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Pitch Travel Stories With a Strong Journalistic Hook to Roads & Kingdoms - Posted August 12, 2014
In a world of listicles and quizzes, Roads & Kingdoms, launched in 2012, seeks to fill a void in travel journalism with a focus on in-depth reporting of destinations. Instead of critiques of new hotels or a roundup of luxe resorts, Roads & Kingdoms delves into the dynamics that affect a... [10,000 Words]

What You Need to Know About Canada's Crazy New Anti-Spam Law - Posted July 2, 2014
Did you know that yesterday was Canada Day? Did you also know what, while everyone from Google to PR ... [FishbowlDC]

Best World Cup Coverage Around the Web - Posted June 26, 2014
If you don't have soccer fever yet, I feel sorry for you. It's the one sport I can actually tolerate, and thanks to an extended overseas stint, know how to watch. With the World Cup playing on every television screen I walk by, it's hard to not feel like there's a... [10,000 Words]

TurboTax Wants Your Filing Process to Be As Difficult As Possible - Posted April 15, 2014
Of course everyone dislikes filing taxes. The fact that we have to do so once a year is one of the main reasons so many Americans have low opinions of government--at least in the abstract. And yet, the whole process might be easier were it not for the interference of...the people... [FishbowlDC]

Privacy Groups Respond To WhatsApp Founder/CEO Jan Koum's Blog Post With Updated FTC Filing - Posted March 21, 2014
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy -- which filed a ... [AllFacebook]

STUDY: Media, Tech and Entertainment Fields Still Dominated by Men - Posted February 19, 2014
Some things, unfortunately, do not change Well, this one's a bit of a downer: despite all the news of women making progress in the corporate world and the rise of women in leadership positions within the public relations industry, the media... [FishbowlDC]

AOL's Tim Armstrong Gives Sincere Apologies - Posted February 11, 2014
Or so says Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times in the first episode of his planned series #ApologyWatch (and yes, we know that others used the hashtag before him). ... [FishbowlDC]

How to Stop the Online Harassment of Female Journalists - Posted January 31, 2014
"Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head." That's a tweet Slate writer Amanda Hess received from her stalker. Unfortunately, Hess' situation is no... [10,000 Words]

THIS JUST IN: Grilling BBQ Is Gonna Kill You - Posted January 27, 2014
This can't be good PR for the beef and barbecue industry, everyone that sells barbecue and fried foods, and the aficionados of all things thereof. I should know -- I am one of those beloved people, equipped with the XXL grill in the backyard, devotee of BBQ sauce drizzling on my "Kiss... [FishbowlDC]

Here's Why Your Facebook Engagement Numbers Are Way Down - Posted January 20, 2014
One fact we didn't know: the average Facebook user still shares nearly four posts every day. One fact we did know: no one sees any of those posts anymore, especially if that user happens to be a client who doesn't care to pay for each update. We'll let blogger Derek Muller explain why... [FishbowlDC]

Tell Us More About How 'White' Santa Claus Is, Megyn Kelly - Posted December 13, 2013
Last night Jon Stewart went off on Fox News "rising star" Megyn Kelly for taking a moment to remind all the 6-year-old news hounds who watch her 10PM show that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white men, and that's a fact so they should just freaking deal with it. ... [FishbowlDC]

Thanksgivukkah: Best or Worst Marketing Stunt of the Year? - Posted November 25, 2013
We honestly can't decide, especially after reading this perfectly trollish Slate piece calling... [GalleyCat]

Is Kosovo An Official State? Facebook Says Yes - Posted November 21, 2013
It is often said that life events such as relationships, enga... [AllFacebook]

Jennifer Weiner to Jonathan Franzen: Twitter Isn't Evil and All Writers Are 'Self-Promoters' - Posted September 20, 2013
How do we classify a popular novelist's Twitter feed: is it marketing? personal branding? public relations? It's a bit of a grey area. But, as Jennifer Weiner so politely told Jonathan Franzen this week, social media is a necessary tool for... [FishbowlDC]

ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Reaches Deal With Facebook For Content From New APIs - Posted September 16, 2013
"Dancing with the Stars," ... [AllFacebook]

