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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.

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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The End of Garden-Variety Conferences Is Nigh (or Should Be)

I was watching a New York Knicks game recently when Carmelo Anthony sank a three-point bucket to tie the game. Melo jumped for joy, as the Madison Square Garden crowd roared with approval. A guy sitting courtside (probably in his late 30s or early 40s) leaped out of his seat to revel in the moment, […] | MORE »

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5 PR Tips on Crafting a Compelling Biography

More often than not, reading a typical corporate biography is the equivalent of watching paint dry. It’s a lost (and low-cost) opportunity to enhance the value of PR. | MORE »

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3 PR Tips for Making the Most of Twitter

Communicators need to be careful with how they carry themselves on Twitter and make sure their presence on the social network 1) holds appeal for the media and b) reflects well on their own brand. | MORE »

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An Uber Exec’s Case Study in Bad PR

PR pros, take note: For most any corporate executive, going after his or her media critics is usually a no-win proposition. | MORE »

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Connecting Your Brand to the Comet Landing Shouldn’t Be Too Cosmic

As scientists cheer and the media celebrate, brand managers may consider the best way to get in on the action of the Philae landing. Buyer beware. | MORE »

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Is Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘I-Don’t-Participate’ Social Media Strategy For Real?

While we would not advise brands and organizations to avoid social media platforms altogether, Lawrence’s decision could inspire companies to be a bit more selective with the kind of content that they post on their social channels. | MORE »

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5 PR Tips for Writing Speeches That Are Sure to Engage the Audience

For PR execs—regardless of whether they work in public affairs—speechwriting and/or ghostwriting is an increasingly critical aspect of communications. | MORE »

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