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    How to Write a Killer Book Proposal

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 11:38 AM [#ConnectChat]
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    Everyone has a book in them, but coming up with the idea is just the first step. You still have to sell your idea to a publisher (if you choose not to self-publish). And in order to get an agent’s/publisher’s interest, you have to write a killer book proposal. So, what goes into a book proposal, and what will make it stand out from the crowd?

    That was the topic of yesterday’s #ConnectChat with Jennifer Lawler, author or co-author of more than 40 books. Lawler’s website, Be Your Own Book Doctor, has a ton of great info on the book-writing process. She is also hosting two online courses in March on book proposals and self-publishing.

    If you missed the chat, here are a few highlights:

    Why is a book proposal important?

    A book proposal is a business plan for your book. You need it; your agent needs it; your editor needs it. People think writing a book proposal is just hoop-jumping, but if it is, you’re doing it wrong. A book proposal teaches you as much about your book as it sells it to an agent/editor. I’ve had students realize “this is not what I want to do” when writing a book proposal. What a great realization! It saves time and effort. Researching a book proposal helps you figure out how to tell your story in a way that will appeal to your audience. Sometimes your book idea needs a tweak -- the proposal shows you that and points you in the right direction.

    What’s the biggest misconception about book proposals?

    Writers think a book proposal is about describing a book idea. It’s not. It’s about selling a book. Also, [people think] it takes forever to write a proposal, but I’ve had students do it over a weekend (and have done it myself).

    What’s the optimal length for a book proposal?

    A book proposal should be as long or short as it needs to be to answer the likely questions an agent/editor will have. Remember, people don’t have time. When writing your book proposal, be concise. Use supplements to flesh out points.

    What are the ideal components of a book proposal?

    Book proposals usually have an overview, an “about the author” section, competitive analysis, promotion, chapter summaries, and sample material.

    The overview describes what your book is about. The “about the author” section describes why you’re the right person to write the book (credentials, etc.). The competitive analysis section shows how your book differs from others like it and that there’s an audience for it. The promotion section showcases your platform and what you’ll do to get your book in front of its audience. Chapter summaries go into more detail about the content of your book. Sample material (such as sample chapters) show that you can write the book you’re proposing.

    It's common for you to have to go back and tweak sections as you do additional research. For example, you describe your book in the overview, then, as you research the competition, you realize you need to tweak your content. I always recommend Michael Larsen's book, "How to Write a Book Proposal." Tons of great info.

    What is the one most important thing a book proposal needs to include?

    The most important thing in a book proposal is to answer why readers will want to buy the book. You really have to know your audience -- who they are, where to find them, why they need your book.

    How about the flip side: What should a good book proposal never include?

    A book proposal should not include the statement, “No one has ever written a book like this before!” That equals no audience.

    Does it matter what genre your book fits into? Are there different proposal guidelines for different types of books?

    Most nonfiction is sold by proposal, but some creative nonfiction, like a memoir, requires a complete manuscript, or a partial manuscript and a synopsis. Fiction is rarely sold by proposal unless you’re already established as a novelist. A fiction proposal usually just needs an outline or synopsis plus sample chapters -- but only if you're established. If your book is more about narrative vs. content (narrative nonfiction vs. how-to), then agents/editors will want to see more sample chapters.

    What about digital books? Is there a different process if you’re pitching an e-book?

    If you’re pitching a traditional publisher, the book proposal follows the same format whether it’s a print or e-book. If pitching an e-book, show your familiarity with them by not proposing a ton of illustrations, for example. If you’re self-publishing, a book proposal gives you a roadmap for planning your book. It helps you avoid pitfalls early on.

    This question comes from Rich McDonald (@biomedicaldude): “I read a book proposal should mimic a movie proposal (i.e., this movie is a cross of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Titanic’). True?”

    It can help to compare your book to big books that are like it, yes. It helps orient the agents/editors.

    This one is from N.B. Carroll (@enbeecee): Has the definition of “platform” changed for non-fiction proposals since online media has gained so much dominance?

    Platform is still your ability to reach readers, but your social media presence is now a huge part of your platform. Sometimes it can pay to partner with a co-author if your platform/expertise isn't sufficient.

    You host a class on writing book proposals. Can you tell us a little more about it?

    My book proposal class starts March 3. Students get instruction and feedback on their proposals. More info: BeYourOwnBookDoctor.com. My class for self-publishing authors helps you plan your book, though you don’t need a traditional book proposal.

    Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. You can send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, search the more than 60,000 profiles on ProfNet Connect, or get timely experts and story ideas by email -- all for free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com.

    Upcoming #ConnectChat: How to Write a Killer Book Proposal

    Thursday, December 12, 2013, 8:44 AM [#ConnectChat]
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    Everyone has a book inside them, but coming up with the idea is just the first step. You still have to sell your idea to a publisher (if you choose not to self-publish). And in order to get an agent’s/publisher’s interest, you have to write a killer book proposal.

    So, what goes into a book proposal, and what will make it stand out from the crowd?

    In our next #ConnectChat, Jennifer Lawler, author or co-author of more than 40 books, will share her tips on writing a great book proposal.

    Lawler’s website, Be Your Own Book Doctor, has a ton of great info on the book-writing process. She is also hosting two online courses in March on book proposals and self-publishing.

    We’re thrilled she agreed to share some of her insider info with us!

    The chat will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST. To follow or participate in the chat, just follow the #ConnectChat hashtag on Twitter to view all updates from @JenniferLawler, @ProfNet and the rest of the chat participants. We'll start off with a few questions to get the conversation going, but feel free to jump in with your own questions at any point.

    If you do not have a Twitter account or won’t be able to make it to the chat, you can find a recap on ProfNet Connect the following day. To view past #ConnectChat recaps, click here.

    More About Jennifer Lawler
    Lawler is the author or co-author of more than 40  books, mostly nonfiction, including her popular and award-winning “Dojo Wisdom” series (Penguin). She has written a number of romances under three pen names.

