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Can You Define Public Relations in Three Words or Fewer?

May 2, 2013

In a previous blog post (“What the Heck is Public Relations?”), I noted that even though we’re supposed to be communications professionals, we’ve done a miserable job defining what we do.

Here’s a chance to remedy that.  Tell me how you would define public relations.  Leave a comment on my blog or in a discussion group.

Careercast Survey: Being A Garbage Collector Is Better Than Being A Reporter

May 3, 2013

As a former newspaper reporter, I’m thankful every day that I left print journalism and have been able to run my own business for more than 20 years.

I became even more thankful after reading that careercast.com ranked being a reporter as the worst job in the world.  Well, maybe not the worst.  The survey included only 200 jobs.  I didn’t see honey dipper or bomb squad specialist on the list.

What’s An “Activist”?

May 6, 2013

Journalists go wobbly over use of the term “terrorist,” but not so when it comes to the word “activist.”

For many journalists, there is nothing nobler than the activist, who, in their mind, is devoting his or her life to a chosen cause.  It’s not a real job title, but journalists use it anyway.  Activist is code for “good guy.”

Another Blow to Small Businesses

May 7, 2013

Small businesses today are fighting to survive.  If the U.S. Senate has its way, many won’t.

By an astounding vote of 69-27, the U.S. Senate today passed another tax hike – one that will require even the smallest online businesses to track and charge sales and use taxes based on the country’s 9,600 different taxing authorities.

Trial of Mass Murderer Goes Uncovered

May 8, 2013

How does a story about the trial of a mass murderer – someone who is alleged to have killed hundreds – not make it into the mainstream press?

The only logical answer is that media bias is alive and well.

How Much Entertainment Can $3.6 Billion Buy?

May 9, 2013

The National Mortgage Settlement may not be solving the housing crisis, but it’s providing plenty of entertainment.

Under the terms of the settlement, some of the country’s largest mortgage lenders are paying out $3.6 billion to former homeowners whose homes they foreclosed on.

As we previously reported, some of the checks from third-party vendor Rust Consulting have bounced.  So first homeowners were foreclosed on, then they received checks from their banks that bounced.

Attention Startups: Don’t Hire A PR Agency

May 9, 2013

Attention entrepreneurs … “nothing could be more dumb (sic) than throwing your hard-earned venture capital money at a public relations firm.”

So says Kevin Leu, a PR specialist himself who worked in-house with PR agencies before founding GirlsOnAMap.com.  In an article in Venturebeat, he concluded that using venture funding to hire an agency is about as smart as allowing your company to be acquired by Groupon in an all-stock transition for five reasons:

One Space Will Do

May 10, 2013

In a previous post, I bemoaned the missing space.

Having been taught at an early age that a sentence ends with two spaces, I was critical about the lack of respect two spacers get.

Defining “Public Relations” – Part 2

May 10, 2013

In a recent post, I asked readers to define “public relations” in three words or fewer.

In addition to the comments on my blog, the post has received 75 comments so far on the Public Relations and Communications Professionals LinkedIn Group.  Some of the responses are quite good.  Here are a few examples:

To Three Mothers

May 12, 2013

My Mom

“What are your plans for Thanksgiving?” my mother asked on a Saturday in November.

“Mom, Thanksgiving was Thursday.  We picked you up, brought you to our house for dinner, then brought you home.”

My mother, at 85, no longer remembers what day it is, but she still remembers me and she remembers my sister.  She is happiest when she asks about her grandchildren, even if she can’t remember that my oldest son is married and that she attended the wedding two-and-a-half years ago.  Or that my youngest son is not married, but has long since graduated from college.