NOT SAFE FOR WORK: Which Curse Words Are The Most Popular On Facebook? - Posted September 12, 2013
This post is most definitely not safe for work: Slate tapped the ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Releases Two APIs That Allow News Organizations To Tap Into Its Real-Time Public Posts - Posted September 9, 2013
Twitter has company in the real-time news-related social media arena, as Facebook Monday announced... [AllFacebook]

Teens Haven't Really Abandoned Facebook - Posted August 14, 2013
Yes, your 13-year-old cousin is totally over Facebook. Yes, she wrote about that fact on Mashable. But that doesn't mean that you should sell all the stock you bought last year. More importantly,... [FishbowlDC]

The Return On Jeff Bezos' Investment In "The Washington Post" Could Be Huge - Posted August 7, 2013
Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post reconfirms that the newspaper industry is hurting, that the media industry is still in a state of flu... [FishbowlDC]

The Most Offensive Marketing Pitch Ever? Beheading Labeled 'Ad Revenue Opportunity' - Posted July 10, 2013
Slate writer David Plotz is calling a recent email he received the "most offensive marketing pitch of all time." After r... [FishbowlDC]

Facebook's Best Practices for Journos: Optimize Graph Tags, and Your Editorial Staff - Posted May 9, 2013
When Facebook released their Best Practices guide for media last wee... [10,000 Words]

How Did Slate Double Its Facebook Referrals? - Posted May 2, 2013
Journalists were all about Facebook Wednesday, as the company conducted its first-quarter ear... [AllFacebook]

SexCereal and Bacon Condoms: Because No Pitch Is Too Dumb - Posted April 12, 2013
If you ever find yourself responsible for promoting a client whose hook is just too dumb to pitch, we'd like you to know that it can't true. Don't believe us? Consider the recent media coverage of SexCereal and Bacon Condoms, two products clearly designed to inspire headlines (and little else). Neither of... [FishbowlDC]

Edelman's Content Strategist Explains the New 'Content Marketing' Model - Posted March 29, 2013
This week we posted on Weber Shandwick's decision to publicize its new content-creation wing, Mediaco, and what that means for th... [FishbowlDC]

How Do You Respond To Trolls? You Don't. - Posted March 4, 2013
Do you read the comment thread on your articles and columns? Sometimes, when a piece gets lots of social media attention, it's hard not to. It's even been suggested that depending on the tone of a comment thread,... [10,000 Words]

Separated at Birth: The Sen. Ted Cruz Edition - Posted February 1, 2013
The confirmation hearing for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense got pretty heated on Thursday. Senators joined forces to hammer Hagel with tough questions about past statements and whether or not he wanted to adopt Israel as the 51st state. (Or something like that.) One of the loudest voices that pr... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Separated at Birth: The Sen. Ted Cruz Edition - Posted February 1, 2013
The confirmation hearing for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense got pretty heated on Thursday. Senators joined forces to hammer Hagel with tough questions about past statements and whether or not he wanted to adopt Israel as the 51st state. (Or something like that.) One of the loudest voices that pr... [FishbowlNY]

Featured in Features - Posted November 27, 2012
It's time to take a swing through the cluttered pages of D.C.'s features and lifestyle sections to see what's making waves. Porn Stars Aren't As Damaged As We Thought - According to this ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Featured in Features - Posted November 27, 2012
It's time to take a swing through the cluttered pages of D.C.'s features and lifestyle sections to see what's making waves. Porn Stars Aren't As Damaged As We Thought - According to this ... [FishbowlNY]

Featured in Features - Posted October 31, 2012
Today we're checking up on what's Washington's feature and lifestyle stories... Local gay author scared to write at night profiled by MetroWeekly-- Lee Hayes, a gay author who lives in Brandywine, Md., tells W... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Featured in Features - Posted October 31, 2012
Today we're checking up on what's Washington's feature and lifestyle stories... Local gay author scared to write at night profiled by MetroWeekly-- Lee Hayes, a gay author who lives in Brandywine, Md., tells W... [FishbowlNY]

'Optimal': Weigel a Casualty of Twitter's Short Fuse - Posted October 19, 2012
Slate's Dave Weigel committed the cardinal sin of modern politics. He asked Twitter to calm down. During President Obama's taped appearance on the Daily Show Thursday, two White House pool ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

