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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.

PR and the Importance of Pressing the Flesh

It’s a function of living in an increasingly digital age: The more time we spend in front of a computer screen, the more motivated we are to get out into the field, press the flesh and talk to colleagues belly to belly. This is particularly true for PR pros and communicators when it comes to professional development.
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When it Comes to Branding, April Fools’ Day is no Joke

It’s April Fools’ Day today, the day that brands and organizations can poke a little fun at their fans and followers or, better yet, themselves, without fear of recrimination. At the same time, April Fools’ Day reminds us that using humor to communicate a message can be serious business. | MORE »

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2 Key PR Skills Needed to Advance in an Organization

Used to be, PR pros were called only after a marketing campaign was fully baked and asked to knock out a press release and work with the media to get the message out. No longer. These days, the currency for communicators lies in strategic decision-making, as indicated by PR News’ 2014 Salary Survey. | MORE »

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5 Misconceptions about Millennials

The rap on Millennials, or people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, is that they are narcissists with an overwhelming sense of entitlement and an underwhelming work ethic. | MORE »

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Social Media Paradox: Number of Likes & Followers Don’t Mean Much, and How Can I Get More?

“Likes” and “followers” remain two of the top metrics that PR pros look to when they track their social media campaigns. Unfortunately, the law of diminishing returns kicked in on those indices a while ago. | MORE »

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The Knicks Should Make Jackson PR Director, too

For the past few years, the New York Knicks have put on a clinic on how not to conduct media relations. With Jim Dolan at the helm, Knicks’ brass has valued secrecy more than storytelling. They prefer to hide from the media rather than face the fallout from nearly a decade and a half of […] | MORE »

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3 Key PR Disciplines Needed to Climb the Company Ladder

Social media has quickly moved to the top of the PR food chain. Sure, communicators have to know their way around social platforms and what distinguishes one social channel from another. But if PR pros want to advance within their organization—and land bigger salaries—they should reconsider some of the profession’s more traditional skillsets.
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What Makes a Great PR Employee? Let Us Count the Ways

In the PR field, an effective employee knows how to pitch a story, cultivate relationships with the media and knock out a press release that stakeholders are going to want to read. But there are other facets that make a great employee, and transcend the day-to-day operation, as indicated by an informal inquiry of PR News’ audience. | MORE »

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Guinness Sends a Message on St. Patrick’s Day

Guinness USA has joined a growing list of major beer brands to boycott the St. Patrick Day’s parade in New York because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded. The brewer waited till pretty much the last minute to make its announcement, ensuring that the message surrounding the boycott would get maximum impact with the public. | MORE »

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3 Ways to Gauge the Benefits of New Social Networks

They’re breeding. In the last couple of years, social networks have started to proliferate in a big way, coursing through the brains of communicators who are still trying to figure out how to monetize some of the original social channels à la Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. New social networks and apps are coming fast and […] | MORE »

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