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Merry Christmas to All Our Readers

...and to all a drunk night

…and to all a drunk night

Here’s wishing you a happy 25th from everyone at PRNewser! We won’t be posting for the next couple of days due to our family commitments: tasting the paella, letting the in-laws beat us at bowling, drinking too much Christmas whiskey and trying to figure out whether we missed anything while watching A Christmas Story for the fifteenth time (because no one ever gives us the remote).

So take stock of your booty, find a way to distract the kids and have a drink or ten. Then try your best to tolerate your loved ones, avoid thinking about your clients and thank whatever God you may worship that your name isn’t Justine Sacco.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Mediabistro Course

Storytelling for Media Professionals

Storytelling for Media ProfessionalsLearn how to use stories to inspire, connect, and persuade your clients! In this workshop starting September 3, you'll learn how to uncover stories in everyday life, incorporate stories into your media work, use storytelling techniques with clients, all to improve your pitch and presentation skills. Register now!

Bolt PR Expands into Texas, Brings Our Very Own Shawn Paul Wood Along

345949aToday in Self Serving Agency news: grammar scold, listicle master and crotchety (but not old) man Shawn Paul Wood has been appointed general manager/public relations director of Bolt PR‘s newest office in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (release here).

Wood makes the move after five years in a directorial position at HCK2. The release tells us that he is (emphasis ours) “also a nationally searched and regarded blogger” with an “extensive background in broadcast media, public affairs, community relations and creative branding”, because TMI, dude!

Bolt writes that the decision to expand into the Lone Star State with its third office (others are located in Irvine, CA and Raleigh, NC) was “based on the region’s strong economy, growth and diverse industry presence”, but we’d like to think that they just read our blog and realized that Shawn’s internal database of knowledge about the PR industry may have inspired the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” slogan.

This has been a shameless act of self promotion disguised as a public service announcement. We now return to your regularly scheduled program.

Enroll in the ‘Public Relations Intensive’ Workshop and Get a FREE Webcast

Want to master the PR game with an intensive four-week course sponsored by Mediabistro?

From today until Thursday, September 12th at noon, you can enroll in Public Relations Intensive or any other Mediabistro class and you’ll be entitled to participate in the webcast of your choice (a $49 value) for FREE!

What will this course involve? You’ll attend keynote sessions with featured speakers from Ogilvy, PKPR and other firms throughout the industry that cover topics from Crisis Comms to Pitching in the digital age. You’ll also receive regular homework assignments related to the topic of the week, receive one-on-one feedback from advisors in small homework groups, and get the opportunity to network with PR professionals from around the country.

Just enroll and use promo code WEBCAST at checkout. Remember, the promo expires Thursday 9/12/13 at 11:59pm ET.

Click here to read more about Public Relations Intensive and click here for more of Mediabistro’s Fall classes.

PRNewser Co-Founder Jason Chupick Joins MWW

We’re not prone to bragging about our accomplishments (cough cough), but today brings official word that MWW Group has hired Jason Chupick, the founding editor of this very website, as vice president of editorial operations.

Jason previously worked as VP of PR at Harper’s Magazine. His experience spans the worlds of journalism, public relations and digital media: In addition to time spent in the publishing industry, he worked at several boutique agencies in the New York City area, and he frequently speaks at industry events and conferences like last month’s Mediabistro webcast on increasing the visibility of your press releases.

MWW plans to use his “ability to combine editorial content technology and editorial expertise” to implement media production and placement strategies for clients.

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In Which Your Editor Reveals His Favorite Anonymous Tips

This blogger’s anonymous tip box is something like the “leave a penny, take a penny” jar in that it can be both used and abused. Now, I have received a couple of good story ideas via “the box.” But more than anything I’ll miss opening my email account each morning to find little nuggets of wisdom like the following list of my favorite anonymous PRNewser tips, reprinted verbatim for your amusement:

“good”

Glad you think so!

“stupid, stupid, ignorant, sophomoric, get a pizza pie in the face you”

Say hi to your mother for me!

“for dry skin ini winter, add 4 to 5 drops of lemon juice in 4 table spoon of cream mix it well and apply it on your face. now rub it gently and after 10 mins wash your face with warm water. your skin will become soft.”

Thanks! Now my skin is super soft!

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In Which Your Editor Announces His Imminent Departure

Dear Readers,

It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I revert to the first person this afternoon to let you know that Friday will be my last day editing PRNewser. I’ve accepted a position at a digital agency (think Peggy Olson circa season 4), and while I didn’t expect this career shift to arrive quite so soon, you know what they say: when it rains it pours, and when raindrops keep falling on your head you make lemonade. Or something like that.

I know, I know: It hasn’t even been nine months since I started, which is why this goodbye feels exciting, bittersweet and even slightly premature at the same time. As a dedicated cynic I would generally refrain from making boring generalizations about how fortunate I’ve been to work here, but in this case it’s all true. This has been a dream job for me, but even as I’ve developed a much greater appreciation for the topsy-turvy world of public relations, I’ve also come to realize that I’m not quite cut out to be a flack. I’m really more of a Milford Man…

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Mediabistro Needs an ‘Intro to PR’ Instructor (UPDATE)

Today in Shameless Self-Promotion, we have a few key questions for ambitious, experienced public relations professionals:

  • Are you a well-schooled PR veteran?
  • Do you have a history of working for major firms and serving big-name clients?
  • Do you closely follow current developments within the industry?
  • Are  your own experiences entering the field and working your way up the career ladder relevant to today’s graduates and other professionals who wish to enter the crazy, colorful world of PR?
  • Are you ready to teach students how to get their feet in the door and how to master the basics of the business?
  • Are you comfortable developing a syllabus/lesson plan, hosting interactive discussions and reviewing students’ work?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may be just the person that Mediabistro needs to teach its upcoming 6-week “Introduction to Public Relations” class!

UPDATE: The instructor position has been filled, but Mediabistro will continue to hold courses relating to PR and other disciplines. To enter our pool of potential instructors, please submit a resume to learn.info@mediabistro.com.

Joe Ciarallo Joins mediabistro.com as PRNewser Editor

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We’re happy to announce that our longtime PRNewser freelance editor Joe Ciarallo will be joining the mediabistro.com team full time, effective today. Joe will be expanding on current PRNewser content as well as producing other PR related events, classes and Webcasts for Mediabistro. He has been with us from the start, working to grow PRNewser from its inception to one of the most widely read PR industry news sites.

He comes to us from the Horn Group, a digital communications agency in Manhattan, where he worked with a number of technology and digital media companies.

“It’s been amazing to see how PRNewser has grown and changed over the last two years. From our humble beginnings as a WordPress blog (hopefully the long time readers will remember those days) to being considered a key industry source of news, I think we’re just getting started,” said Ciarallo. “I can imagine one question people may ask will be about my awesome co-editor Jason Chupick. Jason is of course continuing to lend his well chosen words and insight to PRNewser and will remain on as co-editor.”

Expect to see a lot more activity on PRNewser and more PR industry resources overall from mediabistro.com.

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