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Relationship & Tension With Cuba Lessens But How Will That Impact Journalists?

flagIn today’s historic agreement between our country and Cuba, relations with that country  have certainly made strides.

In addition to easing up on travel restrictions (not for tourists but primarily for humanitarian, religious, cultural or athletic purposes), it sounds like journalism restrictions will be eased up as well. Per a blog post on the Society of Professional Journalists’ site, strict entrance requirements for journalists on assignment have been in place since 1961.

President Obama revealed in today’s broadcast overall, “These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It’s time for a new approach.”

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Sony Email Hack Reminds Us of the Number One Rule Regarding Emails…

no emailDon’t ever put anything in writing you wouldn’t be comfortable seeing on the cover of The Wall Street Journal. Seriously. And in the case of the Sony email hacks, this couldn’t be more spot on.

It seems like as each day passes, there’s yet another damaging headline ripped from email exchanges between Sony execs whether it’s about President Obama, Angelina Jolie or Leonardo DiCaprio. With each new development there’s a blatant reminder about the rules of email.

Sure, you may not be a top executive at a major studio but regardless of your level, regardless of your company, regardless of everything, you matter. Your words matter — spoken, written, all of the above.

And we know you already know this but the Sony incident is an excellent example of a reminder to this point. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an all hands meeting is scheduled today at Sony to discuss the matter out in the open, internally. Read more

The White House Confronts Gender Wage Gap Issue on National Equal Pay Day

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President Obama has signed two executive orders today to narrow the wage gap between men and women.

The first one prohibits federal workers from retaliating against other federal workers who discuss their paychecks. In addition, he directed the Labor Department to create rules for a new requirement of federal contractors to provide  compensation data by race and gender.

Despite the news, even the White House isn’t immune to the gender wage gap on National Equal Pay Day. Per press secretary Jay Carney, women at the White House earn 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Sigh.

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Will Recent State of the Union Address Change Employment Prospects for Unemployed?

american flagThis week a reader in The New York Post asked an interesting question relating to last week’s State of the Union Address.

Considering President Obama mentioned adopting hiring processes to prevent biases for the unemployed, will it really work? Read more

Unemployment Benefits Expire for 1.3 Million Americans

moneyToday is certainly not a good day for the long-term unemployed.

As of today, 1.3 million Americans are impacted as they’re cut off from unemployment benefits.

Fox News and the Associated Press report President Obama has reached out to two senators with his support in their proposal to expend the jobless aid for three months.

In a statement, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated:

“This morning, the President placed separate telephone calls to Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller to offer his support for their proposal to extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months. The President said his administration would, as it has for several weeks now, push Congress to act promptly and in bipartisan fashion to address this urgent economic priority.” Read more

Four Ways to Declutter Your Day

Since our piece about the merit of having messy workspaces hit a chord (see, I told you we would unite), this one on AOL hit home, too.

We could all declutter, right? Some more than others but with a flew slight tweaks you may find your day is less “messy” indeed. Read more

Three Lessons Learned From Roger Ebert’s Career

By now you’ve probably heard that Roger Ebert passed away yesterday in Chicago. Having dealt with cancer and health-related issues head on since 2002, there’s no doubt he made a mark in journalism and fought ’til the very end. Here are several things we can learn from Ebert’s illustrious career.

1. Become your own brand. Before this even became en vogue, Ebert was already doing it. When you thought of movie critics and columnists back in the day, there’s no doubt his name would come to mind. And depending on your generation, perhaps his show, Siskel & Ebert At the Movies, would come to mind. Or how about the ubiquitous thumbs up or thumbs down approach regarding a movie?

As per The New York Times obituary, President Obama said in a statement, “For a generation of Americans — especially Chicagoans — Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.”

Again, he was a brand: “Roger was the movies.” Read more

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Road Tripping with Obama and Watching McDonald’s McSitcoms

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we go on the road with President Obama, call dibs on #Occupy spots, sample the new McTV menu at McDonald’s, and… there was one more thing… oh yeah, the World Series.

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