    Lawler works as a book development editor and has taught classes on how to write a book proposal for many years. A number of her students have gone on to land publishing deals. She has also worked as a literary agent and as an acquisitions editor, giving her considerable experience on both sides of the publishing process.

    Lawler earned her Ph.D. in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.

    Business Journalism Online: A Wake-up Call to Traditional Media

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:05 PM [Freelance Focus]
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    “Some of the best business journalism is being committed on the Web, and much of it is being done on sites not connected to newspapers.”

    So writes John Talton, a 30-year veteran financial journalist and an economics columnist for the Seattle Times.

    In his recent post on BusinessJournalism.org, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism’s online resource for writers, Talton shares a list of websites that are doing business journalism the right way, including Wonkblog, Mathbabe, Economist’s View, and Econbrowser.

    These sites, writes Talton, “should be a lesson in how to avoid making local business sections suck … and it should be a wake-up call to those in traditional media that want to stay relevant.”

    If you’re a writer specializing in business and economic topics, check out Talton’s post for some sites that are “kicking ass online”:

    The New Competition: Read ‘em or Weep

    Influential Media Outlets That Used ProfNet in November

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 9:14 AM [ProfNet]
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    ProfNet has been helping journalists and experts connect for more than 20 years. In that time, we have seen queries from just about every type of outlet imaginable – from newspapers and magazines to radio shows and blogs. And while the media times are always changing, there are still a great many stories being written, and writers still need expert sources.

    Here is a sampling of the influential media outlets that used ProfNet last month:

    News Services
    Associated Press
    Bloomberg News
    Capital News Service
    Dow Jones
    McClatchy News Wire
    Medill News Service
    Reuters
    Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
    The Chicago Bureau
    Thomson Reuters

    General News
    Arlington Magazine (VA)
    Aspen Journalism
    Atlantic Post
    Bay Area News Group (CA)
    Canada.com
    Christian Science Monitor
    CNBC.com
    CNN.com
    Daily Beast
    Editor & Publisher
    Epoch Times
    FOX News
    Huffington Post
    La Opinion
    Los Angeles magazine
    Newsmax Media
    Medill Reports
    Postmedia Digital (Canada)
    Time.com
    U.S. News & World Report
    Univision.com
    Wall Street Journal
    Yahoo! En Español

    Newspapers
    Alva Review-Courier (OK)
    American City Business Journals
    Argus Leader (SD)
    Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
    Baltimore Sun
    Baton Rouge Advocate (LA)
    Belleville News-Democrat (IL)
    Boston Globe
    Bradenton Herald (FL)
    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago Tribune
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX)
    Daily American (PA)
    Daily Herald (IL)
    Denver Post
    Detroit Free Press
    Detroit News
    Elk Grove News (CA)
    Erickson Tribune
    Flint Journal (MI)
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
    Holloway Express (UK)
    Houston Chronicle
    Independent Tribune (NC)
    Indiana Chronicle
    Kansas City Star
    Kenosha News (WI)
    Metro Newspapers
    Miami Herald
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    New York Times
    News Journal (DE)
    Newsday (NY)
    Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
    Observer (UK)
    Orange County Register (CA)
    Orlando Sentinel (FL)
    Palm Beach Post (FL)
    Parade
    Philadelphia Daily News
    Philadelphia Metro
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Press-Enterprise (CA)
    St. Joseph News Press (MO)
    San Jose Mercury News (CA)
    South China Morning Post
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Southampton Press (NY)
    Star-Ledger (NJ)
    Statesboro Herald (GA)
    Sunday Times of London
    Sussex Newspaper (UK)
    Tampa Tribune (FL)
    The Courier (OH)
    The Record (NJ)
    Times of Northwest Indiana
    Toronto Star
    USA Today
    York Daily Record (PA)

    Radio/TV Outlets
    CBS Chicago
    CBS New York
    Clear Channel Radio
    Ivanhoe Broadcast News
    KPBS (CA)
    Lifestyle TalkRadio Network
    ManMade Films
    MediaTracks
    Michigan Entrepreneur TV
    MTV News
    NBC Connecticut News
    NET News (NE)
    New England Cable News
    Prometheus Entertainment
    The Money Pit
    The Weather Channel
    Voice of America
    WBGO.org (NJ)
    WDDE 91.1 FM (DE)
    WFMY News 2 (NC)
    WGME 13 (ME)
    WKLB.com (MA)
    WNVR 1030 AM Chicago
    WUTC 88.1 FM (TN)
    XETV "The CW" San Diego 6

    Beauty/Fashion News
    Beauty High
    Beauty in the Bag
    Beauty News NYC
    Collective310.com
    Fashion 360
    Glamour
    Life Love Beauty
    The Fashion Spot

    Business/Industry News
    American Express Knowledge Center
    Athletic Business
    Baltimore Business Journal
    Bankrate.com
    Best’s Review
    Blueshift Reports
    Bridges.com
    CEO magazine
    CFO.com
    Channel Pro SMB
    Colloquy
    CommPRO.biz
    Compliance Week
    Content Marketing Institute
    Corporate Secretary
    Crain's New York Business
    Digi-Key's Supply Chain HQ
    Direct Marketing News
    Diversity Executive
    Diversity MBA Magazine
    EContent
    Entrepreneur
    ExecSense Webinars
    Fast Company
    Fiscal Times
    Forbes.com
    ForbesLife
    Gift Shop Magazine
    Global Trade Magazine
    Governing Magazine
    HRWire/Thomson West
    HVACR Business
    Human Resource Executive
    Inc. magazine
    Industry Market Trends
    Insight Into Diversity
    International Business Times
    Intuit Small Business Blog
    JobWeek
    Middle Market Executive
    MidJersey Business
    Modern Recruiting
    Monster.com
    NFIB.com
    Nonprofit Business Advisor
    PIA magazine
    Private Label Store Brands Magazine
    Proformative.com
    PRWeek
    QSR Magazine
    Real Business
    Recreation Management magazine
    Retail Leader magazine
    SBN Interactive
    SeaFood Business Magazine
    SHRM.org
    Smart Business Interactive
    Specialty Coffee Retailer
    Staffing Decisions
    Success Magazine
    Supplier Global Resource magazine
    Supply Chain World
    Today's Farmer
    Transaction World
    Workforce Diversity

