Grace Lavigne's blog listings. Feed Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne Grammar Hammer: "Goodbye" or "Good Bye"?

According to Merriam-Webster, the title of this post is actually a trick question: the correct way to write this farewell word is “good-bye.”

I’m sad to say that this will be my final post for Grammar Hammer, since I started a new job last week. Thanks so much to everyone who cared enough about grammar to follow this column and make our world a more articulate and eloquent place. I hope my attempts to liven up a sometimes dry subject helped you learn a little more about our beloved English language.

After writing this column for almost a year, I feel like I’ve learned so much about language rules and why knowing those rules is important. Here is my main takeaway: grammar is useful to communicate more clearly and/or to seem credible – but that does not mean it’s always necessary, as long as the point trying to be conveyed is understood (and you’re not trying to impress anyone). But sometimes we grammarians can and should let incorrect word usage or mispronunciation slide, depending on the context, just to save face and avoid seeming like killjoys, if nothing else. If Grammar Hammer taught you anything, hopefully it’s that grammar can be fun!

And on that note, here are my top 10 fun-est Grammar Hammer entries:

Viva la grammar!

Grace Lavigne

ProfNet, a service of PR Newswire, has helped journalists and experts connect since 1992. Writers can search the ProfNet Connect database of more than 50,000 profiles; send a ProfNet query by email to thousands of subscribers around the globe; or get timely experts and story ideas by email.

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Sun, 07 Oct 2012 22:26:39 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/10/07/grammar_hammer:_goodbye_or_good_bye http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/10/07/grammar_hammer:_goodbye_or_good_bye

According to Merriam-Webster, the title of this post is actually a trick question: the correct way to write this farewell word is “good-bye.”

I’m sad to say that this will be my final post for Grammar Hammer, since I started a new job last week. Thanks so much to everyone who cared enough about grammar to follow this column and make our world a more articulate and eloquent place. I hope my attempts to liven up a sometimes dry subject helped you learn a little more about our beloved English language.

After writing this column for almost a year, I feel like I’ve learned so much about language rules and why knowing those rules is important. Here is my main takeaway: grammar is useful to communicate more clearly and/or to seem credible – but that does not mean it’s always necessary, as long as the point trying to be conveyed is understood (and you’re not trying to impress anyone). But sometimes we grammarians can and should let incorrect word usage or mispronunciation slide, depending on the context, just to save face and avoid seeming like killjoys, if nothing else. If Grammar Hammer taught you anything, hopefully it’s that grammar can be fun!

And on that note, here are my top 10 fun-est Grammar Hammer entries:

Viva la grammar!

Grace Lavigne

ProfNet, a service of PR Newswire, has helped journalists and experts connect since 1992. Writers can search the ProfNet Connect database of more than 50,000 profiles; send a ProfNet query by email to thousands of subscribers around the globe; or get timely experts and story ideas by email.

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Grammar Hammer: October Is the Month of Beer! "Oktoberfest," despite appearances, is not a month-long celebration of beer in October -- it's actually a 16-day yearly festival held in Munich (Germany) since 1810 that begins at the end of September and ends on Oct. 3, which is German Unity Day (similar to our Fourth of July). It is the largest fair in the world with about 6 million people (!) attending to drink vast, vast quantities of delicious beer or "bier."
 
In the United States, October is accordingly German-American Heritage Month, and also a time when lots of new hoppy, malty and bitter-y beers are introduced, in preparation for the long, dark days of winter when everyone is in desperate need of a beverage that is both strong in flavor and alcohol content to make us forget about the icy gloom.
 
But since October is still a month of beer festivities in the U.S., let's review how to abbreivate every month of the year correctly using beer-related examples. Note that the month should only be abbreviated when a date or date and year is specified as well. Months with only the year marked (and no date) should not be abbreviated.

Month Abbreviations:

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • Aug.
  • Sept.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.