'Optimal': Weigel a Casualty of Twitter's Short Fuse - Posted October 19, 2012
Slate's Dave Weigel committed the cardinal sin of modern politics. He asked Twitter to calm down. During President Obama's taped appearance on the Daily Show Thursday, two White House pool ... [FishbowlNY]

Roll Call: Ogilvy PR, Sunset, Bloomsbury and More - Posted September 26, 2012
Ogilvy PR/Chicago has appointed Heather Wilson executive vice president and director of the agency's Chicago Corporate Group. Wilson joined the company on September 17, moving from Weber Shandwick where she ran the West Coa... [FishbowlDC]

Are You Suspicious For Not Being On Facebook? - Posted August 7, 2012
When Facebook first launched and opened up to college students throughout the country, you were considered cool if you had access to the social ... [AllFacebook]

Word to Semantic Web Startups: The JOBS Act Is On - Posted March 28, 2012
If there's one thing the Semantic Web arena is full of, it is start-ups. In fact, the slew of creative and innovative ideas out there coming from young companies is one of the reasons for the first Start-Up Competition to be held at the Semantic Tech & Business... [semanticweb.com]

Slate Launches 'MySlate' - Posted January 30, 2012
It's easy to get bogged down with too much information when you spend all day online. You start out wanting to read about Greece's new austerity measures and halfway through you check Twitter, find an article on the "alluring" ... [FishbowlLA]

Revolving Door: Hurricane Irene Coverage, Slate, Romenesko, and More - Posted August 25, 2011
[caption id="attachment_26392" align="alignleft" width="307" caption="Hurricane Irene Photo: NOAA"][/caption] ... [FishbowlDC]

Slate, The Week, Foreign Policy Post Record Traffic in May - Posted June 2, 2011
More good stuff from news-packed May: Slate and the websites for The Week and Foreign Policy set record traffic marks. For Slate.com, it s... [FishbowlLA]

Journalism, Social Media and PR: An Interview with Romey Louangvilay - Posted April 21, 2011
The context of social media in journalism today cannot be ignored. Several mainstream media organizations such as The Guardian, Slate, and The New Yo... [10,000 Words]

Slate Updates iPad App - Posted January 6, 2011
Slate launched an update to its iPad app that addresses what it said were its users' two most common requests: the ability to save articles, and support for Instapaper. The update to the magazine's original iPad app, which ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Slate Widget Allows Users to See if Their Gawker Accounts Were Hacked - Posted December 13, 2010
Slate has a handy tool for Gawker readers who are concerned about whether their email addresses were compromised in the ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Slate V Debuts Trending News Channel Video Blog - Posted December 7, 2010
Slate V launched a new video blog, Trending News Channel, which features two to three short videos per day detailing "the more shrug-worthy news items trending each day." Trending News Channel is being run by Slate V executive producers Bill Smee... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

The Tea Party Movement in Four Minutes - Posted November 5, 2010
Slate has broken down the history of the Tea Party movement into a simple, short, not entirely depressing video. Take notes. ... [FishbowlLA]

Slate V Gets All Up in Your Business - Posted October 1, 2010
Comedian Iliza Vie Shlesinger is channeling her very best Maria Bartiromo for Slate V, hosting Up in Your Business, a weekly series... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Slate Editor David Plotz on Motivation, Politics, Ideology, and a 50-Foot-Tall Michelle Obama - Posted September 29, 2010
... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Outgoing Slate Writer: "People Rarely Leave" - Posted September 23, 2010
After eight years, Slate writer Daniel Gross has decided to try a new venture as a columnist for Yahoo Finance. But as he departed, he wrote quite the exit post. It's not odd in that h... [MediaJobsDaily]

Reuters Snatches Former The Big Money Head James Ledbetter - Posted September 13, 2010
James Ledbetter landed the job of running Reuters.com just two months after business/economy site ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Simon Doonan Taking His Snooki Coverage to Slate - Posted September 1, 2010
Simon Doonan, the Barneys creative director and New York Observer columnist who recently revealed a possible ... [FishbowlDC]

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