    Education News
    Community College Campus News
    Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
    Hechinger Report
    National Business Education Forum
    NEA Member Benefits
    Scholastic
    TakePart.com
    University Business Magazine
    Yahoo! Education

    Energy/Environment News
    American Recycler
    Earth911
    Energy & Infrastructure
    Energy Executive magazine
    NRDC Switchboard
    Oil & Gas Investor
    Oil & Gas Monitor

    Entertainment/Sports News
    Hollywood Reporter
    King Features Syndicate
    The WEI Network
    Variety

    Finance/Personal Finance News
    AFP Exchange
    Consumer Reports Money Adviser
    Credit Union Times
    DailyWorth
    DepositAccounts.com
    eHow Money
    Fidelity.com
    Financial Advisor Magazine
    Fund Strategy magazine
    Insure.com
    Interest.com
    Investopedia
    Investor's Business Daily
    LearnVest
    Loans.org
    MainStreet.com
    Marketplace Radio
    Markets Media
    MarketWatch.com
    Mint.com

    Health/Fitness News
    ADVANCE for Healthcare Jobs
    Balanced Living magazine
    Body & More Magazine
    Broward Health Magazine
    Chiropractic Economics
    eHow Health
    Electronic Health Reporter
    Everyday Health
    HealthBiz Decoded
    HealthCallings
    Healthcare Risk Management
    HealthDay
    Healthline
    Infection Control Today
    Insulin Nation
    International Medical Travel Journal
    Kaiser Health News
    Lab Manager Magazine
    Managed Care Contracting and Reimbursement
    Managed Healthcare Executive
    Max Sports & Fitness
    Medical Economics
    Medical Office Today
    Medical Practice Insider
    Merion Matters
    New Public Health
    Oncology Times
    Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor
    PharmaVoice
    Physician's Money Digest
    Plastic Surgery Practice
    Psychology Today
    PT in Motion magazine
    RA Insider
    Retinal Physician
    Senior Outlook Today
    Student Health 101
    Today's Geriatric Medicine
    Type 2 Nation
    Univision's MiDieta
    Whole Life Times

    Law/Government News
    American Law Journal Television
    Federal Times
    FedTech Magazine
    Government Executive
    Government Product News
    HR Compliance Law Bulletin
    Intellectual Property Watch
    JD Journal
    Law360
    Military Transition News
    MOAA: Military Discounts & Offers
    Westlaw Journal Corporate Officers & Directors

    Lifestyle/Women’s News
    All You magazine
    American Baby
    Betty Confidential
    Boomer Confidential
    Chesapeake Family
    Cosmopolitan for Latinas
    Divine Caroline
    Ebony
    eHow.com
    First for Women
    Gannett's YES! Your Essential Shopper
    Gay List Daily
    Good Housekeeping
    HoneyColony
    iVillage
    Lafayette Parent
    Life Reimagined
    Livestrong.com
    Long Island Bride & Groom
    Loop21.com
    LoveToKnow
    ParentCity
    Pittsburgh Better Times
    Quarter Life Circus
    Real Simple
    Runner’s World
    Self magazine
    SheKnows
    Style on Main
    Vows magazine
    Woman’s Day
    Woman's World
    Yahoo! Mujer

    Pets/Veterinary News
    AKC Family Dog
    Pet Age Magazine
    Petcentric

    Real Estate/Building/Home News
    Construction Today
    Daily Properties
    DIY Network
    Hanley Wood
    HomeStyle Weekly
    MyMortgageInsider.com
    SF Cooperator
    Yahoo! Homes

    Technology/Science News
    Computerworld
    CSO Online
    Desktop Engineering
    Discovery News
    E-Commerce Times
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    InfoWorld
    Nature Biotechnology
    NetworkWorld
    PCMag Digital Network
    RFID Insider
    Science Magazine
    Small Business Computing
    StateTech Magazine
    TechNewsWorld
    TechSmart Podcast
    Telematics Update
    The Next Web

    Travel/Hospitality/Food News
    About.com Business Travel
    BonApettit.com
    Corporate & Incentive Travel
    Exploration Travel Magazine
    Food & Drink magazine
    Global Traveler
    Hospitality Technology Magazine
    Hotel News Now
    IN magazine
    New England Ski Journal
    Open Road Magazine
    Organic Hudson Valley Magazine
    Pathfinders Travel Magazine
    Restaurant Business Magazine
    Southern Hospitality Traveler
    Yahoo! Travel

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    Upcoming Events for PR/Media Pros

    Friday, November 22, 2013, 1:52 PM [Upcoming Events]
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    We regularly update our ProfNet Connect calendar to include upcoming events we think will be of interest to PR and media professionals. Here are a few events coming up over the next few weeks:

