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Ready, Train, Fire: Preparing to Face Traditional & Citizen Journalists

Media relations is a prime component of public relations, but it largely encompasses proactively engaging journalists to get coverage. When the tables are turned and communicators (or their clients) are in the media spotlight answering … | MORE »

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Media Training in the Blogosphere

The concept of training executives to face traditional media is nothing new; many communications professionals have tried-and-true strategies that they dust off and update when an interview opportunity arises. But the emerging (and rapidly metastasizing) … | MORE »

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Starting Your E-Mail Newsletter Campaign

Before you start any type of marketing or advertising campaign, you need a plan. You don’t have to put together a 200-plus-page document outlining all your goals and objectives, but you do need to define … | MORE »

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Screening Job Candidates on Social Networks

According to a nationwide survey of employers conducted by CareerBuilder.com, 22% of hiring managers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 11% in 2006.  Additional findings include: •    9% of hiring managers … | MORE »

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 Podcasting Still Waiting in the Wings

As gadgets with digital audio capabilities proliferate, podcast downloading continues to increase, according to August 2008 research conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project. In 2006, Pew reported that popular podcast directory Podcast Alley … | MORE »

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How to Communicate With an Ombudsman

Communications executives have an increasing number of tools in their arsenals with the advent of digital media. These are in addition to their old reliable media pitching techniques. While all of these options make media … | MORE »

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Get Going: Early Lessons for Going Green Before Internal & External Audiences

“Going green” is such a loaded phrase that it deserves some brief clarification. “Going green” is not a scientific phrase; it is vague enough to be deceptive. Decisions concerning the environment always involve trade-offs and … | MORE »

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Speech-Writing Lessons From the Trenches

Tis the season to hear speeches. It’s all too clear right now that a well-written speech delivered with the right mix of rhetorical passion and inflection has the power to stir crowds and change public … | MORE »

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Three Ways to Grow Your Green Business

The past year has seen a mass proliferation of businesses "going green" in an effort to conserve energy. Then there are those that are establishing their operations as eco-friendly from the group up. For the … | MORE »

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Packaging the Perfect Media Message

Most media people have policies against receiving gifts.  But there is one gift that all of them welcome: a great story idea. Great stories get attention and can lead to promotions, awards and prestige.  That’s … | MORE »

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