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Verification Handbook for journalists and aid providers

The Verification Handbook from the European Centre of Journalism is a new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. The announcement states: “In a crisis situation, social media and social networks are overloaded with situation updates, calls for relief, reports of new […]

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Share This Too online buzz

Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals, the follow up to the best-selling Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals is published on August 30. It’s already attracting a lot of online buzz and on pre-sales alone has taken the number one slot in Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases in Sales […]

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News UK master class in how not to do media relations

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good rant, but when a company that you love to hate does something incompetent it’s just too good an opportunity to miss. It’s 2013 so surely all but the most Neanderthal of PR people have grasped that you never, ever spam journalists or bloggers with badly targeted […]

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Why the world of PR is changing by Alastair Campbell

When I did the PRConversations PRoust Questionnaire I cited Alastair Campbell as my PR hero. A choice that was criticised by some who simply see him as the master of the dark arts of spin and old command and control communications. I said that Alastair is much maligned and misunderstood, not only for what he […]

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Tom Foremski Thought Leaders event at the CIPR

Last week I chaired a ‘Thought Leaders’ event at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in London where I interviewed Tom Foremski who became the first major journalist to quit mainstream media to make a living from blogging when he left the Financial Times to found Silicon Valley Watcher. The event did leave me […]

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UK spends 13 minutes of every hour on social

Even in 2013 you find sceptics who don’t appreciate how the internet and the social web is disrupting traditional media consumption. Experian Hitwise has just published research that shows in 2012 the UK spent 37 billion hours online, but as that is far too big a number to comprehend it has helpfully distilled it into […]

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Tom Foremski and Stuart Bruce speak at CIPR event and ask could corporate media win a Pulitzer?

On Wednesday May 8 I’m looking forward to speaking at a special event with Tom Foremski looking at ‘Can corporate media support serious journalism?’ The session is at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) head office and sponsored by content sharing technology provider PressPage which has posted a social media news release: Can ‘corporate […]

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Public relations isn’t part of marketing

This blog post started as a comment on Stephen ‘Wadds’ Waddington’s thought-provoking article about ‘The public relations industry’s confidence problem’, but it was so thought-provoking the comment rapidly became too long. His central thesis is that public relations is too introspective and needs to have more confidence of the role it plays in the broader […]

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Russian Embassy DigitalBBQ Storify

Round up of last night’s Digital Barbecue at the Russian Embassy (ambassador’s residence). [View the story "Russian Embassy DigitalBBQ 2012" on Storify]

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Leveson PR and social media implications

Just to demonstrate that it is old media that still rules Leveson has only made advance copies of his report available to mainstream media. So I’m writing this as the minutes countdown to its release without the benefit of actually knowing what is in it. Two of my questions are around its implications for both […]

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