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Posts Tagged ‘The Los Angeles Times’

PRSA-LA Invites You to a Virtual Happy Hour with Top Tech Journalists

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We don’t know about you, but we’re quite ready for happy hour!

The “happy hour” in our headline doesn’t involve discounts on cocktails, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting: the Los Angeles branch of PRSA will launch its own Google+ hangout next Tuesday in order to better connect PR pros around the country with West Coast tech writers.

The facts you need to know:

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You Can Now Message Any Gmail User with Google+

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Here’s a mildly intriguing development: Google has been trying to set up Google+ and Gmail for some time, and now it looks like they’re forcing the marriage.

You will soon be able message anyone with a Gmail address by searching for their name and adding them to your Google+ ”circle”. Since every Gmail user automatically has a Google+ account, one could theoretically use this new feature to get in touch with a media person whose email address isn’t public.

Not that we’d recommend that.

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James Franco’s Publicity Campaign Urges Oscar Voters to ‘Consider This Sh*t’

Hollywood publicists are coming up with new and innovative ways to push their clients’s projects during awards season, aren’t they? We find it interesting to consider the fact that some in the industry work as “Oscar publicists” pushing clients’ movies to Academy voters six months a year—and that star PR man Warren Cowan claimed to have created the Oscar campaign in 1946 when he pitched The Los Angeles Times to support Joan Crawford for best actress.

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Which to Use: ‘Latino’ or ‘Hispanic’?

The Los Angeles Times has published a memo from its assistant managing editor Henry Fuhrmann explaining the newspaper’s preferred use of the term “Latino” over “Hispanic,” saying the term is “in keeping with the practices and sensibilities of residents of our region.”

There doesn’t seem to be a general media rule about this. A Chicago Tribune story published today sticks with “Latino.” But a U.S. News and World Report story from Friday uses the terms interchangeably. (The story is also written by a reporter from Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine.)

Do you stick with one or the other?