Posted by Eric Starkman
Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Words Can REALLY Hurt You
I recently had drinks with a very prominent journalist – never mind his name, trust me, he's a biggie – who made a rather remarkable admission: "I rarely give interviews to reporters and when I do it's always via email because I want a paper trail of exactly what I said. Reporters never get it right." He then went on to tell me about a colleague of his who staunchly believes that the only time you should talk to a reporter is when you are promoting a book.
That conversation was in the back of my head the other day when I saw an article in the New York Observer about Joanne Lipman, the embattled editor of the much-hyped new business magazine Portfolio, and again while reading New York magazine's current piece on Matt Drudge. Neither journalist, of course realizing they were in the crosshairs, granted a verbal interview. "Ms. Lipman would only respond to questions by e-mailing a statement," the Observer noted in its article, and the other one talks about how the reporter tried unsuccessfully to get in contact with Mr. Drudge for the piece.
If there's a kernel of truth to the journalism tenet that three makes a trend, then it is worth noting that at least that many of the best and the brightest journalists prefer to interact with their professional brethren by keeping their mouths shut and their typing fingers busy, at least when the news isn't pretty.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewsSpreader/ -- To keep up with the radical changes happening in the PR business, McGrath/Power Public Relations (MP) made a startling announcement today. To accommodate the enormous growth the agency experienced in 2006, the agency is on the move.
Outstripping Thorp & Co. of Coral Gables, Florida, for the 105th spot in O'Dwyer's Agency Rankings, MP has moved from 3945 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara to 333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose.
According to our sources, staff and the firm's clients are presently adjusting to the transition. They now: Head East on Freedom Circle toward Mission College Boulevard; Turn right at Mission College Boulevard; Turn right at Montague Expressway; Take the ramp onto US-101 South; Take the Guadalupe Pkwy/CA-87 exit; Slight left at CA-87 S/Guadalupe Pkwy; Take the Park Avenue exit toward CA-82/San Carlos Street; Turn left at Park; Turn right at South Almaden Boulevard; and then turn right at West San Carlos Street. The change is a little over seven miles.
Jonathan Bloom, CEO of McGrath/Power, said: "Reflecting back on our 25 years, we see this move as just the next step in the evolution of the agency. We are excited to mark this milestone with new facilities, and look forward to the continued growth and expansion of the agency."
In conjunction with the move and to "usher in a new era," the agency is also unveiling a new corporate logo. According to the press announcement, the re-branded logo is "representative of the evolution of the agency and the technology industry as a whole."
EDITOR'S NOTE: The agency's telephone number remains the same: (408) 727-0351.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
We are just getting word so bear with us: The August 28 luncheon meeting of the Raleigh Public Relations Society (RPRS) apparently will now feature the winners of the 2007 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication.
As you are aware, the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards competition is held annually by RPSR to showcase work by PRs throughout North Carolina.
Next Tuesday, representatives from Capstrat, Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, The Catevo Group, French/West/Vaughan, and Kelly MarCom are expected to make an appearance. Sources are also telling us that besides discussing their award-winning projects, the presenters intend to share ideas and inspiration with event attendees.
The event is scheduled to happen between 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bogart's American Grill, 510 Glenwood Avenue, in scenic downtown Raleigh. If you’re coming, please RSVP the lovely Kelly Hubbard, hospitality chair at firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday.
Cost to attend is $12 for members and $20 for guests and is payable at the door.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Lunch is included in the price of admission. Attendees will have a choice of: Grilled Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, onion rings, and mushroom gravy; Grilled Tuna Salad served over fresh greens; and Chicken Salad Wrap served with fresh fruit.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
Yesterday, Edelman’s effete uber geek, blog and gadget savant Steve Rubel proclaimed that we are at the dawn of a new era. What follows is the gist of his post “In the Cut and Paste Era, Traffic Happens Elsewhere." Then, of course, my thoughts.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Special thanks to Thomas Williams for the snippet of his beautiful digital art.
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