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"Also sprach Zarathustra" doesn't come across too well in print

I'm looking for a tagline to use this year on print and web PR for a small literary science fiction and fantasy convention that riffs off of 2001: A Space Odyssey. [more inside]
posted by telophase on Jun 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me cross over to the dark side!

After 15 years or so working as a journo/editor on niche technical magazines, I am considering a move to the PR/communications sector... [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I hire a PR agent for myself on the d/l? (Is this a dumb idea?)

I'm a professor, at a pretty good school in a non-STEM type field. I like my current gig. I would like to move up to an even better gig, in a better location. The standard m/o for such things is a) produce a lot of good research, and b) wait for people to notice it. I'm already doing a). I don't really want to wait around for b). Catch: blatant shameless self-promotion both looks icky and off-putting and signals lack of commitment to current gig. Possible solution: hire a very discrete PR person. To do... what? Does such a thing exist, for individuals, who need attention from really specific groups of people? Or is this just a really ridiculous idea?
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I describe my goals and interests to a valuable contact?

How do I describe my goals and interests to a contact in the PR field? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Nov 14, 2013 - 2 answers

NYC Event PR, what do we look for?

We need Event PR. So... where do I start and how do I tell if they're a decent firm? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Oct 4, 2013 - 2 answers

This or That-Academic/Career Plan

I have a degree in Communications and would like to further my education by obtaining a certificate in Public Relations. My ultimate goal is a career in crisis management/reputation management, but how do I actually get there? Also, which public relations program should I choose in order to further my education, get more hands-on experience, and network? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Public relations when closing shop?

I am interested in hearing personal experiences with deciding to end a project. How did other people react to the news? How did that make you feel? What did you do? What do you think you should have done differently? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Money or Passion?

Is it better to pursue a career that allows you to earn more money or further develop your passion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013 - 27 answers

Explaining science to non-scientists

Scientists of Metafilter: How do you answer the question, "What practical purpose does your research serve?" [more inside]
posted by vortex genie 2 on Oct 23, 2012 - 28 answers

PR, prportfolio

How can I prepare myself for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning on Mar 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for PR Contact Management System

Is there an off-the-shelf tool my small company can use to manage our PR contact list, our outreach efforts, and the results we've gotten (i.e. product reviews and articles)? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find a good PR media monitoring service

Currently my office, a media relations outfit, uses a news monitoring service called Meltwater News. I have found the interface clunky, slow, and we have consistently had problems with the newsletter feature. Any suggestions for a replacement? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Feb 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a good Press Release Distribution service

In the U.S.: Do you use a press release distribution service that you would recommend? This is for a small business (with a relatively small budget) that at the moment mainly needs coverage in a metropolitan area, but which may soon expand to online sales so it would be good to establish as much visibility as possible. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Advertising/Marketing/PR/Consumerism

Looking for some good documentaries on advertising, marketing, public relations & consumerism to help teach an undergraduate class! We have a list of possible documentaries already (we will show selected excerpts - not the entire thing) but were wondering if we were missing anything out and what the Hive Mind might suggest! Good "teaching moment" video clip suggestions based on Mad Men and other fictional advertising/marketing/PR/consumerism-themed films and TV shows are also welcome. Or perhaps there are even good relevant scenes from documentaries which are primarily about some other topic. Thanks for any help... it's much appreciated! Full list that we already have compiled inside... [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Aug 20, 2010 - 18 answers

This is not the disaster it appears to be, trust us.

What do crisis management PR campaigns such as BP and Toyota's actually accomplish and how? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Aug 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Who wants to be a music promoter (because I don't)?

My mom is a singer/songwriter. She asked for some help with some online-marketing, website-redesign etc type ideas, and I said "sure"! She's now got me hooked up with a whole list of "tasks" that are really beyond my skillset, and interests, and has set it up for me as a 20-hr per week job (since I'm only working part-time). I'm sure there are people who'd love to do this as an internship (she's even willing to pay!), who are interested in music/music promotion -- what are they called, how can I find them, and how do I convince my mom that she'd be better-served hiring them? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jun 9, 2010 - 8 answers

How best can I garner support for my beleaguered UK academic department?

How best can I garner support for my beleaguered UK academic department? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get a job working in PR?

How could I (a junior in high school) eventually work in the public relations industry? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Apr 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Account coordinator - what's it like?

