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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 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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The Weather Channel’s Stormy Response to a Complaint on Twitter

On Tuesday communicators got a case study on how not to rehabilitate one’s image, compliments of Donald Sterling’s bizarre interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Now, via The Weather Channel, we offer PR pros another key lesson: how not to respond to complaints on Twitter. | MORE »

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5 Social Media Tips To Avoid Twitter’s Dreaded Mute Button

Getting weary from those folks you follow on Twitter who are constantly reminding you of what they just eat, who they saw and what they’re about to do? Take a deep breath. Twitter on Monday rolled out a muting feature, which keeps you from seeing any Twitter activity from the person you just muted. | MORE »

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3 PR Tips on How to Enhance Your Media Training

It’s one area of communications that requires a delicate touch: sitting down with C-level executives for some hands-on media training.  | MORE »

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