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Did you know that yesterday was National Boss Day? Neither did we — but many brands reminded us via the 13th hottest trending hashtag of the day. (Sadly, we missed the chance to thank our own boss.)
Anyway, here are some of the many that took advantage of the latest meme-y holiday.
Internships have never carried as much importance in PR as they do today.
In this new marketplace, PR agencies can afford to be more persnickety about the people they want to recruit and bring into the fold. They are asked to do so much more. They are expected to get less recognition. And it’s all in the hope that they’ll score a permanent fixture on the team.
You need to have “soft skills” when you walk in the door. That’s not to say you are a dunce looking for direction, but you have assets that are pliable and position you for success. Instead of just getting by on a pretty face and nice cologne, you need to bring a little something to the table.
It’s hard out there for an up-and-comer, so if you want to ensure you get a sniff that AAC or AC job, here is this week’s #5Things: 5 important skills PR interns should possess before they get the gig.
— Scandal (@ScandalABC) October 17, 2014
We opened up last night’s episode of Scandal with Jake walking towards his car. His B613 sense tells him something’s fishy and when he takes a look at the wet ground under his car, he sees what it is: a flashing red light. He presses the security button for his car and BOOM! Of course, cool guys don’t look at explosions, so when we catch up with Jake, he’s arriving late to Olivia’s house for date. The excuse: ”car trouble.”
Because this is Scandal we’re talking about, she doesn’t actually stay for the date. Her phone rings and off she goes.
Ultimately, everything that happens this episode goes back to the fact that everyone is still dealing with the death of the President’s son at the end of last season. Well, maybe not Cyrus, but everyone else.
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It’s time for the latest edition of our ongoing collaboration with Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and advisor to executives at Facebook, Airbnb, CNBC and more.
1. First, Bill takes on Governor Rick Scott and his problem with fans:
Scott Blows It with Fan-Gate: If Florida Governor Rick Scott wanted to make his Democratic opponent Charlie Christ hot under the collar during this week’s televised debate, he picked the wrong way to do it.
Once again, President Obama seems ready to feed the meme: this morning, someone within the White House chose to “leak” the news that Ron Klain, who served as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Gore and Biden, will be tasked with helping the government inform the public about the ongoing Ebola scare.
And yes, every single publication included the word “czar” in its headline.
As TIME told us way back in 2009, this is something of a media relations issue: titles for such positions tend to be unwieldy, so the “czar” meme is simply too easy to resist. It all started back in the early 20th Century:
“Woodrow Wilson appointed financier Bernard Baruch to head the War Industries Board — a position dubbed industry czar (this just one year after the final Russian czar, Nicholas II, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution).”
Politico compiled a list of such officials in the Obama administration before the TIME story ran.
Back in June, our fearless leader Patrick Coffee had a nice conversation with someone you really need to know — Peter Granat, who is the new CEO of the now-merged Vocus and Cision media database software organizations.
Yes, kids, it’s official.
All the technology you love and the customer service you might not is now part of one big happy, unified family. And just like the Brady Bunch, they all have to live under one roof: One Prudential Plaza on East Randolph in Chi City. Movin’ on up, anyone?
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If you’ve watched either of the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show, then no doubt you’ve peed a little bit in your pants over Twisty the Clown, the crazed, sadistic, killer clown that’s knifing some people to death and holding others hostage. We’re talking about Michael Meyers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw-level scary here.
That hasn’t been lost on a group called Clowns of America International (?), which has a real problem with the way clowns are depicted on the FX show.
“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” the group’s president Glenn Kohlberger told The Hollywood Reporter. “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm.”
Sensationalizing or not, Twisty the Clown is straight up scary as hell.
“Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?” Wells asked, one of a lengthy series of over-the-top questions that made up the entirety of the article.
“Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are?… Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste?” it continues. It is brutal poetry.
Despite the acerbic review, that restaurant is one of the top moneymakers in all of New York, proving that people on vacation really don’t care what they eat so long as they don’t have to do the dishes.