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Beware tsunami scams

Both the FBI and the UK’s National Criminal Intelligence Service are warning the public to be vigilant about Tsunami aid scams. According to ScamBusters.org, there are four types of scam Types of scams:   1….


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Email overload

One of the increasing challenges communicators face is email overload. I don’t mean spam, I mean legitimate email correspondence. Email which nominally should be read, considered and actioned. Once you start getting over 300 emails…


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Journalists who blog are outside editorial guidelines

Staff journalists often have their own personal blogs, where they cover similar beats as they do for their publication. These reporters use their blog to expand on issues raised in the publication, provide additional information,…


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Clients get creative

The FT has an interesting piece about clients poaching agency staff to fill in-house positions. It claims that "current levels of client poaching pose a major challenge for the industry." This makes little sense. Agency…


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Dooced

Nice piece from Jo Twist at the BBC Online about the legal ramifications of reporting corporate issues on personal blogs. Crossing the line can result in being ‘dooced’ or losing your job for something you…



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Books for Wordsmiths

Being in communications and interested in the written word, I usually get a good crop of language books for Christmas. Last year it was the truly excellent "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss, which…


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Tsunami – too many to imagine

The conversations I’ve had with people over the last week about the Asian Tsunami disaster have all been notably short. We have trouble imagining its true scale, the number of victims, the extent of the…


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Donation

You can make a donation to the Asian Tsunami relief fund here.


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Behind the interviewee’s mask

We’re on a big recruitment drive at the moment, so I’m interviewing lots of candidates. In general, PR consultants are good at being interviewed – they’re articulate, organized, current and polished. They are natural presenters…