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AP Still the Biggest Name in News, and Changing with the Times.

By Barb Harris, teamworksPR Recently, four AP bureau editors and reporters visited a Phoenix professional group.  They wanted to make it clear that newspapers are not dead, and they're still out there covering the important stories of the day.  If you’re hoping to work with the AP at some point, here are some valuable insights into how they operate:   They have 4,000 employees, 240 bureaus, and more than 10 million images.   There are four regional hubs in the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Phoenix.  In the past, NYC was the hub, but in the last year, the organization decided to establish... ⇢ read more

Doing PR for a Top Chef

Posted by Melissa Libby, Melissa Libby PR I work with a lot of top chefs. But 2009 was the year I got to work with a Top Chef. My client, Kevin Gillespie of Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill, rose to fame as a finalist on  Bravo’s Top Chef: Season 6 and was voted... ⇢ read more

Don't Rule Out ETV

My media buyer partner was looking for PR ideas for their client, Excel Physical Therapy.  In our meeting the client said many of the injuries they see in the spring are from gardening. So I suggested we pitch a segment to the wildly popular Backyard Farmer, produced by the University... ⇢ read more

Don’t Rule Out ETV

My media buyer partner was looking for PR ideas for their client, Excel Physical Therapy.  In our meeting the client said many of the injuries they see in the spring are from gardening. So I suggested we pitch a segment to the wildly popular Backyard Farmer, produced by the University... ⇢ read more

Kentucky Grilled… Genius, or Flaming Failure?

Debates are heating up on the web about whether or not Yum Brands succeeded or failed with the recent Oprah-promoted grilled chicken giveaway. Do you think it sizzled (created online/offline buzz/ink, stimulated trial, attracted new users) or soured (bad execution, negative buzz)? Experts are both praising and pummeling the brand for the... ⇢ read more

Manage the rumor mill – don't let it manage you

A few months ago, a student carrying a rifle and wearing a Fred Flinstone mask at St. John’s University in Queens was subdued by another student and a security officer. The school immediately went on lockdown and text messages were sent to students’ cell phones. Apparently, the text message went... ⇢ read more

Manage the rumor mill – don’t let it manage you

A few months ago, a student carrying a rifle and wearing a Fred Flinstone mask at St. John’s University in Queens was subdued by another student and a security officer. The school immediately went on lockdown and text messages were sent to students’ cell phones. Apparently, the text message went... ⇢ read more

So You Wanna Write a Newsletter?

I was recently pondering ways that PR companies can touch their clients and offer reassurance during these choppy economic times.  My friend and business colleague, Jon Praet from WritingHelp.com, suggested that this is the perfect economic climate (i.e., stormy and unpredictable) for newsletters.  They offer a connection to the past... ⇢ read more

Social Media and Social Events: Match in Heaven

It's Valentine's Day, and working for one of Boston's largest ski, sports, and social clubs has got me fired up about the power of social media and how it rocks the world of special events. Watching Boston Ski & Sports Club (BSSC) get more and more engaged in social media -... ⇢ read more