PR/Media Week in Review, 06-29-2008

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNews

Free Darren Dopp.  We are still following the exploits of Darren Dopp, the beleagured ex-flack for the disgraced ex-governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer. We first wrote about Dopp almost a year ago when Spitzer was still on his high horse in Albany stonewalling and attacking anyone who dared disagree with him. It was obvious then that Dopp was taking the fall for Spitzer in the “Troopergate” fiasco (using State troopers to keep tabs on the leader of the New York State assembly, a Spitzer rival). 

Dopp was a symbol of the expendability and lowly status of the PR guy who valiantly tries to protect the boss, and we are glad that Dopp is fighting on to clear his name despite the tremendous cost to him and his family. See 6/28 New York Times Spitzer Aide Refuses Ethics Panel’s Deal.

Journalists & J-students flocking to PR?  Increasingly, journalists and J-students are submitting apps for PR due to the downturn in print media and fewer journalism job opportunities, according to this article in Editor & Publisher.

Grand Vizier of PR represents Catholic church. According to Miles Kington, The Independent, UK: “Then they said it was not my job to rewrite Christian history in newspaper headline terms, and I said, ‘Listen, cardinals, sweeties, if you can find a PR firm willing to represent God, I’ll be the most surprised man in the UK! We have some dodgy clients, but if half of what the Bible says is true, God is not a person I would want to handle. Take your business elsewhere.’”

Litigious PR people? Headlined Workshop to lift writing standards among PR officers, the article in the Borneo Bulletin Online goes on to say: ”The guest of honour, in his speech, said, “Writing news and feature articles is a discipline of knowledge that demands a strong sense of sight, feeling, thought and determination as well as resourcefulness in suing mechanisms that are available.”

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary looks up words to find their meanings and associations with Shel Israel Loren Feldman 1938 Mediaother words and concepts.  It produces diagrams reminiscent of a neural net so you learn how words associate. Fun, for anyone in PR who still writes.

The Shelling of Israel is over? Is there peace between Loren Feldman and Shel Israel? Not quite, although Loren seems to be giving Shel his namesake domain without drawing the battle out to a bloody, pathetic end. If it wasn’t all so funny, this would be a sad episode in “social media.” Alas, we are grateful that the Shel puppet will apparently live on.

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  1. Helen Bredson says:

    Really useful tools and resources, I’ll try to use them.
    By the way, I also use few online tools, for example thesaurus dictionary.

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