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IT Week podcasts and blogs

IT Week has added podcasts and two new blogs – editor Lem Bingley and freelance Gary Flood – to its offerings. It has been running the IT Sneak blog for sometime. They all run on Typepad and offer FeedDemon RSS…

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Global PR giants buy-up the little guys

A sign of the growing importance of blogs and social media is the recent spate of hirings by the global PR firms. The latest is Richard Edelman’s announcement that Steve Rubel is leaving mid-size New York agency Cooper Katz to…

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The Times ‘What it takes to get to the top’ web seminar

Response Source is a fantastic resource for PR people that lets you subscribe to emails from journalists who are researching/writing current stories. Normally you’re not meant to share them but I’m sure on this occasion I can get away with…

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Four things meme

Stephen Davies has tagged me with the four things meme so here goes: Four jobs I’ve had: Organic waste disposal technician (toilet cleaner) Labour Party Regional Officer Politician (elected councillor) PR consultant Four movies I can watch over and over:…

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PR academics research into CSR and the media

Academics from the business school at Leeds Metropolitan University have published research into the relationships between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the media. In the Yorkshire Evening Post report Dr Ralph Tench (PR course leader?) of Leeds Metropolitan University, said:…

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The Economist on blogs

This week’s edition of The Economist has an article on blogs. I’m nowhere near as impressed with this article as I was with its recent look at public relations. I think the problem is that it contains nothing that other…

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Blog Herald gets it wrong on spam

I like The Blog Herald. I really, really do. But it has got it badly wrong this time. It’s claiming that an email sent by Eric Olsen at FeedBurner is spam. Why? Get real. Spam is the rubbish about unwanted…

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Become a rail blogger and win a free year of commuting

Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has come up with a brilliant use of blogs. It has teamed up with Metro, the free commuter newspaper, to run a competition for people to blog about their experience of commuting…

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UK e-democracy project fails democracy

I’m a massive advocate of e-democracy and have been putting my words into practice ever since being elected as a local councillor in 1999. First of all with a traditional website that included the ability to sign up to an…

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The Guardian’s Charles Arthur on why not to send PR attachments

Charles Arthur, The Guardian technology editor, has an excellent post on his blog about why you shouldn’t send attachments to journalists. I’ve commented on the blog and below I’ve pasted a copy of my response: It constantly amazes me how…

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