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PR and Media Pros Gather for AirPR and talkTech Happy Hour

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An interesting mix of PR professionals and media figures converged on the Tribeca Grand last night for AirPR and talkTech‘s Happy Hour. Greg Galant, founder of Muckrack and the Shorty Awards, stopped by, along with Daily Beast editor Ellen Kampinsky, Time reporter Courtney Subramanian and Nora Bass, co-founder of the women’s media brand Vixely.

PR and digital media pros in attendance included Rebekah Iliff, director of product for AirPR, Chathri Ali, managing partner for talkTech, Rebecca Wolfe of WPP’s Dell Team, publicist Nora Wolf of Wolf PR and AirPR CEO Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer. talkTech and AirPR host networking events at least three to four times a year in New York and other cities around the country, trying to bring together PR people, journalists, techies and media strategists to discuss the changing media landscape.

Some of last night’s discussion revolved around whether traditional PR strategies still really worked. Iliff compared AirPR’s approach to more traditional public outreach strategies:

“We create our own content. Some of my posts have been shared 4,000 or 5,000 times on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter… I think we might be reaching a lot more people than traditional pitching would.”

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After Claiming His Shorty Award, SoCal Comedian Discovers It Was Actually a Tie*

FishbowlLA hates to be the bearer of bad news. Then again, the information we passed on earlier today to local stand-up Matt Walker fits perfectly with his blogged sentiments about traveling to New York to accept on Monday the Shorty Award for Best Comedian:

In the same category as me were Jim Norton, one of the best comedians working today, and Smosh, the Sacramento based couple that make funny videos that have many orders of magnitude greater views than anything I’ve ever done online… If the award was for the best comedian that uses Twitter of this crop of finalists, then there is a clear winner, and that’s Norton. But if the award is for the comedian that uses Twitter the best of these finalists (and that’s how I believe the award is intended to be viewed), then yeah, I guess I did deserve to win.

Turns out Norton was also a winner, just not at the big NYC ceremony co-hosted by The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones. When we got in touch with Walker to ask why he was listed on the Shorty Awards website as a co-winner with Norton, it was the first he’d heard about it.

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