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Posts Tagged ‘Gorkana’

Hack Turned Flack: Former NYT Editor/Current PR Pro Weighs In

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Here’s something we wish we’d found earlier. For the past 11 months Gorkana, provider of database and analytics services designed for both sides of the PR/media equation, has run a series on its company blog called “Moving to the Darkside” in which media professionals describe making the transition into public relations. A month ago they featured our own contributor Lindsay Goldwert, and for their most recent post they spoke to former New York Times assistant metro editor Nicole Collins Bronzan.

This one is particularly interesting because Bronzan previously represented gay rights group Freedom to Marry and now works as director of communications for non-profit investigative journalism organization ProPublica, whose revealing stories about corporate misdeeds feel designed to make PR people sweat.

Here’s a key quote about journalists considering a career change:

…many people turn to PR as an easy out – and give the profession a bad name – without really considering whether some whole other career would make more sense for them. In a nutshell: If you see PR as a “way out,” take a little time and think more deeply about it.

Don’t hear that point made often, do you? The whole series is well worth a look.

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Survey of Financial Journalists Finds ‘WSJ’ Most Influential

A survey of 350 financial journalists found that The Wall Street Journal was considered most influential for financial news. Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Reuters, and Financial Times round out the top five.

The study was conducted by Gorkana, a global service provider for PR pros and journalists, in partnership with two DePaul University College of Comms professors: Dr. Matt Ragas and Dr. Hai Tran. This is the first study ever done by Gorkana.

The study also found that of the top 10 most influential financial journalists, five come from the NYT: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Gretchen Morgenson, Paul Krugman, and Joe Nocera.

Finally, when asked about their outlook on the economy, nearly half (46 percent) were neutral about it. Only 18 percent were positive.

The study was conducted between December 1 and December 30, 2011 via a self-administered online survey. For more information about the study, click here.