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Patrick Coffee

I write stuff for Mediabistro and NYMag.com, do freelance consulting work, and waste time on Twitter. You can send me pitches at patrick (at) mediabistro (dot) com or use the anonymous tip box.

Wikipedia Reveals Which Pages Were Edited Most in 2014

Following Facebook and YouTube, Wikipedia is the latest major web property to weigh in on 2014, the year that was. Their approach, however, is even more relevant to PR and assorted sockpuppets: which pages received the most edits over the past year?

That was a great rundown of the year in Things, wasn’t it?

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The Ticker: The Interview; Sony Hack Ethics; Year in Corrections; And More

Five Firms Share Their Holiday Cards

It’s mid-December, and we all know what that means: holiday greetings from firms to their clients and media contacts. We’ve already featured Christmas videos from Coyne PR and Solomon McCown, and here’s a roundup of the e-cards we’ve received so far. Stick with us til the end…the last one is great.

First, here’s one from our friends at Chicago-area firm JSH&A, who recently shared a handy infographic on the top 5 social marketing trends for 2015 (check it out if you missed it).

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Nice quote! More after the jump.

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STUDY: What Do Americans Care About Most This Christmas?

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A week ago we published a consumer survey and infographic from our friends at SHIFT Communications that detailed shopping trends for Christmas 2014 as well as some helpful pitching tips from the firm’s VP of Marketing Technology Chris Penn.

Today we have the results of a different sort of research project by another local firm: MWW.

Last week the firm released the results of 2014′s Matter More Project, or “one of the largest known studies of American life priorities today.” While its results may not surprise you, they will almost certainly encourage you.

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Which Firm Will Represent Cuba?

In case you missed it, the big news in politics today is that the United States is re-establishing relations with Communist Cuba after decades of isolation.

Here’s the video of the morning conference via CNN:

The “new chapter” mentioned by the president comes about, in part, thanks to the release of American Alan Gross in exchange for three Cubans who’d been jailed in Florida for spying.

The question, then: which firm will handle US/Cuba relations?

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The Ticker: Fenton Sale; New WPP Chairman; Rogen and Franco; And More

Coke Breaks Up with American Idol

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In a sign of the times and shifting pop culture influences, Coca-Cola is the latest big brand to end its sponsorship of the formerly formidable Fox giant American Idol.

Today Variety reports that Coke explained its decision to drop Idol after more than a decade:

“After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point.”

Ad spending on the show has dropped nearly 50 percent over the past three years, with AT&T and Ford also stepping away from the show in order to reshape a relationship with the network that “goes much deeper than any individual program,” in the words of a Ford rep.

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Solomon McCown & Company Preps Santa for Crisis Campaign

Last week we posted on our neighbor Coyne PR’s R-rated agency Christmas card, so here’s a quick one from our friends at Solomon McCown & Company of Boston.

The audience for this work consists of the firm’s clients, but we’re very interested in hearing more about S. Claus, he of the presents, snow and amazingly sentient reindeer who obviously do not have a proper union.

For the record, we’re glad that Solomon McCown avoided working with this nightmare client. Mr. Claus may get a lot of press coverage with little effort, but what’s his primary source of revenue?

We all know who really pays for those presents, don’t we?!

Journalists Weigh in on the Ethics of the Sony Hack Stories

We all know how Sony, Aaron Sorkin, Brad Pitt and Rubenstein Communications think the media world should respond to ongoing leaks from the Sony Pictures hack: ignore them.

CNN’s Reliable Sources (hosted by the Brian Stelter, founder of our sister site TVNewser) asked the question on Sunday and got some mixed different answers. In the first part of the interview, Andrew Wallenstein of Variety frames the question as a serious one, saying, “I don’t do that lightly…it was going to get out there anyway, and we have to be part of the conversation.”

Dawn Chmielewski of Re\code was a bit more blunt on New Day:

Well, then. Check out Gawker’s explanation of the issue — which mentions the leak of a clip from The Interview depicting the death of the very Korean dictator at the heart of this story — to Mike Allen of Politico after the jump.

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5WPR Shoots Down New York Exclusive on Boy Genius Investor

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As we read the original story last night we thought, “this is too good to be true.” And so it was.

Thanks to our fellow media folks at The New York Observer, we now know that 17-year-old pseudo-genius/high school student Mohammed Islam featured in New York magazine’s “Reasons to Love New York” feature is not, in fact, a wealthy investor. Once the lie was exposed, he did what any embarrassed teenager in the spotlight would do: he hired 5WPR for crisis communications.

In the subsequent NYO piece, we learned several things including the fact that someone at 5W is a big fan of Jasper Johns.

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