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About Diane Schwartz

Diane Schwartz is Senior Vice President & Group Publisher of the Media Communications Group at Access Intelligence, a business-to-business media information company based in Rockville, Maryland, with offices worldwide. Diane oversees the editorial, marketing, PR, sales and digital strategy of a rapidly expanding group, whose brands include PR News, CableFAX Daily, Media Industry Newsletter, min’s b2b, PR News Press, prnewsonline.com, minonline.com, cable360.net, Studio and Dorland Health. In her nearly 15 years with Access Intelligence, Diane has launched nearly three dozen conferences, newsletters, events, e-media ventures and ancillary products. A 25-year publishing veteran, Diane is on the board of the Specialized Information Publishers Association; she is past chairperson of the American Business Media CEBA Committee (Creative Excellence in Business Advertising) and serves on numerous other PR, media and business committees. She works in Access Intelligence’s Manhattan office and lives with her husband and two kids in Westchester County, NY. You can follow her on Twitter @dianeschwartz and read her PR News blog at prnewsonline.com.

It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over, and 4 Other Takeaways From Super Bowl XLIX

This year’s Super Bowl lived up to its hype, and it was one of the first times in recent memory that I found the game to be more exciting than the commercials. This year’s array of $4.5m spots struck a more somber and heart-warming note than years past. Considering what’s happening on the world stage […] | MORE »

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5 Steps to Becoming an Effective Writer (and a Better PR Pro)

When a Florida sheriff’s office recently noticed its new crest-engraved office rug read “In Dog We Trust,” rather than “In God We Trust” it turned a $500 typo into a nearly $10k opportunity. It held an auction for the grammatically incorrect rug in which proceeds would go to the local animal rescue organization. If we […] | MORE »

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15 Easy Changes to Transform Your Career this Year

Forget new year’s resolutions about losing weight, completing your first novel, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail while learning how to play guitar. Those sorts of resolutions just set you up for disappointment. It’s time to get realistic. As far as career resolutions go, there’s no shortage of things we can do better. As communicators, we […] | MORE »

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Controlling the Message: 3 Lessons from the Janay Rice Interviews

We’ve seen the video and we’ve read countless articles about Ray Rice’s behavior back in February of this year at an Atlantic City casino when he was caught on tape assaulting his fiancee Janay Palmer and then dragging her limp body out of the elevator. We’ve read with fascination the NFL’s multiple reactions to the […] | MORE »

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The Epic List of Useless PR Tactics

A while back I compiled a list of annoying phrases and words we utter as communicators (and human beings), from “at the end of the day” to “guru” and “epic”. The list, via my blog post, grew as you added your own phrases that annoy (“I don’t hate that” and “synergy,” to name a few). […] | MORE »

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Will PR and Marketing Get Married One Day?

Inevitably the question arises when you’re in a room full of communicators: how do we break down the silos between PR and Marketing? I recently moderated a panel with Andrew Bowins of Mastercard and Jay Bartlett of Pitney Bowes on the topic of marketing-PR collaboration, or lack thereof in many organizations. We agreed that a […] | MORE »

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Measure Twice, Cut Once? How About We Just Measure!

Measurement is one of those irrefutable initiatives in the PR and marketing world. You cannot argue with the idea that what can’t be measured can’t be managed. Nor can you dispute the reality that many practitioners do not take measurement seriously. | MORE »

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‘Meet the Team,’ Ferguson and PR’s Diversity Problem

The knock on the City of Ferguson for hiring an “all white” firm amid a race-infused crisis is fair, and such obvious bait for reporters that it’s already a non-story. For the PR industry, the bigger problem is why more people with diverse backgrounds do not want to make PR their career. | MORE »

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‘Meet the Team,’ Ferguson and PR’s Diversity Problem

Take a look at your “Meet the Team” and “About Us” pages on your web site. Do these pages reflect a multifaceted workforce? Do the photos of your team and their bios underscore an understanding of your many stakeholders? In other words, can visitors relate to you? You might not think these questions are worth […] | MORE »

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4 Ways to Get a Reporter to Pay Attention to You

Back in my reporting days, I spent a good amount of time doing something that might strike many as nostalgic: interviewing sources and talking to PR people on the phone.  If only today’s reporters had time for telephonic activities. Surprise: they do! And they will take your call if you lay the groundwork first. They […] | MORE »

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