Archive for August, 2010

Some excellent podcasts for pr practitioners

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Check out “a shell of my former self” by Shel Holz for some really intriguing podcasts.   A few that I definitely plan to check out include an NPR review of what’s new in the media.  Anything NPR is OK in my book.  (But my favorite has to be Car Talk.) Also a humorous podcast on better writing and another that’s takes place in the wee hours in a Dunkin Donuts and offers sage advice to pr practitioners. Here’s the link and here’s a brief overview of the 3 podcasts:

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Mignon Fogarty’s show is the exact opposite of Leo Laporte’s. Clocking in at about five minutes, each episode is a grammar lesson infused with humor and tidbits of information you may not have expected to get. High school grammar teachers should listen; maybe they can learn the lesson that grammar can be fun.

On the Media

This NPR show is repurposed as a podcast, which is great since I’m not going to stop what I’m doing to listen on the the radio when the show is broadcast on Sundays. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield deliver an amazing hour of interviews and features about media, from traditional to social. If you work with media and you’re not listening, start. Now. Seriously

Marketing Over Coffee

You can spend several years and thousands of dollars studying marketing at a university. Or, you can listen to this weekly podcast from Christopher S. Penn and John Wall–part of the Boston Social Media Mafia–which is a clinic in marketing (both traditional and new) all by itself. The fact that the show is recorded at an obscenely early hour at a Boston-area Dunkin’ Donuts just adds to its charm.

Jet Blue Steward Gets Publicist

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The infamous steward who cursed, cracked a beer and deployed the escape hatch after taking some abuse from a passenger officially has a publicist: Howard Braggman from Fifteen Minutes.  Why would anyone want to endorse that kind of behavior in any way.? What about the workers on the ground who could have been hurt and passengers who might have panicked or at the very least been very distressed at witnessing that behavior.  I think capitalizing on this type of behavior gives publicists a bad name. I am also diappointed it was considered so newsworthy.  But then again here I am talking about it.