October 5, 2022

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Girls Just Wanna Blog (and Other PR Blog Jots)

Girls Just Wanna Blog (and Other PR Blog Jots)

Girls Just Wanna Blog
Diva Marketing Blog
It’s been a few week’s since the launch of “Women on the Web”, a social media site directed at women over 40 with contributions from some high profile names from journalism, film and other forms of media. Toby Bloomberg writes a review of the site as part of a post aimed at highlighting some female-centric social media projects. “Maybe they don’t really want to talk to us. Trust me when I tell you I have spent significant time wandering around the site. I call it a site because it’s way far not a social networking community. It’s rather like being invited to join the “in group”
in high school and then being ignored. In the Charlie Rose interview (he asked great questions but the women danced around giving straight responses) the founders made a big deal about the “conversation.” However, few join in on their own conversations to talk to the peeps.”

Don’t Stop the Presses

The back-and-forth over the viability of the printed page continues, as Matt Mclernon argues that the launch of a print edition of the Wall Street Journal in Britain is a positive sign that the medium could still thrive. Matt rightly points out that this is the first print publication to announce a new venture in dead-tree form in these troubled signs, and that the move might be a positive sign. “Granted we’re working in a 24-hour news cycle, some major players still only read the print version of the WSJ that appears on their doorstep. Those readers must now find a new way to compete with the 5-hour advantage of their UK-counterparts. The only logical answer — $ub$cribe for WSJ.com as well. What do you think?”

Who’s a Journo?
The Flack
The uproar caused when Barack Obama’s campaign recently invited a journalist to come “as a supporter” to a closed-to-the-media event is rather amusing to anyone well-steeped in citizen journalism these days. I agree with Peter Himler’s take on the reaction of the campaign–invite a wolf to the sheep’s party and you can’t be surprised by what happens. “It reminded me of when a former client instructed us to ask the audience of concert “extras” to bring cameras to a taping of a TV commercial featuring Elton John, but forbid them from taking actual pictures. Groan. Today, most of the smart PR set acknowledges that everyone and anyone can be a journalist, nothing is off-the-record, and that total command over a client’s public portrayal is a thing of the past.”

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