PR in a Tabloid World

November 8, 2016
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Designated Spokesperson

A few episodes into Designated Survivor, Scott found a teaching moment for those who deal with the media. Click the link to get his thoughts.
September 21, 2016
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What PR Pros Could Learn from Survivor

Alison – a long-time Survivor fan girl – was inspired by PRGN agency partner Buchanan Public Relation’s recent blog post detailing some of the key characteristics shared by successful “Survivor” players and PR professionals. She shares theirs in this link – and adds a few of her own.
September 15, 2016
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Targeting…a new Target Audience

For those not following every single crumb of news about the NFL 24/7, yesterday Goodell announced that the league’s “Play Safe Play Smart” initiative to counter head injuries will invest an additional $100 million in medical research and new technology to keep players safe. But here is the thing – he didn’t do it on ESPN. He didn’t do it on FOX Sports. Shoot, he didn’t even do it on his own NFL Network. Instead, he “wrote” an open letter to the Wall Street Journal that published yesterday, and then he gave an exclusive interview to Matt Lauer on the Today Show, also yesterday. Clearly, someone (ahem, Goodell!) has been reading the HMA blog! Click the link to see why.
September 14, 2016
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The Media on Media

Abbie came across an article about a month ago in New York magazine detailing the results of a survey of 113 colleagues working in print, television, and digital media, “asking that they use the opportunity to air their grievances and bare their souls.” She shares some of their responses – as well as her own. Click on the link to read the entire post, and would love you to share your thoughts as well.
August 30, 2016
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And the Nominees Are…

Last night, during a swanky affair hosted by The Camby in Phoenix (as well as at sister celebrations across our region in Tucson, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff and Albuquerque), our chapter announced the 2016 Rocky Mountain Emmy nominees, the best and brightest in their field, each of whom are now eligible to take home the coveted Emmy Award at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Emmy Gala, taking place on Saturday, October 8 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale and hosted by comedian and actor David Koechner. Click the link to see the full list of nominees!
August 24, 2016
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Informalization of Live Reports

The broadcast journalism professors, news directors and news consultants who guide TV news reporters have gone too far in pushing conversational dialogue in reporters - says Scott. And that is just the beginning. Read the rest of his thoughts on this topic by clicking the link.
July 26, 2016
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In Like Flint

A few weeks ago, Abbie and I happened to both be working remotely from our respective homes over the weekend. Happy to get my project in to her for review, I noted in an email that the data was “in like Flint,” a slang term I love to use whenever I complete a task or get something important done lighting fast. Abbie’s response knocked my socks off.
July 14, 2016
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The Bandwagon PR of Pokémon Go

Yes, I have the Pokémon Go app on my phone and you might be wondering why. As many of you know, I have a nine-year-old son, Aiden, who is obsessed with Pokémon, so of course, I have the app. But let’s be clear it is only on my phone because his iPad only has wifi and so he can basically only use it at home. But the point of this blog post isn’t about Pokémon Go, but more about how others are jumping on the Pokémon Go bandwagon for their own brands’ benefit. You may recall that in December of last year, I wrote “May the PR Force Be With You,” about brands jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon. The new Star Wars movie was a big deal, but I encouraged organizations to take a look at their brand before deciding to jump on a bandwagon. So imagine my (kind of) surprise when yesterday I came across a blog post from PR Week, “How brands are using the Pokémon Go craze to 'catch 'em all',” which was all about brands jumping on the Pokémon bandwagon. And just like with Star Wars there were some brands that it makes sense to be involved with Pokémon and there are others that it made no sense at all. Just because every other brand is doing it doesn’t mean your brand should as well.
July 12, 2016
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Getting Catty about PR

As the resident “cat person” in the office, I had to smile when I saw Cision’s recent blog post titled “When It Comes to PR, Be […]
June 9, 2016
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Where Is The Freedom of Press?

Where is the most press-freedom in the world? This map from Washington, D.C.'s Newseum shows which countries have a free press (green), which are semi-free (yellow) […]
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