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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.

For Better or Worse, the Most Typical Expressions Used in PR

One of the inherent strengths among PR professionals is writing. Nothing like, good, clean copy, in which the message is crystalline and jargon-free. But we all succumb to clichés, particularly when it comes to how to describe the PR industry.
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The Yin and Yang of Social Media

I love Yelp. Not because I’m a foodie or a big restaurant goer, but for its reviews. Whatever the establishment—whether it’s a new Bobby Flay creation or garden-variety diner—you can easily find wildly divergent views of the same restaurant, which makes for some entertaining reading. For one person, the meal is so deliciously good that […] | MORE »

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Jonah Hill’s Apology: ‘Use Me as an Example of What Not to Do’

When celebrities apologize for bad behavior or hateful language, sometimes it seems like they’re more sorry for getting caught. Not so Jonah Hill. Last weekend, Hill was caught video using a gay slur
directed at a paparazzo, and on Tuesday the actor went on “The Tonight Show” to face the music head-on.
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PR Tips for Harnessing Instagram and Pinterest

“Nobody reads anymore.” The comment was invoked Tuesday morning during PR News’ Social Media Summit (with a Taste of Tech). And while the statement betrays a slight exaggeration, there’s little doubt that visual storytelling is starting to encroach on the written word when it comes to the most effective way to get your messages out.
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How Not to Er, ‘Pitch,’ Like 50 Cent

Don’t lose the day job, 50 Cent. The rapper, also known as Curtis Jackson, tossed out the first pitch at Citi Field Tuesday night. If you can call it that. But it was all in good fun, a circuitous reminder for communicators and PR pros on the right way to, er, “pitch.” | MORE »

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5 Ways for PR Pros to Think Like Journalists

It’s a perennial in the PR field: If you want to stoke any interest in your media pitches, you have to think more like a journalist. But the theory doesn’t always translate into practice.
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5 Tips on Using the Magic of Live Video in Your Media Strategy

YouTube is on the cusp of acquiring of Twitch, the largest video game live-streaming network, for a $1 billion, according to reports. The deal is another indication of the growing power of streaming video as a communication tool. | MORE »

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Target CMO Sends a Powerful Message to PR Field

Rumors continue to swirl that Target CMO Jeff Jones may be named as the company’s new CEO. Target is looking to fill the top slot after it announced earlier this month that CEO Greg Steinhafel had stepped down. Steinhafel’s departure was precipitated by a massive security breach late last year in which hackers may have […] | MORE »

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Chipotle’s Stance on Guns in its Restaurants Creates PR Challenge

Chipotle is asking its customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants after gun rights advocates brought assault rifles into one of its locations in Texas. | MORE »

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5 Steps That Disappointing Public Speakers Often Neglect

It’s an occupational hazard for PR pros. They make sure that reporters and other media reps will cover a major speech that the CEO is delivering at an industry conference. Key employees are invited, as well. It’s the brand’s turn to shine. Until the CEO commits a flub that makes the audience scratch its collective head. | MORE »

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