    Event: Writing That Sells – Products, Services and Ideas
    Host: PRSA
    Date: Dec. 2
    Location: Online
    Summary: Ann Wylie, president of Wylie Communications, will show you how to put your public relations and communications copy among the fraction your readers actually read.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Winter Holiday Mixer
    Host: NLGJA
    Date: Dec. 3
    Location: Phoenix
    Summary: This event is hosted by NLGJA Arizona and NLGJA ASU (Arizona State University).
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Monthly Luncheon: A New Hospital Open for Business
    Host: PRSA Cincinnati
    Date: Dec. 3
    Location: Cincinnati
    Summary: Opening any new facility is full of challenges, but when that facility will serve as a healthcare hub for thousands in the Cincinnati area, it's a process years in the making. Lesia Golden, director of internal communications and marketing for Mercy Health, will share stories about the steps they went through to open the new Mercy West location.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Internal Communication & Situational Messaging Conference
    Host: IABC Boston
    Date: Dec. 4-6
    Location: Boston
    Summary: This conference will provide attendees actionable solutions to employee engagement issues, including proven methods to combat drop-off in the usage of intranet platforms. Top-level individuals in employee communication, internal communication, corporate communication, human resources and similar sectors will have the opportunity to network with one another to share best practices revolving around situational messaging.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Coffee With Communicators
    Host: IABC Chicago
    Date: Dec. 4
    Location: Chicago
    Summary: Learn how to get the most of your IABC/Chicago membership. This event is available to IABC/Chicago members who have joined within the last 12 months and have not previously attended a new member breakfast.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: IABC-LA/HPRA-LA/AMA-LA Holiday Celebration
    Host: Hispanic PR Association
    Date: Dec. 4
    Location: Los Angeles
    Summary: IABC-LA is partnering with sister organizations Hispanic Public Relations Association and the American Marketing Association (AMA-LA) for this holiday celebration. Network with Los Angeles PR and marketing pros and business communicators.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Engaging Millennials – December Morning Manager
    Host: IABC Seattle
    Date: Dec. 4
    Location: Seattle
    Summary: In this era of screens and social media, communication is evolving by the day, and Millennials are the driving force behind it. As a communicator, you have to master more than the latest tools, you need to understand the people using those tools -- and their how and why. Therese Caruso will share her insights in this engaging talk.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Monthly Luncheon
    Host: PRSA Georgia
    Date: Dec. 5
    Location: Atlanta
    Summary: Public relations often feels like a three-ring circus. Crystal Drake, APR, SE PR manager for Feld Entertainment (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam and live entertainment experiences), and Elyse Hammett, APR, VP-PR of EOS Marketing, will discuss the value of rigorous PR planning and how Feld and its local agencies manage the PR campaign lifecycle for maximum exposure.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Content Marketing Crash Course
    Host: MarketingProfs University
    Date: Dec. 5
    Location: Online
    Summary: Designed for marketers who are looking for more from their content marketing efforts and are seeking to expand their reach and broadcast content through additional digital channels, this course will give you the hands-on tactics that will have immediate impact on your content marketing program.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Social Media and New Media PR Boot Camp
    Host: PRSA
    Date: Dec. 5-6
    Location: Online
    Summary: Learn the ins and outs of blogging, podcasting, RSS, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, online newsrooms and other social media. Gain hands-on experience through easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises using new media tools and services, and strategic knowledge of how to apply social media to your organization’s communications.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: NY Press Club Foundation Holiday Party
    Host: New York Press Club
    Date: Dec. 9
    Location: New York
    Summary: Our Holiday Party, an annual charitable event hosted by the New York Press Club Foundation for the benefit of disadvantaged city kids, returns to the Yale Club this year.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Publishing
    Host: ASJA
    Date: Dec. 10
    Location: New York
    Summary: Are you thinking about self-publishing for the first time? Don't make these common mistakes that most authors make. Miral Sattar, CEO of BiblioCrunch.com will go over the ins and outs of self-publishing and help you create your publishing checklist to make sure you put out the best book possible.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Social Media Marketing for Professional Services Leadership Forum
    Host: Business Development Institute
    Date: Dec. 10
    Location: New York
    Summary: Speakers will share case studies and lessons learned from leading firms about how they use social media and content marketing to highlight expertise, build new business and expand relationships with existing clients.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Holiday Mixer
    Host: PubClub/PRSA Boston
    Date: Dec. 11
    Location: Boston
    Summary: This is a joint holiday mixer with PubClub and PRSA Boston.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Visual Social Communications Leadership Forum
    Host: Business Development Institute
    Date: Dec. 12
    Location: New York
    Summary: This forum will demonstrate how leading brands are harnessing images and platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest to break through the clutter to reach their audience.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: The Digital Engagement
    Host: ASJA
    Date: Dec. 17
    Location: New York
    Summary: Digital content is the new zeitgeist in B-to-C and B-to-B communication today. This panel provides insights into this new world and how writers can address the challenges it presents. Learn the skills you need to write slide shows, video scripts and other digital content.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Free Holiday Party and Networking Event
    Host: NJ CAMA
    Date: Dec. 18
    Location: Princeton, N.J.
    Summary: Business networking and holiday cheer will come together as the New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association (NJ CAMA) hosts its annual holiday party.
    Complete event info here.

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    Influential Media Outlets That Used ProfNet in October

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 4:09 PM [ProfNet]
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    Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. Send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, or get timely experts and story ideas by email. Both are free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com.


    ProfNet has been helping journalists and experts connect for more than 20 years. In that time, we have seen queries from just about every type of outlet imaginable – from newspapers and magazines to radio shows and blogs. And while the media times are always changing, there are still a great many stories being written, and writers still need expert sources.

    Here are just a few of the influential media outlets that used ProfNet last month:

    News Services
    Associated Press
    Bloomberg News
    Cronkite News
    McClatchy News Wire
    Medill News Service
    Morris News Service
    Reuters
    Scripps Howard News Service
    Thomson Reuters

    General News
    Al Jazeera America
    Al Jazeera English
    AOL.com
    Atlantic Post
    Christian Science Monitor
    CNBC.com
    CNN.com
    Consumer Reports
    Epoch Times
    FOX News
    Hound
    Huffington Post
    Jewish Exponent
    La Opinion
    Wall Street Journal Digital
    Mint Press News
    Mother Nature Network
    MSNBC's The Grio
    National Geographic
    The Crisis Magazine
    Time.com
    U.S. News & World Report
    Univision.com
    Wall Street Journal