The general rule of thumb is that if the month is less than five characters long, no abbreviation is necessary. The following months are never abbreviated under any circumstances:

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July

Examples:

  • Oct. 1 kicks off beer month. 
  • October 2012 will be a month to remember (or maybe not remember). 
  • On Oct. 3, 2012, I will eat lots of schweinebraten with sauerkraut.
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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:21:53 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/28/grammar_hammer:_october_is_the_month_of_beer! http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/28/grammar_hammer:_october_is_the_month_of_beer! "Oktoberfest," despite appearances, is not a month-long celebration of beer in October -- it's actually a 16-day yearly festival held in Munich (Germany) since 1810 that begins at the end of September and ends on Oct. 3, which is German Unity Day (similar to our Fourth of July). It is the largest fair in the world with about 6 million people (!) attending to drink vast, vast quantities of delicious beer or "bier."
 
In the United States, October is accordingly German-American Heritage Month, and also a time when lots of new hoppy, malty and bitter-y beers are introduced, in preparation for the long, dark days of winter when everyone is in desperate need of a beverage that is both strong in flavor and alcohol content to make us forget about the icy gloom.
 
But since October is still a month of beer festivities in the U.S., let's review how to abbreivate every month of the year correctly using beer-related examples. Note that the month should only be abbreviated when a date or date and year is specified as well. Months with only the year marked (and no date) should not be abbreviated.

Month Abbreviations:

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • Aug.
  • Sept.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.

The general rule of thumb is that if the month is less than five characters long, no abbreviation is necessary. The following months are never abbreviated under any circumstances:

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July

Examples:

  • Oct. 1 kicks off beer month. 
  • October 2012 will be a month to remember (or maybe not remember). 
  • On Oct. 3, 2012, I will eat lots of schweinebraten with sauerkraut.
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Dear Gracie: A Farewell

I'll be starting a new job next week, so Dear Gracie will be discontinued -- but only for right now. After a brief hiatus, this column will return under a new title with a new author.

I started writing this advice column in the summer of 2011, in an effort to spotlight some of the talented experts in ProfNet's network. In the beginning, I was answering readers' questions about general topics, like real estate, the environment and more. But as weeks went by and I got more feedback from readers and more questions from advice seekers, the column started to center on PR and media issues in particular.

With exactly 60 entries to date, it's been an incredibly important writing journey for me. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know Dear Gracie's contributors, readers and advice seekers. Thank you to those who had the time and interest to read the column, and to those who put their confidence in me to find the answers to their questions. A particular thanks to each expert who provided their knowledge and made Dear Gracie a success.

Now without further ado, here are the all-time most popular Dear Gracie posts:

How to Write Catchy Headlines

Nine Non-PR Skills Every PR Person Needs

The Great Serial/Oxford Comma Debate

Commas/Periods Inside or Outside of Quotation Marks?

Tips for How to Appear on Camera

Six Secrets to Successful Nonprofit PR

When Clients Want to Distribute Non-News

#Hashtags 101

Branding vs. Advertising vs. Marketing vs. PR

Press Kit Tips for Better Media Exposure

Th-th-th-th-that's all folks!

Gracie

 

ProfNet, a service of PR Newswire, has helped journalists and experts connect since 1992. Writers can search the ProfNet Connect database of more than 50,000 profiles; send a ProfNet query by email to thousands of subscribers around the globe; or get timely experts and story ideas by email.

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Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/26/dear_gracie:_a_farewell http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/26/dear_gracie:_a_farewell

I'll be starting a new job next week, so Dear Gracie will be discontinued -- but only for right now. After a brief hiatus, this column will return under a new title with a new author.

I started writing this advice column in the summer of 2011, in an effort to spotlight some of the talented experts in ProfNet's network. In the beginning, I was answering readers' questions about general topics, like real estate, the environment and more. But as weeks went by and I got more feedback from readers and more questions from advice seekers, the column started to center on PR and media issues in particular.

With exactly 60 entries to date, it's been an incredibly important writing journey for me. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know Dear Gracie's contributors, readers and advice seekers. Thank you to those who had the time and interest to read the column, and to those who put their confidence in me to find the answers to their questions. A particular thanks to each expert who provided their knowledge and made Dear Gracie a success.

Now without further ado, here are the all-time most popular Dear Gracie posts:

How to Write Catchy Headlines

Nine Non-PR Skills Every PR Person Needs

The Great Serial/Oxford Comma Debate

Commas/Periods Inside or Outside of Quotation Marks?

