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About Matthew Schwartz

Group Editor, PR News: Matthew Schwartz is group editor of PR News, the leading source of trends, how-to content and best practices for PR professionals. Matthew leads the editorial strategy for PR News’ premium content products—including its weekly newsletter—and for its digital presence. Matthew was editor of PR News from 2003-2005. Prior to returning to PR News, Matthew was a reporter for Crain’s BtoB and Media Business magazines, where he covered business marketers and media companies. He was also editor of BMA Buzz, a biweekly email newsletter covering B2B marketing, advertising and social media, and contributing writer to Advertising Age Custom. Matthew has helped to launch blogs on behalf of ZoomInfo and direct marketing agency The Kern Organization. He also spent a few years in cable-news precincts, working as a writer/producer at CNN and Fox News Channel.

A New Year’s Resolution That’s Doable

Right around now we’re planning New Year’s resolutions—which few of us will actually keep. New Year’s resolutions are all well and good, in theory. Sure, go nuts—make a vow to hit the gym more frequently, cut down on fried foods or get more sleep. However, there are some resolutions that don’t require time, money, or […] | MORE »

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Sony Struggles to Respond to a Fast-Changing PR Nightmare

The Sony Pictures hacking scandal is getting ugly. The computer breach has turned into a PR nightmare for the Hollywood studio, with the company’s reputation now hanging in the balance. | MORE »

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5 of the Worst PR Scandals of 2014

Like the annual “Swallows” of Capistrano, each year brings its share of PR crises and scandals, and 2014 was no exception.  | MORE »

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4 Types of People Who Can Help Inform Your Content Marketing Strategy

Content marketing. Brand journalism. Branded content. Call it what you will, but communicators are increasingly on the hook to produce editorial-based content that can help tell their brand’s story and, with any luck, put more fannies in the seats. | MORE »

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‘YouTube Rewind’ Spotlights Viral Hits. Does Your Video Measure Up?

You may get some inspiration from YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014, a video mashup featuring some of the most popular trends of the year. | MORE »

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LeBron James Wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirt Before a Game, and Continues to Redefine his Brand

James’ move points to the increasing clout of social media—to drive action and bolster communities. “The power of social media,” he said. | MORE »

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Rolling Stone Magazine Backs Off a Tarnished Story, But Not Competely

The crisis may prove a cautionary tale for communicators on how to contain the damage when the story turns out to be wrong. | MORE »

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Hershey’s Moving Away From Corn Syrup, But Not Communicating the Move Very Well

The candy king is looking to replace the controversial ingredient it uses in its sweets, but the brand needs to communicate a lot more to consumers about the potential switch. | MORE »

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5 PR Tips for Communicating with the Media Via Email

The days of reporters and PR folks kibitzing via the telephone seem to be on the wane, as email becomes the primary mode of communication between the two parties. | MORE »

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The ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Unleashed the Trolls. Here’s How to Deal With Them in Your Space

In a social media age trolls are ready to pounce on a new product, service or performance. The latest example? The trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which rolled out last Friday and was immediately met with criticism and parodies. | MORE »

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