    Newspapers
    Albany Times Union (NY)
    Arizona Republic
    Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Auburn Plainsman (AL)
    Bakersfield Californian
    Baltimore Sun
    Belleville News-Democrat (IL)
    Caller-Times (TX)
    Champion Newspapers (CA)
    Chicago Tribune
    Cincinnati Enquirer
    Columbus Dispatch (OH)
    Commercial Appeal (TN)
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX)
    Daily Herald (IL)
    Daily News-Sun (AZ)
    Daily Pennsylvanian
    Decatur Daily (AL)
    Des Moines Register (IA)
    Detroit News
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
    Greenville News (SC)
    Houston Chronicle
    Intelligencer/Bucks County Courier Times (PA)
    Jacksonville Daily Progress (FL)
    Journal & Courier (IN)
    Las Vegas Guardian Express
    Los Angeles Times
    Malibu Surfside News (CA)
    Metro Newspapers
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Naples Daily News
    National Post (Canada)
    New York Post
    New York Times
    Newsday (NY)
    North Dallas Gazette
    Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
    Orlando Sentinel (FL)
    Palm Springs Life (CA)
    Parade
    Philadelphia Daily News
    Philadelphia Inquirer
    Phoenix Focus
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Plain Dealer (OH)
    Pocono Record (PA)
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
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    Upcoming PR/Media Events

    Friday, November 1, 2013, 10:50 AM [Upcoming Events]
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    We regularly update our ProfNet Connect calendar to include upcoming events we think will be of interest to PR and media professionals. Here are a few events coming up over the next few weeks:

    Event: JournCamp
    Host: Society of Professional Journalists
    Date: Nov. 2
    Location: Minneapolis
    Summary: In this daylong workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Meet Home & Garden Editors
    Host: Publicity Club of New York
    Date: Nov. 4
    Location: New York
    Summary: This monthly PCNY luncheon will feature editors from Hearst Design Group, Inhabitat, NBC/LX “Open House,” Apartment Therapy, New York Observer and Lonny Magazine.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Trend Outlook: Adapting PR to the Technology (R)evolution
    Host: IPRA
    Date: Nov. 7
    Location: Vienna, Va.
    Summary: Trends in software and technology present challenges and opportunities for communicators.  As PR practitioners, where should we be focused to get the most out of the advances for ourselves and our clients? What does the future hold for PR as technology evolves? Microsoft PR Director Tonya Klause will explore these topics from her unique vantage point.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Annual Awards Celebration
    Host: PRSA Georgia
    Date: Nov. 7
    Location: Atlanta
    Summary: Join the annual celebration of public relations projects and programs with a chapter-wide gala evening.  Guests will enjoy cocktails and a silent auction of 60+ Items from vacations to cooking classes and then dinner and presentation of awards for the “Best of the Best” from the past year.  Three individuals will be honored with special awards and an honoree will be inducted into the chapter’s Order of the Phoenix.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: SNCR Annual Events
    Host: Society for New Communications Research
    Date: Nov. 7
    Location: Boston
    Summary: SNCR Annual Event brings together thought leaders and decision makers to discuss the impact of social media and new communications on PR, marketing, advertising, media, journalism, business, culture and society.
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    Event: Digital Marketing World Virtual Conference Series
    Host: MarketingProfs
    Date: Nov. 8
    Location: Online
    Summary: Mobile marketing is the latest channel you can't afford to ignore. As marketers, you know the importance of reaching customers where they are. But, like any new channel, it's a challenge to figure out how to get started -- where it fits in your marketing mix and how to implement a plan that will yield real results. This virtual conference series features three actionable sessions for modern marketers like you.
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    Event: Communications Career Conference
    Host: NY Women in Communications
    Date: Nov. 9
    Location: New York
    Summary: Students and young professionals seeking advice and tips about pursuing a career in the rapidly evolving communications industry are invited to attend the full-day conference, which will include networking opportunities, informative panel discussions, essential career advice, and access to the industry's leading experts.
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    Event: The Future of Collaboration and Internal Communications Summit
    Host: PR Newswire and Business Development Institute
    Date: Nov. 12
    Location: New York
    Summary: This event will feature senior-level communications leaders discussing how large corporations are embracing social technology to improve productivity among employees and third-party organizations. This summit will cover topics such as: how to respond to real-time events and crises through social communications; ways to engage and empower internal teams; tactics for utilizing social technology for career development and training.
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    Event: 2013 Blacksmith Awards
    Host: PRSA Cincinnati
    Date: Nov. 13
    Location: Cincinnati
    Summary: Celebrate the best in Cincinnati public relations. Dan Hurley of Local 12 will serve as master of ceremonies.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Meet the Media: "What the Media Thinks" Panel Event
    Host: Public Relations Professionals of Long Island
    Date: Nov. 13
    Location: Plainview, N.Y.
    Summary: Meet reporters and media leaders from Newsday, WABC-TV, WCBS 880, Patch.com, and 25A magazine.
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    Event: How to Zig When Your Competition Zags
    Host: NJ CAMA
    Date: Nov. 14
    Location: Princeton, N.J.
    Summary: In today’s competitive marketplace, your company must be dramatically different or suffer in obscurity.  This event will help give entrepreneurs and communications professionals the insight to stand out in the crowd.
    Complete event info here.

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    ProfNet Experts Available on Immigration

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 10:41 AM [Expert Alerts]
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    Now that the shutdown is over, the Obama administration is turning its attention to overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, including citizenship for the country’s 12 million undocumented immigrants. Following are experts from the ProfNet community who are available for articles you are writing on this topic:

    Ken Salazar
    Former Senator, Former Secretary of the Interior
    Secretary Salazar was a member of the group that crafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2006. He says that for all the challenges facing Congress, comprehensive immigration reform is achievable, and that Congress can and must do the right thing and fix our broken immigration system. He says the road map is there; it just takes statesmanship and a rise above petty politics to get it done. Secretary Salazar is available for select interviews.
    Media Contact: Lori Ames, lori@theprfreelancer.com