Tips for How to Appear on Camera

Six Secrets to Successful Nonprofit PR

When Clients Want to Distribute Non-News

#Hashtags 101

Branding vs. Advertising vs. Marketing vs. PR

Press Kit Tips for Better Media Exposure

Th-th-th-th-that's all folks!

Gracie

 

ProfNet, a service of PR Newswire, has helped journalists and experts connect since 1992. Writers can search the ProfNet Connect database of more than 50,000 profiles; send a ProfNet query by email to thousands of subscribers around the globe; or get timely experts and story ideas by email.

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Expert Alerts: Shipping, Financial Literacy, Reverse Mortgages, More ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

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Impact of Work Stoppage in the Shipping Industry
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor
The Journal of Commerce
"The shipping industry has been transfixed by the possibility of the first Maine-to-Texas port strike in 35 years. The impact of a work stoppage involving the International Longshoremen's Association would quickly ripple through supply chains and the broader economy. Shipments would be delayed to factories and retail shelves. Companies would have to spend to reroute shipments and implement emergency plans."
Bonney, senior editor of The Journal of Commerce, has covered the International Longshoremen's Association longer and more thoroughly than any other reporter. He has reported extensively on the ILA's current negotiations with the U.S. Maritime Alliance and the union's threat to strike if a contract isn't reached by Sept. 30. He is available to discuss the negotiations and the impact on trade and the economy. The Journal of Commerce reports on waterfront labor relations year-round as part of its coverage, and Bonney has been the voice breaking many of these major stories.
Expert Contact: Joseph Bonney, Jbonney@joc.com

NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Dau-Schmidt, a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on labor and employment law, is available to comment on the NFL salary cap/collusion lawsuit: "The suit is fairly straightforward. The NFL is exempt from the antitrust laws only if they have a collective-bargaining agreement. The owners cannot among themselves agree to and enforce team salary caps."
Bio: bit.ly/PzXcnw
Website: www.law.indiana.edu
News Contact: Brianne O’Donnell, brianne.odonnell@gabbe.com or +1-212-220-4444

Financial Literacy for College Students
Francisca Amador
Financial Literacy Educator
Blackhawk Bank
"Many economic and financial experts warn that the student-debt levels could potentially cause the next financial crisis and stifle recovery in the housing market. Not only are students graduating with higher debt, but they also accumulate additional debt and damaged credit through poor financial decisions and habits gained from not understanding credit and budgeting. Financial literacy is rarely included in curriculum for young adults. Without this important knowledge, students can quickly damage their financial health with a few missteps."
Amador is available to speak on this issue and provide financial tips and best practices for college students.
News Contact: Kylie Crull, kcrull@pretc.net or +1-815-489-3956

Consumers Are in the Driver's Seat This Holiday Season: What Retailers/Brands Can Do About It
John Fleming
Board Advisor
Jingit
"The power shift is on. Consumers are in the driver's seat, dictating the terms on which they want to interact with brands. And brands are scrambling, trying to determine the secret sauce of where, when and how to engage with consumers and move from strictly business transactions to building ongoing, relevant relationships with consumers. New ad technology platforms are emerging to help brands carry conversations out of the bounds of the online or mobile ecosystem, and into the real world, through to the point of transaction; and then sustain that hard-won brand loyalty for the long term -- the Holy Grail for every brand, whether it's the largest retailer in the world or the small business on Main Street."
Jingit is the first company to pay consumers cash instantly for engaging with the brands they like. Fleming can speak to how consumers benefit from this engagement in terms of building relationships with brands that are relevant to their live; and he can discuss how brands and advertisers who move into a sequenced, ongoing conversation with the consumer will bridge the gap of shopping platform and device types, and how/why savvy brands will conduct ongoing conversations that become increasingly more personalized, relevant and welcomed by the consumer -- thanks to the feedback and interaction at every point in the dialogue. Fleming is the former chief merchandising officer/chief marketing officer of WalMart and the former president/CEO of WalMart.com.
Website: www.jingit.com
News Contact: Kathy Wilson, kwilson@tieronepr.com or +1-1-781-652-0499

