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Illinois TV Anchor Courageously Shares Brain Cancer News with Viewers

Dave-Benton-Cancer-VideoIn the wild and wacky world of public relations, those who stand out often do so by creating great relationships with media types.

Understanding that, if you know anyone with PRSA Chicago, IABC Chicago, or even the College of Media for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaignplease pass this story along!

Why? Dave Benton at WCIA-3 (CBS) out of downstate Illinois in Champaign is easily one of the most courageous media personalities to come across in a long time.

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Journalists: Proudly Keeping Starbucks Open All These Years

another-coffee-funnyWe love our friends in the media, at least most of us. That said, it’s nice to clue into what drives them to make good news and what drives them bat-ess-crazy.

It’s not easy being in the media, regardless the position or the medium. The glamorous life is comical to most and unattainable by many. However, without them, where would we be, right? Understanding that, the next time you are out and see a Starbucks, you may want to stop in for a $50,000 gift card or some such.

According to a recent survey, and this article from TVNewser in the friendly confines of the mediabistro nation, few media types will refuse that kind of gift.

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THIS JUST IN: NBC News Pays for Matt Lauer’s What?!

THIS JUST IN 2It is no secret that today’s national “morning show” hosts make a very fine living.

Sure, they get benefits of modeling clothes, makeup, and shoes, so it’s not like they are paying for that stuff. Then, they are given a seven- or eight-figure income to look beautiful, act common, and fake sincerity during stories, as in “And our prayers go out to you and yours.”

As if they are genuflecting in mass or mosque for your mom because of a tweet you sent their way.

These facts notwithstanding, the people at NBC News have waaaaaay too much residual money on their hands. Cases in point: Chelsea Clinton and Matt Lauer.

Oy Vey!

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Pam Oliver on the Future of FOX Sports: ‘Young, Blonde, and Hot’

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On the sports journalism ladder, the sideline reporter usually places just above the Fantasy Football reporter.

Typically, this is the reserve talent forced to stay on the sidelines and eavesdrop on coaches’ bickering, trainers’ questioning, and top draft picks’ prayers. When it’s cold, they freeze; when it’s raining, they get wet; when it’s time for a commercial break, no one cares. For almost 20 years on FOX Sports, Pam Oliver. has done this job, eventually earning a regaled spot on the “A team” with Troy Aikman and, yes, Joe Buck.

Recently, however, the FOX Sports grand poobahs sidelined Oliver for a younger model — Erin Andrews. It took a while, but Oliver finally sounded off on that hire. Loudly.

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Phil Roberston Ensures That Duck Dynasty Continues to Make Headlines

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Phil Robertson, the well-coiffed patriarch of the Duck Dynasty empire, has made quite the name for himself when it comes to bellowing his opinions about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His latest opinions, shared with Sean Hannity on FOX News, may be his greatest hit yet.

Hannity’s discussion strayed from duck-calling accouterments to American foreign policy, because when you need a source for a nonsensical political diatribe, who better than a famously outspoken reality star? That’s when Robertson said this:

“In this case, you either have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible,” Robertson explained to Hannity. “I’m just saying convert them or kill them — one or the other.”

And the Church said “Amen”?

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ESPN Gets the Memo on America’s Disinterest in Michael Sam’s Showering Habits

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We wanted to look the other way too.

ICYMI: The St. Louis Rams drafted a gay guy in the NFL draft this year. Many have discussed this fact. We blogged about it. Everyone is watching it.

However, most of us are also over it.

Michael Sam showed true courage, walked over a line, and took a stand for the LGBT community. And while everyone with a pulse and a non-blackened heart applauded him for that move then, we have all stopped clapping.

Why? It’s old news. ESPN, however, thought a story about Sam’s showering habits in the Rams’ locker room was necessary. A day later, they apologized because social media blew up.

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Bad News for CNN Employees: Jeff Zucker Just ‘Went There’

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So, you think the economy has rebounded and your savings account can begin its weatherstripping for the colder days. Vacations are being planned, allowances are no longer declined and date nights are back in full swing.

Only one problem: You work at CNN.

In a corporate-wide memo recently sent to all Turner Broadcasting employees, CNN Chief Jeff Zucker and Turner CEO John Martin said that, as part of the company’s “Turner 2020″ plan, the company will unveil a new corporate structure “in the next two months.”

This is CNN.

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Mike Ditka on Daniel Snyder’s PR Problem: ‘What’s All the Stink?’

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Funny how he’s looking away from this Redskins situation too.

Some people are celebrated for their lack of — or complete disregard for — a filter. If you want a true opinion, one without all the flowery crap, just holler at people like Donald Trump, Rosie O’Donnell, Sophia from The Golden Girls, or any uptown socialite with a little booze intake.

The NFL has someone like that: Hall of Famer, beloved coach and current ESPN broadcaster (for now) Mike Ditka.

For many months, people have stepped to one side or the other regarding whether the Washington football team needs to change its mascot. Some believe it is a regaled tradition in the NFL and that changing that mascot would be criminal. Others take a more human interest angle, arguing that the act of calling someone a “Redskin” is bad enough to warrant a change.

Guess which side ‘Da’ Bears’ coach is on…

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#PRFail: NBC Strikes Out on Meet the Press Announcement

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“Where is the love, the love, the love?”

It was the worst-kept secret in network TV, but after months of speculation NBC finally announced yesterday that Chuck Todd would indeed take over for David Gregory as the host of the Sunday morning coffee gathering known as Meet the Press.

In case you missed it, NBC has a history of mismanaging personnel announcements. Does the name Ann Curry ring a bell?

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5 Social Media Mistakes PR People Should Avoid

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It wasn’t too long ago that Justin Sacco, former chief communications officer of IAC (parent company of Tinder, Vimeo and OkCupid), ruined a rather cushy gig thanks to one questionable attempt at humor on Twitter.

She apologized without much fanfare and then finally got a new job (much less cushy) this past June.

While her legacy will go down in the chronicles of PR as a case of “What not to do on social media,” it begs the question for the rest of us: “What should PR people not do on social media?” I have five ideas. Feel free to add to the conversation. Extra points for personal references.

And if someone knows Justine Sacco, tell her that she’s my inspiration. (#Tear)

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