    Kathleen Campbell Walker
    Immigration Attorney
    Cox Smith (Texas)
    “Being from El Paso and practicing immigration law here for over 27 years, this area has provided a unique lesson into the reality of border security and its impact on the businesses and people in this cross-border location. My practice has focused on business based immigration issues, worksite enforcement and compliance, consular processing, admissions, naturalization, citizenship, and family based cases. I believe our nation's economic strength can be aided by fixes to both the commercial and human side of the immigration reform equation. The current economic uncertainty in the U.S. underscores clearly that the time is now for the political courage to make the hard choices necessary to change the status quo concerning our immigration law and enforcement practices from dysfunction to serving the country’s economic, security, and humanistic needs.”
    Walker is internationally recognized for her experience handling the complex issues related to business immigration, consular processing, admissibility and immigration security issues. In addition to immigration and nationality law, she has also advocated at local, state, and federal levels for comprehensive immigration reform, the improvement of national border security infrastructure and procedures, consular processing and admission procedures for foreign nationals, and improvement in the provision of pro bono immigration services and detention standards.
    As a result of her experience with immigration and cross-border issues and trends, Walker has been regularly called upon to provide testimony before Congress, as well as the Texas House and Senate. She was recently named the top immigration attorney in Texas by Texas Lawyer magazine's editorial team. She was president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, prior general counsel to AILA, chair of the AILA National Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee, and chair of the AILA National Department of State Liaison Committee. From 2011 to 2012, she was chair of the AILA National Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, focusing on immigration worksite compliance, and continues to serve on that committee. In 2010, she received the National AILA Service Excellence Award for her leadership. The incoming chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, where she currently serves as chairman of the government relations division, Walker is also chair of the Border Relations Committee for the City of El Paso. Board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she was selected to serve on the Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, which was chaired by former Gov. Jeb Bush and Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty.
    Media Contact: Melinda Hart, Melinda@melindahartpr.com

    Shanon Stevenson
    Partner
    Fisher & Phillips LLP
    “For the first time in 27 years, the United States is on the verge of passing the most comprehensive immigration legislation. The proposed legislation includes measures to strengthen border security, streamline our legal immigration system to allow businesses to retain workers for their skill needs, create a path to earned citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented foreign nationals in the U.S., and crack down on employers that hire undocumented workers. While the labor unions and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are in agreement on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, it remains to be seen if the politicians can reach a compromise to help businesses, immigrant families, and the entire U.S. economy.”
    Stevenson is a partner in the Atlanta office and a member of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group, with a focus on corporate immigration law. She began practicing in this area in 1998. She has comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in a broad range of immigration areas, including advising clients on current immigration legislation, handling nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, outbound visas, Export Administration Regulation Deemed Export determinations, and advising employers on I-9 compliance. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has written and spoken extensively on immigration legal issues. She has been repeatedly recognized for her immigration practice by independent ratings agencies.
    Bio: www.laborlawyers.com/sstevenson
    Media Contact: Kevin L. Sullivan, ksullivan@laborlawyers.com

    Paul Goldstein
    Attorney of Counsel and Director, Immigration Law Department
    Kelley Kronenberg, Fort Lauderdale
    “The time is now for comprehensive immigration reform for the sake of the country’s economy, as well as keeping families together.”
    Goldstein focuses his practice on the complex immigration and naturalization laws of the United States. He represents individuals and businesses with nationality law issues and immigration matters, including green cards/adjustment of status, naturalization and citizenship, deportation defense and relief from removal, employment-related visas, I-9 employment verification and eligibility, asylum in the U.S., criminal matters affecting Immigration status and E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor visas. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
    Media Contact: Kelsey Dean, kdean@boardroompr.com

    Geoffrey Hoffman
    Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Immigration Clinic
    University of Houston Law Center
    "The current proposals are stalled in the House. The Senate has already passed a comprehensive proposal (S. 744) that cannot even be considered in a joint conference unless the alternatives in the House come up for a vote. A current House alternative, the so-called SAFE act, for example, is an extremely punitive bill and very detrimental to civil liberties and the rights of immigrants. An overhaul of the immigration system is much needed. Everyone should be able to agree on the basic need for reform and that our immigration system is broken on a variety of levels."
    Hoffman can address House and Senate proposals for comprehensive immigration reform, and, more specifically, proposals relating to families, asylum seekers and those who are members of vulnerable populations of immigrants.
    Media Contact: Carrie A. Criado, cacriado@central.uh.edu

    Michael A. Olivas
    William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law
    University of Houston Law Center
    Olivas commented on the immigration reform bill that is coming to the fore again after being on the backburner for several months: “The first draft is groundbreaking in its comprehensiveness. It covers many important points, and is a good framework for negotiation. While it has many generous provisions that will likely clear many of the longstanding problems with the 1996 revisions, it still is not our better angel yet. There are still too many devils in the details, but I am hopeful that the give and take of the process will improve the bill.”
    A nationally recognized immigration scholar, Olivas can provide an overview of reform efforts and comment on the broader context of the immigration issue. He is also the director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance and a prolific writer on immigration and education issues.
    Media Contact: Carrie A. Criado, cacriado@central.uh.edu

    David Koelsch
    Attorney, Immigration Law Clinic
    University of Detroit Mercy
    The Immigration Law Clinic represents immigrants on a variety of legal issues, including abandoned immigrant children and abused immigrant women. Professor Koelsch is available to discuss an array of legal, economic and political issues that are tied to immigration. A few notable topics: 1) Syrian refugees in Detroit: The Immigration Law Clinic has seen a spike in applications for temporary protective status for Syrian refugees, many of whom are particularly clustered in the Detroit area. 2) Gay and lesbian Ugandan immigrants in Detroit: The Immigration Law Clinic also works with a number of LGBT Ugandan refugees who faced intense persecution in their home country, where they have virtually no legal protection and can receive life imprisonment under the country’s penal code. We can recommend sources from Uganda who can tell their personal stories. 3) 30th anniversary of Freedom House in Detroit: Freedom House is the only place in the country that provides everything under one roof for refugees seeking asylum. The Immigration Law Clinic works closely with the two staff lawyers at Freedom House to ensure its clients – including many immigrants from Africa – receive adequate legal services. We can connect you with the attorneys and clients involved in these efforts.
    Media Contact: Martin Grego, mgrego@greentarget.com

    Christina Greer
    Professor of Political Science
    Fordham University
    Greer is available to discuss Obama's immigration reform. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Greer's book, “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream” (Oxford University Press), investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the U.S. from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups.
    Media Contact: Gina Vergel, gvergel@fordham.edu

