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Vote Match from The Telegraph matches your views to party policies

The Telegraph has a great tool that enables you answer a quick quiz to assess your views on a wide range of different policies and then tells you how closely your views match those of the different political parties. It even enables you to embed it on your own website, which is what I’ve done […]

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PR must accept that social media drives news and reputation management

I’ve long advocated that social media doesn’t work if you consign it to a silo and treat it simply as part of your digital marketing. The BBC is the the first mainstream news organisation to mandate its journalist to use social media and social networks as a primary source. Peter Horrocks, the new director of […]

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Charlie Brooker – How to report the news

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A duck’s Christmas quacker video

My brother has adopted two ducks and despite not being quackers decided to let them in the joy of Christmas by opening their own present. This was after Duck Duck narrowly escaped a roasting after disappearing for five days just before Christmas as reported in the Whitehaven News – Christmas quacker: a lucky duck returns […]

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Top 10 word of 2009 is Twitter, then Obama, H1N1, stimulus, vampire, 2.0

According to research by the Global Language Monitor Twitter was the top word of 2009. The analysis was completed in November using a proprietary algorithm that tracks words and phrases in the media and on the internet (including blogs and social media). The words are tracked in relation to frequency, contextual usage and appearance in […]

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Why openupnow’s open primaries won’t work

Openupnow.org is yet another organisation that has jumped on the current political bandwagon for open primaries.It looks a great campaign, but… and it’s a very big but, it’s very badly thought out. The idea of open primaries is very seductive, emotionally I think they are brilliant. The open primaries between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton, […]

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Why the BNP needs the ‘oxygen of publicity’ – to choke itself

This morning I provided PR Week with a quote about the BBC’s decision to allow the BNP’s Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time. My full comment was: I don’t think it’s just a publicity stunt for the BBC. It’s not a question of if it is a good move, it was the only move […]

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Cabinet Office hits back at inaccurate media coverage of Deputy Director of Digital Communication job advert

Once again the media has been getting its collective knickers in a twist because the UK government is recruiting a ‘Twittercrat’ who will be ‘paid to teach the Government how to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Bebo.’ Cue, lots of critical comment and editorials. Except that most of it wasn’t true and […]

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PRs supporting journalists facing redundancy

On Thursday I Twittered my support for the striking journalists on the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post who are facing redundancy. I was delighted by the almost instant response from Yorkshire’s public relations professionals with lots of colleagues from…

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Derek Draper v. David Hencke

In the red corner we have New Labour luminary Derek Draper, in the purple prose corner we have The Guardian’s David Hencke. I witnessed the little public spat yesterday and hadn’t considered blogging about it until this morning when I…

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