If you haven't checked out the blogs section of ProfNet Connect lately, you're missing out on some wonderful posts. Here's a recap of some of the top posts for the week of August 10:
Interesting Expert of the Week, Practical Glamour Edition
"I don’t know about you, but looking good is not a priority for me in the mornings. It’s all I can do to get out of bed and get dressed before I stumble out the door. But presentation specialist Constance Dunn says it's actually not that difficult to look your best, even if you have a limited budget, and that looking your best isn’t just about how you look." Maria Perez, director of news operations at ProfNet has the interview.
Media News Highlight
Media News Highlight shares articles and stories from the worlds of media and journalism that may be of interest to professionals who work in said industries and newsrooms across the country. Here's this week's roundup edited by Evelyn Tipacti, community editor at ProfNet.
The Olympics Were a Brief Respite From a Summer of Gloom
"The games have, if only briefly, shone a light amid the gloom. Set aside for a moment the enormous success of Team USA to consider Oscar Pistorius, the South African man who ran the 400 meters on two prosthetic legs, all the way to the semifinals. Or Sarah Attar, the first woman from ultraconservative Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics. She ran the 800 meters covered from head to toe, and though she finished far behind her nearest competitor there were waves and waves of applause as she crossed the finish line. Progress." Tony Rogers, journalism professor and writer for About.com shares his views on what the Olympics were meant to do for those watching.
Fifteen AP Style Rules for Back to School
"In a few short weeks, students across the country will settle into classrooms for another hopefully productive school year. While they might sport the latest fashion and technology trends to stay hip in the halls, here are some back-to-school-related terms from the Associated Press Stylebook to help us writers make the grade." Steve Vittorioso, account executive at InkHouse Media+Marketing provides some new terms for those going back to school.
Inside PR Newswire: Grace Lavigne
Welcome to Inside PR Newswire, a series that provides a special look into the people that make up PR Newswire. Jason Hahn, senior editor at ProfNet interviews Grace Lavigne, aka "Dear Gracie" and fellow ProfNet editor.
Looking Back on the Summer: Interns Share their PR Experiences
"It’s that time of year again: Summer is coming to a close and the interns we’ve grown to rely on for the past three months are heading back to school, armed with hands-on experience and an increased passion for the PR profession (or at least, we hope)." Jenni Izzo, senior account executive at Costa Devault tells us what interns across the country shared with her about their experiences.
#ConnectChat Recap: Job Hunting 101
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, we hosted "Job Hunting 101," a #ConnectChat featuring Steve Gosset, manager of media relations at the American Civil Liverties Union (ACLU). Steve discussed how he transitioned from journalism to media relations and also shared his advice on how to appropriately apply and interview for a job. This is the full recap of the chat led by Evelyn Tipacti.
Grammar Hammer: In Regard/Regards to the Weirdest Sports in the Olympics
"The 2012 Summer Olympics featured 26 sports. Summer Olympics staples (at least in the U.S.) always include basketball, swimming, gymnastics, track, etc. -- the ones we all wait for and watch and aren't surprised to see. But what about the weirdest sports in the Olympics? With the Games winding down, let's take this moment to remember the most bizarre sports we got to watch over the last two weeks, while reviewing if and when to use regard or regards." Grace Lavigne, senior editor at ProfNet explains things for us.
Tool Spotlight: TweetCharts.com
This is part of a biweekly series on tools, resources and apps to help PR and media professionals be more productive and effective. This time around Jason Hahn tells us about TweetCharts.com, a free tool that enables you to call up charts with data about hashtags, words/phrases, usernames or URLs on Twitter.
Embedding calls to action for multiple audiences in press releases
"Press releases are read by a wide array of people. When drafting a message, it’s important to think beyond the professional media audience. Enthusiast bloggers, industry and financial analysts, employees, customers, advocates, shareholders, industry peers and potential business partners are all likely to read your press release. This means we can reasonably expect to engage numerous audiences with our message. But are our press releases up to the task?" See what Sarah Skerik, vice president of social media at PR Newswire has to say.
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