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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Chupick’

Military Cancels ‘Media Analyst Contract’ With Rendon Group

Kevin Baron at Stars and Stripes writes:

The U.S. military is canceling its contract with a controversial private firm that was producing background profiles of journalists seeking to cover the war that graded their past work as “positive,” “negative” or “neutral,” Stars and Stripes has learned.

“The Bagram Regional Contracting Center intends to execute a termination of the Media Analyst contract,” belonging to The Rendon Group, said Col. Wayne Shanks, chief of public affairs for International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan.

But Jason Chupick from our sister blog, PRNewser points out:

Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, military spokesperson for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said the practice of denying reporters embed positions is “flat out incorrect,” on NPR’s On the Media today.

That interview is here:

Previously on FBLA:

  • PJ Tobia Posts the Rendon Group Report On Him

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    Come Party With Us

    flacks.pngAs we head in to the long weekend, we have BBQs, fireworks and parties on the brain. So, we interrupt your holiday party planning to let you know: we’re throwing a party a everyone’s invited! Well, almost everyone.

    On July 13 we’ll be hosting a Flacks ‘n Hacks party with the WebNewser editors Joe Ciarallo and Jason Chupick and mediabistro.com’s editorial director of content Chris Ariens. Publicists and journalists will mingle at Artica Bar, take advantage of drink specials and battle each other in the ultimate Guitar Hero throwdown. And, you get to meet and hang out with us.

    You can RSVP here. Will we see you there?

    Morning Media Menu With PRNewser’s Jason Chupick

    mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we are joined by PRNewser editor Jason Chupick, who talks with us about the big PR story from the week — the Domino’s Pizza YouTube video controversy. This was the first we’d heard of it, and suffice to say we may not be ordering pizza for while.

    We also discuss YouTube’s new premium section, cost-cutting at the Times, and the genius of Ashton Kutcher (and also, maybe, CNN). As always on Fridays, we talk about What We Learned This Week (or in today’s case what NYT section loss we are most mourning). You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

    Morning Media Menu With Todd Mason of Mason Media Group

    mornmm.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’re joined by Todd Mason, CEO of Mason Media Group. We talk to Mason about the changing public relations industry — and how companies like his are adjusting to the trends. We also discuss how other outside factors, like the economy and new technology, affect the PR world.

    And, not to be missed, we opine on Rod Blagojevich‘s blossoming reality star career, and whether a third party site that allows newspapers to charge for content could be a success. You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. Coming up this week: PRNewser’s Jason Chupick.

    Digital VP at mb Panel: Social Media Lets PR Pros ‘Talk To People On A Granular Level’

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    From left: PRNewser co-editor Joe Ciarallo, Attention! PR’s Colin Nagy, MS&L’s David Binkowski, and Wired.com’s John Abell discuss how social media tools influence public relations at last night’s mediabistro.com panel.

    Public relations experts described how to maximize digital tools to boost business for their clients and for their firms last night at mediabistro.com’s “Social Media Essentials for PR” panel event at Tribeca Cinemas. PRNewser co-editors Joe Ciarallo and Jason Chupick moderated the talk, which featured Attention!PR partner Colin Nagy, Wired.com’s New York bureau chief John Abell, MS&L Digital’s “vice president of word-of-mouth” David Binkowski. The tech-savvy audience that filled the house was a-Twitter as panelists described throwing out traditional PR moves for more competitive and immediate tactics that had them reaching out to online communities, instead.

    According to Nagy, the Web isn’t just a swarm of random users. “There’s a niche for everything, and there’s an authoritative voice in that niche,” he said, advising his PR peers to “understand the sensibility of the community, and show them that you have something compelling to share with them.”

    The panelists agreed that effective online outreach can involve Web communities as varied as eBay, Craigslist, and even under-the-radar spots such as beauty site MakeupAlley. “We talk to people on a granular level,” said Binkowski, describing social media campaigns that fused market research, PR, and advertising. “If you do the word-of-mouth thing right, you’re making the pitch easier [for journalists to pick up],” he said.

    The discussion proved that when it comes to social media and public relations, it’s no longer just about Facebook and Twitter, as social media continues providing new mechanisms and tools to work with. As Abell put it, “You’ve always had to be nimble, but now you’re able to be nimble.”

    We’ve got video from the event, and Attention! PR colleague’s take on Keith O’Brien‘s switch from journalism to PR, after the jump…

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