Reverse Mortgages
Chip Poli
CEO
Poli Mortgage
"Many retirees may be lacking the funds needed to get through their golden years. A reverse mortgage can help by eliminating mortgage payments that are hard to maintain, update homes for comfortable living and even pay down debt. A reverse mortgage can offer you a lump sum of money to take a long desired trip, a new income stream or a line of credit that will allow you to do the things you have been putting off. This product is available for people 62 years of age or older and your home must be your primary residence. The amount you are eligible for varies based on age, interest rates and value of your home."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

Boost Your Apartment Safety
John McGrail
CEO
Mayo Group
"Apartment buildings must conform to certain fire precautions, but you can help. Don't overcrowd your apartment with furniture and belongings that could impede easy access to escape routes. If necessary, rent a storage unit for excess clutter. Always plan two escape routes and be extra careful with space heaters or any other devices that contain a heating element. Never leave these appliances on when you are not at home or when you are sleeping, and make sure they are located a safe distance from any fabrics or other flammable materials."
News Source: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

 

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MEDIA JOBS:

Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: bit.ly/pncjobboard

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OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES:

Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com

 

  • INTERESTING EXPERT OF THE WEEK, GENEALOGY EDITION: ProfNet Director Maria Perez interviews Megan Smolenyak on family ancestries and histories: goo.gl/ZNX8F

 

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BANS QUOTE APPROVALS: HOW TO AVOID MISQUOTES: Beth Monaghan provides on how to maintain good media relationships while ensuring accuracy: goo.gl/0kBAq

 

  • UPCOMING #CONNECTCHAT: HISPANIC MEDIA 2012: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti will interview Hugo Balta, coordinating producer at ESPN and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT: goo.gl/vSFla
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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:35:23 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/25/expert_alerts:_shipping,_financial_literacy,_reverse_mortgages,_more http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/25/expert_alerts:_shipping,_financial_literacy,_reverse_mortgages,_more ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

If you are in need of an expert source, you can also submit a free ProfNet query and have qualified sources come to you, or search the free ProfNet Connect database, which features nearly 50,000 user profiles, all searchable by keyword. If you are looking for Spanish-speaking experts, you can also opt to send your query via ProfNet en Español; just select that option when submitting your request.

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EXPERT ALERTS

  • Impact of Work Stoppage in the Shipping Industry
  • NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
  • Financial Literacy for College Students
  • Consumers Are in the Driver's Seat This Holiday Season
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Boost Your Apartment Safety

MEDIA JOBS

  • Associate Producer (Freelance) - NYC
  • Host of TED Radio Hour - Washington, D.C.
  • Assignment Editor - Los Angeles
  • Senior Editor - Minneapolis
  • Sports Producer - Dallas

OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES

  • Interesting Expert of the Week, Genealogy Edition
  • The New York Times Bans Quote Approvals: How to Avoid Misquotes
  • Upcoming #ConnectChat: Hispanic Media 2012

 

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EXPERT ALERTS

Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at bit.ly/pncalerts

Impact of Work Stoppage in the Shipping Industry
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor
The Journal of Commerce
"The shipping industry has been transfixed by the possibility of the first Maine-to-Texas port strike in 35 years. The impact of a work stoppage involving the International Longshoremen's Association would quickly ripple through supply chains and the broader economy. Shipments would be delayed to factories and retail shelves. Companies would have to spend to reroute shipments and implement emergency plans."
Bonney, senior editor of The Journal of Commerce, has covered the International Longshoremen's Association longer and more thoroughly than any other reporter. He has reported extensively on the ILA's current negotiations with the U.S. Maritime Alliance and the union's threat to strike if a contract isn't reached by Sept. 30. He is available to discuss the negotiations and the impact on trade and the economy. The Journal of Commerce reports on waterfront labor relations year-round as part of its coverage, and Bonney has been the voice breaking many of these major stories.
Expert Contact: Joseph Bonney, Jbonney@joc.com

NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Dau-Schmidt, a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on labor and employment law, is available to comment on the NFL salary cap/collusion lawsuit: "The suit is fairly straightforward. The NFL is exempt from the antitrust laws only if they have a collective-bargaining agreement. The owners cannot among themselves agree to and enforce team salary caps."
Bio: bit.ly/PzXcnw
Website: www.law.indiana.edu
News Contact: Brianne O’Donnell, brianne.odonnell@gabbe.com or +1-212-220-4444