What's it like being an account coordinator at a PR firm? I've read some job profiles online, but I'd like to hear personal experiences. What's the day-to-day work like, and what sort of person would be good for the job? I see there's a past question that touches on being an account exec, but this is the rung below, right?
posted by trillian on Dec 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Like, the hairdressing-industrial complex.

How do I figure out who covers a particular beat for a national magazine (besides lots of drill-down googling)? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Nov 12, 2009 - 4 answers

How to handle inquiries from MSM journalists, who seem to just suck information out and run?

For better or worse, I am regarded as somewhat of an authority in a particular field (yes I have a blog about it). For this reason, I am getting requests for information about the subject matter from mainstream media journalists and writers. This is a new situation for me and I don't know how best to handle it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 - 32 answers

Phrasing for a PR Person's Present Pen

Latin Filter: As a present for someone in a PR-related field, I wanted to inscribe a variation of what Louis XIV would have inscribed in his cannons - "The Last Argument of Kings", implying that the pen is her weapon. What would you replace the word "last" with? Bonus points for helping out with the Latin. [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Jun 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Work in the industry as a PhD or teach instead?

What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj on May 17, 2009 - 8 answers

What percentage of comments on large blogs/newspapers are propaganda?

What percentage of comments on large blogs/newspapers are planned propaganda? [more inside]
posted by Damn That Television on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

What are some good blogs written by Californians about humanitarian projects in the area?

What are some good blogs written by Californians about humanitarian projects in the area? [more inside]
posted by cmyers on Sep 28, 2008 - 3 answers

Tales From Agency Life?

PR/Marcomm Filter: What's it like to work for a PR/Marketing/Ad agency/firm? [more inside]
posted by producerpod on Jun 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Created by Madison Avenue?

What are some pop cultural artifacts and bits of 'common knowledge' that originated in ad campaigns that most people may not know about? [more inside]
posted by empath on Feb 18, 2008 - 28 answers

Press release etiquette?

What is proper etiquette for writing and distributing press releases? General advice, book/website suggestions appreciated; more specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jan 31, 2008 - 13 answers

What's a typical hourly rate for freelance public relations?

What is a typical hourly rate for freelance public relations work? I've done lots of freelance writing, but little freelance p.r., and am considering bidding for a project that requires one to specify an hourly rate. This is in the Minneapolis area. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Sep 26, 2007 - 6 answers

post-starving-college-student quandry

How does one make even make an attempt at getting an entry level job in the journalism or PR fields, when he or she has no real access to those fields (and no experience)? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jul 18, 2007 - 11 answers

From Hack to Flack?

How easy/feasible is to make the jump from journalist to media relations/publicist? [more inside]
posted by mph on Aug 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Standalone video capture?

Does this exist: A Standalone video capture solution? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Jun 16, 2006 - 9 answers

where to get press releases?

how or where does one sign up to receive UK press releases? Are there centralized sources or do the releasing parties pick who to send news to? [more inside]
posted by Svea on Jan 9, 2006 - 4 answers

How to get my 92 year old father on Oprah?

My 92 year old father has written a book about his life and he wants to appear on Oprah and similar shows to promote the book. Does anyone know anyone who can help gets this to a national market? [more inside]
posted by Helen J. on Dec 18, 2005 - 21 answers

PR language and colloquialisms?

Anyone work in the wild and wooly world of Public Relations? I'm curious about industry-specific lingo and utterances. What do people in the public relations industry call it when a Press Release/Video News Release, etc. gets picked up in the media just as they'd hoped? Is it a success? A hit? A what? What are the commonly used terms of success or failure? Are there differences between terms used in public and the ones used near the water cooler? Are there any specific pieces of vocabulary, and what do they mean? Any PR lingo is much appreciated....
posted by kahboom on Oct 7, 2005 - 6 answers

This thread DOES comment on pending litigation

When did the practice of refusing to comment on a given issue due to pending litigation become an acceptable response? Is this a fairly recent development -- a result of living in a sue-happy nation? Is it just the vogue rhetoric of avoiding even a minimal amount of accountability? Or is it something else? For the lawyers out there, what are the ramifications of commenting? ... especially with cases like those involving the government?
posted by fourstar on Jun 29, 2005 - 4 answers

Contacting Celebrities

OK, so a friend wants to contact a celebrity's publicist / representation. He wants to send some photos taken of him with the celebrity that he promised to send when he got them developed. How can somebody find out who represents a celeb? He'd probably be willing to call around, if he just knew what kinds of people to call...do you just ring up the Walter Morris Agency and ask who represents so-and-so?
posted by taumeson on Jul 28, 2004 - 15 answers

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