Posts Tagged ‘things we like’
First: we apologize for overlooking “fail to correct mistakes in articles” on our contentious “11 Things the Media Does That Piss Off PR” listicle. It was indeed a grievous error on our part.
Second: we love Poynter.
Third: stop whatever you might be doing right now, read this list of the best (and worst) media mistakes, corrections and apologies of 2013, and try to imagine that you have to make the call to correct screwups like these.
We’re not just going to reprint the piece in its entirety because we’d like you to read and share it, but here are some of our favorites from the list.
The spy who loved me and you and every other one of God’s creatures
Following yesterday’s big reveal about Pope Francis once working as a bouncer at an Argentinian club, we learned that he’s been donning the robes of a regular priest and sneaking out of the Vatican at night to check on Rome’s homeless population, pray for them and hand out donations without revealing his identity. Given that he’s one of the most famous men on earth, we didn’t really think this would work—but then we thought about his audience and reconsidered.
Today’s addition to the growing “how badass can this guy be” canon comes courtesy of uCatholic and an interview with an Archbishop responsible for distributing money from the Holy See to the “poor and marginalized.”
Apropos of absolutely nothing, here is a video from an Australian land council in which an eagle mistakes a camera for a food item of some kind before stealing it, flying away with it and abandoning it without even realizing that he/she had reminded us why “selfie” was the word of the year:
Of course this little clip doesn’t have much of anything to do with our industry, but there’s got to be some way Australia can use it in a tourism campaign (hopefully without including “Fly Like An Eagle” on the soundtrack).
(H/T to NPR)
In a week filled with bad news and terrible behavior, it’s nice to end things on an inspiring note.
Five-year-old lukemia patient Miles Scott has thoroughly charmed the Internet thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco, which transformed into DC’s Gotham today to fulfill his dream of fighting crime as his favorite super hero.
It was a collaborative production: Police closed off the roads so Batkid could arrive in his own Batmobile (a black Lamborghini outfitted with the appropriate decals), Police Chief Greg Suhr recorded a video calling for his help, and the San Francisco Chronicle ”planned to distribute special-edition newspapers with the headline, ‘Batkid Saves City,’ in Union Square, where a flash mob was set to gather”. Many of the people attending today’s event were volunteers.
More pics after the jump:
We’d never heard of F**k: An Irreverent History of the F-Word before we saw this promo clip, but we’ve just placed it on our list of “10,000 Books We Might Feel Guilty For Not Reading.”
We can think of a few acronyms they missed, but everyone loves hearing British people curse, so here goes:
What we’re saying is that we support the concept of book trailers 100%. Got a gimmick? Go for it, because EMFPK* that it’s damn hard to get an audience’s attention.
There’s a second clip too, but as the copy block says:
“For more information and history, buy the f**king book.”
Last week, a staff writer on The Colbert Report created a Twitter feed automated to turn others’ messages into tweets celebrating Fox News with the hashtag #PraiseFOX by replacing words with the names of Fox shows and hosts.
Maybe we’re just easy to impress because we’re not programmers, but there’s a new tweet every two minutes and some of the backhanded compliments are gold:
Last week we spent a couple of hours counting the ways in which Pope Francis is a PR genius, but now he seems to have outdone himself—or at least inspired Catholic Church officials in Limburg, Germany to follow his example.
Francis made headlines last week for temporarily suspending Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst, aka “The Bishop of Bling”, for embarrassing the Church worldwide by spending a reported $26 million to renovate his official residence. We’re not sure who thought it would be a good idea for bishops to live in mansions, especially those with $20,000 bathtubs, but now the Limburg organization wants to go a step further by forcing the Bishop out of his fancy house and turning it into a soup kitchen/homeless shelter.
There’s no official word on these plans yet, but a spokesperson for advocacy organization Caritas Internationalis (which is itself part of the Church) has apparently discussed the matter, saying:
“The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake. People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence.”
Speaking as “typically ill-informed” members of the mainstream media, we see this as another step in the right direction. Also: the house looks cool but we think he may have overpaid a bit on that renovation—and the red just screams “please audit me!”
(Photo of protesters via Getty)