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Why regional media still rocks

Stephen Davies recently asked “What does the future hold for the regional press?”. I’m actually quite optimistic about the future of the regional press and even more importantly I believe that it is vital that we all give it as…

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PR stunts that miss

Yesterday I posted briefly about the ‘attack’ on Parliament where a man entered the central lobby and threw white powder shouting “you’re all going to die now”. From most of the coverage I hadn’t picked up on what he was…

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Press releases are not dead

Jeremy Pepper comments on an interesting article from InformationWeek that reports that press news releases have overtaken trade press as sources of news for knowledge workers. Technorati : InformationWeek, Jeremy Pepper, PR, news release, press release, public relations

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How to write a feature article

Charles Arthur of The Guardian has an excellent article on his blog that should be compulsory reading for any PR tasked with ghost writing a by-lined article on behalf of a client. Technorati : Charles Arthur, PR, The Guardian, public…

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What government ministers really do during radio interviews

Tom Watson, the UK’s first blogging MP and now a junior defence minister (apt for an ex-AEEU wonk), has an amusing real-life story about what really happens when government ministers are being interviewed on the radio. Contrary to popular media…

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Journalists write easier to read copy than PRs

Media Orchard has a fun little experiment to assess some media, marketing and PR blogs for their readability using the Gunning-Fog test. I thought I’d add a few extra to the pot (one or two duplicates) and see how PRs…

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The Economist removed from WH Smith shelves

UK Press Gazette reports on an intriguing spat between The Economist and WH Smith (the UK’s largest chain of newsagents) which has seen the title removed from the shelves of all the chain’s high street stores. Technorati : The Economist

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Manchester Evening News new business editor

The Manchester Evening News (MEN) has appointed deputy business editor Chris Barry as its new business editor. The MEN carries two pages of business news every day and recently relaunched its business section which is published every Tuesday as a…

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Why social media news releases won’t work – yet

In the comments Tina Lang-Stuart of Shift Communications (of Boston and San Francisco) is questioning my stance on the death of the news release and the benefits of the alternative ‘social media news release’. She wants: To deliver some background…

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Why social media news releases won’t work – yet

In the comments Tina Lang-Stuart of Shift Communications (of Boston and San Francisco) is questioning my stance on the death of the news release and the benefits of the alternative ‘social media news release’. She wants: To deliver some background…

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