Financial Literacy for College Students
Francisca Amador
Financial Literacy Educator
Blackhawk Bank
"Many economic and financial experts warn that the student-debt levels could potentially cause the next financial crisis and stifle recovery in the housing market. Not only are students graduating with higher debt, but they also accumulate additional debt and damaged credit through poor financial decisions and habits gained from not understanding credit and budgeting. Financial literacy is rarely included in curriculum for young adults. Without this important knowledge, students can quickly damage their financial health with a few missteps."
Amador is available to speak on this issue and provide financial tips and best practices for college students.
News Contact: Kylie Crull, kcrull@pretc.net or +1-815-489-3956

Consumers Are in the Driver's Seat This Holiday Season: What Retailers/Brands Can Do About It
John Fleming
Board Advisor
Jingit
"The power shift is on. Consumers are in the driver's seat, dictating the terms on which they want to interact with brands. And brands are scrambling, trying to determine the secret sauce of where, when and how to engage with consumers and move from strictly business transactions to building ongoing, relevant relationships with consumers. New ad technology platforms are emerging to help brands carry conversations out of the bounds of the online or mobile ecosystem, and into the real world, through to the point of transaction; and then sustain that hard-won brand loyalty for the long term -- the Holy Grail for every brand, whether it's the largest retailer in the world or the small business on Main Street."
Jingit is the first company to pay consumers cash instantly for engaging with the brands they like. Fleming can speak to how consumers benefit from this engagement in terms of building relationships with brands that are relevant to their live; and he can discuss how brands and advertisers who move into a sequenced, ongoing conversation with the consumer will bridge the gap of shopping platform and device types, and how/why savvy brands will conduct ongoing conversations that become increasingly more personalized, relevant and welcomed by the consumer -- thanks to the feedback and interaction at every point in the dialogue. Fleming is the former chief merchandising officer/chief marketing officer of WalMart and the former president/CEO of WalMart.com.
Website: www.jingit.com
News Contact: Kathy Wilson, kwilson@tieronepr.com or +1-1-781-652-0499

Reverse Mortgages
Chip Poli
CEO
Poli Mortgage
"Many retirees may be lacking the funds needed to get through their golden years. A reverse mortgage can help by eliminating mortgage payments that are hard to maintain, update homes for comfortable living and even pay down debt. A reverse mortgage can offer you a lump sum of money to take a long desired trip, a new income stream or a line of credit that will allow you to do the things you have been putting off. This product is available for people 62 years of age or older and your home must be your primary residence. The amount you are eligible for varies based on age, interest rates and value of your home."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

Boost Your Apartment Safety
John McGrail
CEO
Mayo Group
"Apartment buildings must conform to certain fire precautions, but you can help. Don't overcrowd your apartment with furniture and belongings that could impede easy access to escape routes. If necessary, rent a storage unit for excess clutter. Always plan two escape routes and be extra careful with space heaters or any other devices that contain a heating element. Never leave these appliances on when you are not at home or when you are sleeping, and make sure they are located a safe distance from any fabrics or other flammable materials."
News Source: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

 

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MEDIA JOBS:

Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: bit.ly/pncjobboard

See more listings here.

 

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OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES:

Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com

 

  • INTERESTING EXPERT OF THE WEEK, GENEALOGY EDITION: ProfNet Director Maria Perez interviews Megan Smolenyak on family ancestries and histories: goo.gl/ZNX8F

 

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BANS QUOTE APPROVALS: HOW TO AVOID MISQUOTES: Beth Monaghan provides on how to maintain good media relationships while ensuring accuracy: goo.gl/0kBAq

 

  • UPCOMING #CONNECTCHAT: HISPANIC MEDIA 2012: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti will interview Hugo Balta, coordinating producer at ESPN and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT: goo.gl/vSFla
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Expert Alerts: Donations, Apartment Safety, Negative Emotions, More ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

If you are in need of an expert source, you can also submit a free ProfNet query and have qualified sources come to you, or search the free ProfNet Connect database, which features nearly 50,000 user profiles, all searchable by keyword. If you are looking for Spanish-speaking experts, you can also opt to send your query via ProfNet en Español; just select that option when submitting your request.

