, I’m… Read More »

Friday Wrap #135: Ethics-challenged PR, 360-degree videos, tracking “Dark Social,” Zuck goes Oprah

Friday Wrap 135
Flickr photo of Cristo art at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995
courtesy of Zug55
The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items, blog posts, reports, and studies from the last week that could be useful to communicators but weren’t the stories that got the big headlines. I collect items from which I draw the Friday Wrap’s selections in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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TV anchor suspended over PR activities—Another case of challenged ethics has emerged with the suspension of Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts. A Toronto Star investigation found that Roberts secretly has been a part owner of a small PR firm,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #130: ABC’s 1-minute Facebook newscast, easy CAPTCHA, Google for kids, who views videos

Wrapped Copters-Friday Wrap #130
Photo (c) United States Navy (photo by Photographer’s Mate
3rd Class Gregory E. Badger)
Here’s today’s Friday Wrap, my selection of articles and posts from the past week that are important or useful for communicators, but that didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention. I curate these items from my link blog, where I save everything I find interesting from a communications perspective; it’s also what I use to choose the stories I’ll cover on the For Immediate Release podcast.

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ABC creates 1-minute newscast for Facebook—David Muir, host of ABC’s flagship newscast, is now hosting a video newscast created exclusively for the network’s… Read More »

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