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Cartoon Network Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign That Reaches Adults and Children

The Cartoon Network has launched an anti-bullying campaign, “I Speak Up,” that coincides with the network’s Speak Up Week, taking place between September 29 and October 3. For the “I Speak Up” portion of the campaign, the Cartoon Network has gotten participation from Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. They’re also asking for help from all of us.

The network wants the public to submit videos with the hashtag #ISpeakUp that encourages others to pay attention and participate as well. Submissions to the campaign’s website that are selected by the network will become a part of clips that appear on TV and online.

In addition to AG Holder and Secretary Duncan, notable names including Robin Meade from HLN Morning ExpressAmerica’s Got Talent‘s Howie Mandel, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are also participating.

This lineup of supporters is impressive. But just as important is the outreach that the network is doing to parents and educators.

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FOX News’ Tucker Carlson Suspects Kids Are ‘Learning Too Much’ in School

tucker-carlson-1024x682Someday, somehow, someone is going to invent a mute button just for certain “journalists.” If you have ever doubted a need for such a Rube Goldberg device, read this story, brought to you by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

As he took his frequent seat on FOX & Friends, Carlson began discussing the usual suspects — ISIS, the economy, Obama’s birth certificate — then took an abrupt detour, careened off the road, and ranted against the U.S. education system, public school, and the teachers in it.

Because if you want good PR mojo, attack the teachers. It’s right up there with harassing the elderly and making fun of someone’s mother. The unbelievable video is after the jump, along with his explanation. Read more

How the ICHF Is Trying To Fight Global Youth Heart Problems

That heart disease is a global problem that affects people of all ages is something Dr. Mark Plunkett, a pediatric heart surgeon, and the International Children’s Health Foundation (ICHF), know all too well. Congenital heart disease, also known as congenital heart defects, occur in 1 percent of the world’s population.
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Journalist Reveals Ketchum’s Suggestions for Discrediting Him

Ecuador2In case you missed it, Bloomberg Businessweek published an intriguing story yesterday by veteran journalist Paul M. Barrett that ran with the headline “What It’s Like to Be Attacked by Putin’s Flack.

The “flack” in question is Ketchum — more specifically D.C.-based partner Kathy Jeavons, who “heads both the Ecuador and Russia accounts” for the firm.

For the record, Jeavons did not personally attack or even contact Barrett. But a source did forward him a talking points document that the firm wrote for Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States. The doc included both well-stated observations about Ecuador’s history with Chevron and suggestions for casting doubt on the credibility of Law of the Jungle, Barrett’s upcoming book on the lawsuit that accuses the company of abusing its relationship with the people of Ecuador.

One such suggestion: use friendly media outlets to raise doubts about whether Barrett ever actually visited the country or met the individuals he interviewed for the book.

We spoke to Mr. Barrett today for more information.

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What’s the Difference Between ‘Strategy’ and ‘Tactic?’

strategy-vs-tacticsTwo of the most common words in the flack’s vernacular (next to coffeeare strategy and tactic. 

According to Michael Porter, strategy leader and author of Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance, “Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value.”

The conundrum in this industry is that, although you have to think (strategy) before you do (tactic) anything, these two terms are often used interchangeably. It seems “being different” is understanding the difference in the first place.

This should help…

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STUDY: Readers Remember Print Placements Better Than Digital

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A common challenge we’ve heard discussed among our PR contacts with “old-school” clients involves convincing them that placements on specialty blogs can be just as valuable (in terms of dollars and cents) as a mention in the Wall Street Journal.

No, you can’t hang them on your wall — but they can be even more important in terms of raising awareness of the client’s business.

A new study from the University of Houston does sort of throw a wrench into that line of thinking, though: it found that readers are more likely to remember things like, say, your client’s name and the products they sell when this information appears in print.

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5 Reasons Why SEO Belongs in Your PR Toolbox

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The aphorism “A good craftsman never blames his tools” holds true most of the time unless there is a PR professional that doesn’t understand which tools are actually in his or her toolbox.

As this industry evolves, we should always be on safari to find new and exotic contrivances to place at our clients’s disposal. They do count on us breaking out those utensils to give them hits, awareness, traffic — and to justify the occasional braggadocio.

Agencies are becoming more integrated every day, yet many PR types still lack the new plug-in SEO appliance. Honestly, there’s no excuse for that — and for this week’s #5Things, here are five reasons why SEO should be in every PR’s toolbox.

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Vast Majority of Firms Still Use AVE for Measurement

percentagesWe hope everyone’s taken something valuable from this year’s Measurement Week event so far.

In case you missed it, last week Peter Himler of Flatiron Communications and Rebekah Iliff of AirPR gave us their takes on the future of measurement, and yesterday our own Nancy Lazarus brought you 10 pointers from Monday’s event with Heidi Sullivan of Cision Vocus, Shonali Burke of Shonali Burke Consulting, Chris Penn of Shift Communications and Sharam Fouladger-Mercer of AirPR.

Here’s our favorite quote from Rebekah:

“We should not, would not, could not use the Advertising Value Equivalency (AVEs) to measure the value of earned media. Most PR pros I know have done away with this, but according to a Ragan’s study last year, nearly a third of PR/communications practitioners still use them. Ugh.”

This morning, we came across a post on the This Is PRable blog indicating that the problem is worse than that.

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Bryan Cranston Promotes MLB Postseason with Hilariously Fake One-Man Show

So, what’s Bryan Cranston doing with himself after the glory that was “Breaking Bad,” you ask? Why, he’s tackling a one-man show, of course — why steal a show by outshining everyone around you when you can just play all the roles yourself? And what better subject matter than postseason baseball to encompass all the intense highs and lows of human emotion?

In perhaps our favorite promo for post season athletics to date, Cranston gives an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at a one-man masterpiece that, sadly, doesn’t actually exist. The spoof features the award-winning actor portraying baseball players for multiple different teams, among other roles, while the “backstage” collaborations include dance lessons from a prima ballerina and a tutorial on trophy accepting from a baseball great.

Cranston also flawlessly delivers ridiculous lines like, “Any actor who tells you that he is not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar, frankly, or just a hack,” with unflinching seriousness.

Oh, and the lyrics to ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame” have never, ever sounded so epically dramatic.

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