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  • NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
  • Helping Kids Deal With Negative Emotions: 'The Other Side'
  • Boost Your Apartment Safety
  • Should You Trash or Donate?
  • Consumers Earn Cash with New Marketing Engagement Models

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  • Senior Editor - Minneapolis
  • Producer - Dallas
  • Digital Reporter - Washington, D.C.

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  • Interesting Expert of the Week, Genealogy Edition
  • Upcoming #ConnectChat: Hispanic Media 2012
  • Media News Highlight

 

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EXPERT ALERTS

Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at bit.ly/pncalerts

NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Dau-Schmidt, a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on labor and employment law, is available to comment on the NFL salary cap/collusion lawsuit: "The suit is fairly straightforward. The NFL is exempt from the antitrust laws only if they have a collective-bargaining agreement. The owners cannot among themselves agree to and enforce team salary caps."
Bio: bit.ly/PzXcnw
Website: www.law.indiana.edu
News Contact: Brianne O’Donnell, brianne.odonnell@gabbe.com or +1-212-220-4444

Helping Kids Deal With Negative Emotions: 'The Other Side'
Christine Agro
Founder
The Conscious Mom's Guide
"Introduce the idea of 'the other side' of emotions as a way for parents to help their kids deal with fear, anger, anxiety and sadness. The other side of fear might be freedom or courage; the other side of sad might be happy or silly or joy. Kids come up with their own 'other side' and each time they do they will be reminded that emotions are fluid and changeable."
Agro started using "the other side" concept with her son when he was around 2 years old and just starting to put words to his feelings. She found it was incredibly helpful for him to see that he didn't have to be stuck in one emotion, that there was always "the other side" of it.
Agro also writes the daily blog :Life as a Conscious Mom" for Beliefnet, a multi-faith based content site with more than 4 million unique monthly visitors. She is the author of "50 Ways to Live Life Consciously" (Haldi Press).
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/christineagro
Website: theconsciousmomsguide.ning.com
Expert Contact: christine@theconsciousmomsguide.net

Boost Your Apartment Safety
John McGrail
CEO
Mayo Group
"Apartment buildings must conform to certain fire precautions, but you can help. Don't overcrowd your apartment with furniture and belongings that could impede easy access to escape routes. If necessary, rent a storage unit for excess clutter. Always plan two escape routes and be extra careful with space heaters or any other devices that contain a heating element. Never leave these appliances on when you are not at home or when you are sleeping, and make sure they are located a safe distance from any fabrics or other flammable materials."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

Should You Trash or Donate?
Peggy Patenaude
Realtor
Prudential, Howe and Doherty in Andover, Mass.
"If you are downsizing, and you have decided to clean up the clutter in your home, you may be wondering what to trash and what to donate. How do you know? A good rule of thumb is to call the charity you are considering donating to, and find out if they will take the item you wish them to have, and ask if they will come pick it up. If they are not able to pick up a large item, and you don't own a truck to move it, you may be better off trashing the couch or piano. Another question to ask is how used is the item? If the couch is 10 years old and has been drooled on by Fido, the kids and the company, chances are the charity will say 'no thank you,' but if it is an antique chair in need of some love you'd like to part with, they may be thrilled to have it."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

Consumers Earn Cash with New Marketing Engagement Models
Joe Rogness
CEO
Jingit
"What consumers increasingly crave is a level of 'in-the-moment' context that hasn't been available to date. And if brands think figuring out the device puzzle is the key to opening the door to consumers' pocketbooks, they're wrong. Instead, the question they need to be asking themselves at every point in the marketing lifecycle is: 'Is the message we're trying to communicate relevant to a consumer's shopping experience right now?'"
Jingit is the first company to pay consumers cash instantly for engaging with the brands they like. Rogness can speak to new marketing engagement models being used by major retailers and product brands that let brands connect in a respectful way with consumers and create a win-win scenario where consumers get some extra cash (just in time for the holidays). Brands get their attention in a way that never has before and marketing gets a serious second wind.
Website: www.jingit.com
News Contact Kathy Wilson, kwilson@tieronepr.com or +1-781-652-0499

 

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  • NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
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  • Boost Your Apartment Safety
  • Should You Trash or Donate?
  • Consumers Earn Cash with New Marketing Engagement Models