    Greg Berk
    Partner
    Carothers, DiSante and Freudenberger, LLP
    Berk works closely with employers throughout California, the U.S. and overseas on immigration matters, including: work visas, such as H-1B, L-1, TN and O-1; employer-sponsored green cards; overseas consular matters; and consultations and second opinions on complex matters.
    Bio: www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/greg-b...
    Media Contact: Kristina Sarenas, Kristina@hkamarcom.com, or Liz Drew, liz@hkamarcom.com

    Cindy Hahamovitch
    Professor of History
    The College of William and Mary
    Hahamovitch is an expert on guest workers, the history of immigration, and the history of labor. She is the author of “No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor,” which won the Merle Curti Award for the best book in social history, the James A. Rawley Award for the best book in race relations. She served as Human Rights Commissioner for the National Guestworker Alliance in October 2013.
    Media Contact: Phillip Jones, pbjones@wm.edu

    Angela Banks
    Cabell Research Professor of Law
    The College of William and Mary
    An expert on immigration law and international law, Banks teaches on these topics, as well as human rights. Prior to joining William and Mary, she was the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Reaching at Harvard Law School; a legal advisor to Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.; and a law clerk for Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
    Media Contact: Phillip Jones, pbjones@wm.edu

    Harley Lippman
    CEO
    Genesis10
    Genesis10 is an information technology consulting, staffing and domestic outsourcing firm. Lippman can speak to immigration issues concerning H1-B visas for highly skilled foreign workers. Based in New York, Genesis10 works with about 130 clients across industry sectors, mostly Fortune 500 companies, and has 2000 employees and consultants nationwide.
    Media Contact:  Michelle Manoff, mmanoff@rubensteinpr.com

    Jamie Longazel
    Assistant Professor, Sociology
    University of Dayton
    Longazel researches the local and national politics of immigration, as well as other issues pertaining to race, law and crime. He has written about the politics of local immigration laws, such as those in Alabama, Arizona and Hazleton, Pa. He has also written about immigration and crime, arguing that "tough on crime" rhetoric in the immigration debate is more about politics, race and control than it is about security, law and order.
    Longazel earned his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware and was previously a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. His work has been published in the Chicano/a Latino/a Law Review; Journal of Criminal Justice; Race & Justice; and Taking Local Control, an edited volume about state and local immigration policy published by Stanford University Press.
    Media Contact: Cameron Fullam, fullam@udayton.edu

    Robin Jacobson
    Associate Professor, Politics and Government
    University of Puget Sound
    Jacobson writes and lectures on the politics of immigration and race in the U.S. and serves on the board of a Northwest group that seeks alternatives to immigrant detention. Her book, “The New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration” (2008), explores what role race plays in immigration restrictionist activities. She has published articles on immigration detention, state anti-immigrant initiatives, the debate over birthright citizenship, and the relationship between the labor movement and immigration politics. She also is co-editor of “Faith and Race in American Political Life” (2012), which focuses on the central role that race and religion play in American politics. Public lectures include “The Politics of Immigration Reform” at University of Oregon and "Homegrown Nativism or Corporate Profits” at Arizona State University. She is a vice chair for the Northwest Detention Center Roundtable, an organization that provides services and alternatives to detention for immigrants in one of the largest immigration detention centers in the country. Education: BS, Johns Hopkins University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2004.
    Media Contact: Shirley Skeel, sskeel@pugetsound.edu

    T. Douglas Stump
    President
    American Immigration Lawyers Association, Oklahoma City
    Stump is an immigration lawyer from Oklahoma City and president of AILA for the 2013-2014 year. For over 30 years, Stump has been an attorney, practicing immigration law exclusively, and maintaining offices in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He focuses his practice on employment-based immigration law, complex deportation, federal court litigation and family immigration matters. He has coedited over 30 books on immigration law. He was previously an adjunct professor of immigration law at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. He is also the former general counsel for the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management.
    Website: www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?bc=412...
    Media Contact: Belle Woods, bwoods@aila.org, or George Tzamaras, gtzamaras@aila.org

    Victor D. Nieblas
    First Vice President
    American Immigration Lawyers Association, City of Industry, Calif.
    Nieblas practices immigration law in Southern California, where he focuses on deportation defense, Federal Court litigation, consular abroad processing, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, waivers and appellate work. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1995 and serves as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Nieblas is the guest legal commentator for several local news broadcasts, including “MundoFox Noticias 22” in Los Angeles, Univision’s “Primera Edicion,” and MundoFox National News. Nieblas has also hosted a cable television show named "Inmigracion 411," where he provides answers to viewer questions and is recognized as an immigration expert. He is also regularly quoted in major national print media and often appears on national news broadcasts discussing immigration law. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
    Website: www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?bc=414...
    Media Contact: Belle Woods, bwoods@aila.org, or George Tzamaras, gtzamaras@aila.org

    Crystal L. Williams
    Executive Director
    American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C.
    AILA is the national association of more than 13,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Williams has been involved in immigration for more than 25 years, as a practicing immigration attorney, a law publisher, a pro bono program director, a government official, and, for most of the past decade, a program leader within the AILA national office. She is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta.
    Website: www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=...
    Media Contact: Belle Woods, bwoods@aila.org, or George Tzamaras, gtzamaras@aila.org

    Gregory Chen
    Director of Advocacy
    American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C.
    Chen is director of advocacy for AILA. Prior to joining AILA, he served for three years as director for legislative affairs with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and three years as director for policy and advocacy at U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. He served five years in San Francisco at Legal Services for Children, representing children in detention and removal proceedings and other immigration matters, as well as child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and education law proceedings. He is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School and clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
    Website: www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=...
    Media Contact: Belle Woods, bwoods@aila.org, or George Tzamaras, gtzamaras@aila.org

