Archive | July, 2006

Editorial Intelligence’s online reputation not looking good

It has just been pointed out to me that a Google search for Julia Hobsbawm Editorial Intelligence brings up my rather critical post as the third item. At least the first two are for the official Editorial Intelligence website because…

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Education Secretary Alan Johnson plugs blogs

Simon Dickson reports that Secretary of State for Education Alan Johnson has made a speech talking about the importance of blogs and social media in UK politics. Inspiring stuff from a man who is touted by some as the future…

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Dell hell Dell rocks

Dell hell is a familiar phrase amongst bloggers griping about Dell’s poor customer service. That’s why I was pleased to see Neville Hobson and Stephen Davies both blogging about how in their experience Dell rocks. That’s my experience as well….

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The importance of good writing

While on the subject of good writing take a look at Write or wrong? by Richard Bailey on the Forward Blog. The advice about you need to read if you want to write is the number one tip I always…

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Spell check firm issues news release with spelling mistakes

We’re all guilty of typos. One thing that we insist on at BMA PR is that news releases (yes we still use them and probably always will) must be double checked by a second person before being sent out. It’s…

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London Business School starts blog

The London Business School has started a blog for MBA applicants who want to know more about the life and culture of the school. On November 22 I’m delivering a new media training workshop for the Association of Business Schools….

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IT PRO is live

IT PRO is now live (since Tuesday evening I think, but I’ve been away). Editor Chris Green has his personal blog at and he and many of the other writers also have official blogs at Lots of familiar…

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Campaign against political journalists and commentators

My old media relations tutor used to say “Laddy, never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel”. Well times change Colin and I’m picking a fight. Paulie at Never Trust A Hippy has started a worthy…

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My top five social media tools

The problem with this meme lark is that it gets time-consuming if you do too many. However, David Tebbutt has ‘tagged’ me to continue a meme started by Drew to name your five favourite/most useful blogging tools. Mine are: 1)…

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CIPR Nothern Conference – Julia Hobsbawm

By far and away the best speaker at Thursday’s CIPR Northern Conference was Rob Skinner, chief press officer of First Direct who gave delegates a practical down-to-earth view on how media relations is changing and what we need to do…

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