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NFL Antitrust/Collusion Lawsuit
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Dau-Schmidt, a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on labor and employment law, is available to comment on the NFL salary cap/collusion lawsuit: "The suit is fairly straightforward. The NFL is exempt from the antitrust laws only if they have a collective-bargaining agreement. The owners cannot among themselves agree to and enforce team salary caps."
Bio: bit.ly/PzXcnw
Website: www.law.indiana.edu
News Contact: Brianne O’Donnell, brianne.odonnell@gabbe.com or +1-212-220-4444

Helping Kids Deal With Negative Emotions: 'The Other Side'
Christine Agro
Founder
The Conscious Mom's Guide
"Introduce the idea of 'the other side' of emotions as a way for parents to help their kids deal with fear, anger, anxiety and sadness. The other side of fear might be freedom or courage; the other side of sad might be happy or silly or joy. Kids come up with their own 'other side' and each time they do they will be reminded that emotions are fluid and changeable."
Agro started using "the other side" concept with her son when he was around 2 years old and just starting to put words to his feelings. She found it was incredibly helpful for him to see that he didn't have to be stuck in one emotion, that there was always "the other side" of it.
Agro also writes the daily blog :Life as a Conscious Mom" for Beliefnet, a multi-faith based content site with more than 4 million unique monthly visitors. She is the author of "50 Ways to Live Life Consciously" (Haldi Press).
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/christineagro
Website: theconsciousmomsguide.ning.com
Expert Contact: christine@theconsciousmomsguide.net

Boost Your Apartment Safety
John McGrail
CEO
Mayo Group
"Apartment buildings must conform to certain fire precautions, but you can help. Don't overcrowd your apartment with furniture and belongings that could impede easy access to escape routes. If necessary, rent a storage unit for excess clutter. Always plan two escape routes and be extra careful with space heaters or any other devices that contain a heating element. Never leave these appliances on when you are not at home or when you are sleeping, and make sure they are located a safe distance from any fabrics or other flammable materials."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

Should You Trash or Donate?
Peggy Patenaude
Realtor
Prudential, Howe and Doherty in Andover, Mass.
"If you are downsizing, and you have decided to clean up the clutter in your home, you may be wondering what to trash and what to donate. How do you know? A good rule of thumb is to call the charity you are considering donating to, and find out if they will take the item you wish them to have, and ask if they will come pick it up. If they are not able to pick up a large item, and you don't own a truck to move it, you may be better off trashing the couch or piano. Another question to ask is how used is the item? If the couch is 10 years old and has been drooled on by Fido, the kids and the company, chances are the charity will say 'no thank you,' but if it is an antique chair in need of some love you'd like to part with, they may be thrilled to have it."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

Consumers Earn Cash with New Marketing Engagement Models
Joe Rogness
CEO
Jingit
"What consumers increasingly crave is a level of 'in-the-moment' context that hasn't been available to date. And if brands think figuring out the device puzzle is the key to opening the door to consumers' pocketbooks, they're wrong. Instead, the question they need to be asking themselves at every point in the marketing lifecycle is: 'Is the message we're trying to communicate relevant to a consumer's shopping experience right now?'"
Jingit is the first company to pay consumers cash instantly for engaging with the brands they like. Rogness can speak to new marketing engagement models being used by major retailers and product brands that let brands connect in a respectful way with consumers and create a win-win scenario where consumers get some extra cash (just in time for the holidays). Brands get their attention in a way that never has before and marketing gets a serious second wind.
Website: www.jingit.com
News Contact Kathy Wilson, kwilson@tieronepr.com or +1-781-652-0499

 

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  • INTERESTING EXPERT OF THE WEEK, GENEALOGY EDITION: ProfNet Director Maria Perez interviews Megan Smolenyak, an expert on tracing family ancestries and histories: goo.gl/1iLVr

 

  • UPCOMING #CONNECTCHAT: HISPANIC MEDIA 2012: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti will interview Hugo Balta, coordinating producer at ESPN and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT: goo.gl/4vi02

 

  • MEDIA NEWS HIGHLIGHT: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti shares articles and stories from the worlds of media and journalism that might be of interest to newsroom professionals: goo.gl/isG0o
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