    Ana Mendez Mencini
    Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney, Immigration Clinic
    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Before joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2011, Mencini was the principal attorney of Ana M. Mencini & Associates PC and the Immigration Law Group, where her work focused primarily on immigration matters. The daughter of an immigrant (her father is from Colombia), Mencini is an active advocate in the immigration debate. She participates in advocacy efforts for the reform of immigration laws. She contributes to the immigrant community by representing select clients in removal proceedings on a pro bono basis, and she is a frequent volunteer at events such as World Relief DuPage's naturalization workshops. While volunteering with the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center, Mencini won asylum for clients from Colombia who were fleeing persecution from the FARC, a far-left guerrilla insurgency.
    The Immigration Clinic handles immigration cases dealing with family- and employment-based petitions, non-immigrant visas (H-1B, work, student, visitor), adjustment of status, fiancé(e) and spouse visas, labor certifications, naturalization, asylum, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, removal defense in Immigration Court, unlawful presence and other waivers, and assessment of the immigration consequences of criminal accusations and convictions.
    Headshot: www.kentlaw.edu/faculty/amencini/photos/
    Media Contact: Gwen Osborne, gosborne@kentlaw.iit.edu

    David Cook-Martín
    Associate Professor of Sociology; Director of the Center for International Studies
    Grinnell College
    Cook-Martín is a political sociologist who examines interconnected migration and nationality policies in the Americas and Europe as a way to understand political membership and belonging from a transnational perspective. A member of Grinnell’s Department of Sociology since 2007, he teaches the full range of courses in his department, including International Migration, Political Sociology, Law and Migration, Development of Sociological Theory, Methods of Empirical Investigation, and Introduction to Sociology.  His most recent book, “The Scramble for Citizens and the Making of Dual Nationality” (Stanford University Press), explores citizenship and its changing character. His next book, “Race, Immigration and Citizenship in the Americas” (with David FitzGerald) examines interactions between classical political liberalism, repressive regimes, and the unexpectedly greater openness of the latter to immigration; it is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2014. His work appears in the Journal of Historical Sociology, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Citizenship Studies, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He has also published chapters on transnational religious networks, ethnic return migration, and Latin American migrations to Spain.
    Expertise: nationality, immigration and emigration policies.
    Media Contact: Melissa Connerton, mconnerton@cooperkatz.com

    Stephen Zamora
    Leonard B. Rosenberg Professor of Law; Director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law
    University of Houston Law Center
    Zamora is also director of the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE). His expertise encompasses all legal aspects of U.S.-Mexico relations, with an emphasis on economic integration and NAFTA. Migration and labor issues fit squarely within this area.
    Media Contact: Carrie A. Criado, cacriado@central.uh.edu

    What to Do When You Get Scooped on a Story

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 9:42 AM [Freelance Focus]
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    If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve likely experienced being scooped on a story -- and chances are, it probably won’t be the last time. So, what do can you do?

    In a recent post on the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism website, Jon Talton, a 30-year veteran financial journalist and economics columnist for the Seattle Times, shares his three-step approach to triaging and responding to scoops: When You Get Scooped

    Among the tips Talton suggests: evaluate your time and beat management, work phone and email more aggressively, and add sources (we can help with that last one!).

    Have you been scooped on a story? How did you handle it, and what changes, if any, did you make to your editorial process?

    Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. You can send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, search the more than 60,000 profiles on ProfNet Connect, or get timely experts and story ideas by email -- all for free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com

    Upcoming PR/Media Events

    Friday, October 18, 2013, 11:57 AM [Upcoming Events]
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    We regularly update our ProfNet Connect calendar to include upcoming events we think will be of interest to PR and media professionals. Here are a few events coming up over the next few weeks:

    Event: Author 101 University
    Host: Author101University.com
    Date: Oct. 24-27
    Location: Las Vegas
    Summary: Expand your brand, your earnings and your reputation as the authority in your field. You'll learn the precise tools to propel yourself into the top 3 percent of any industry.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: La Jolla Writer’s Conference
    Host: LJWC
    Date: Nov. 1-3
    Location: San Diego
    Summary: For over a decade, community, intimate classes, personalized attention, ambiance, and a dedicated and outstanding faculty have annually converged to provide an intensive experience where writing becomes habit, habit breeds success, and writers become authors.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: ScienceWriters2013
    Host: National Association of Science Writers
    Date: Nov. 1-5
    Location: Gainesville, Fla.
    Summary: A mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trips, it is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: JournCamp
    Host: Society of Professional Journalists
    Date: Nov. 2
    Location: Minneapolis
    Summary: In this daylong workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Meet Home & Garden Editors
    Host: Publicity Club of New York
    Date: Nov. 4
    Location: New York
    Summary: This monthly PCNY luncheon will feature editors from Hearst Design Group, Inhabitat, NBC/LX “Open House,” Apartment Therapy, New York Observer and Lonny Magazine.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: Annual Awards Celebration
    Host: PRSA Georgia
    Date: Nov. 7
    Location: Atlanta
    Summary: Join the annual celebration of public relations projects and programs with a chapter-wide gala evening.  Guests will enjoy cocktails and a silent auction of 60+ Items from vacations to cooking classes and then dinner and presentation of awards for the “Best of the Best” from the past year.  Three individuals will be honored with special awards and an honoree will be inducted into the chapter’s Order of the Phoenix.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: SNCR Annual Events
    Host: Society for New Communications Research
    Date: Nov. 7
    Location: Boston
    Summary: SNCR Annual Event brings together thought leaders and decision makers to discuss the impact of social media and new communications on PR, marketing, advertising, media, journalism, business, culture and society.
    Complete event info here.

    Event: How to Zig When Your Competition Zags
    Host: NJ CAMA
    Date: Nov. 14
    Location: Princeton, N.J.
    Summary: In today’s competitive marketplace, your company must be dramatically different or suffer in obscurity.  This event will help give entrepreneurs and communications professionals the insight to stand out in the crowd.
    Complete event info here.

    Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. You can send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, search the more than 60,000 profiles on ProfNet Connect, or get timely experts and story ideas by email -- all for free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com


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