Whether or not Stefan Fransson ever gets around to changing the rules of tennis to introduce line challenges or instant replay at Grand Slams, he might want to consider adding a basic public relations component to the International Tennis Federation’s officiating certification program, based on really inappropriate behavior today at Roland Garros. Chair umpire Damain…

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Unofficial “sound seeing” podcasts, as a way to “hack the gallery experience” are available online for download or upload, thanks to David Gilbert, professor of communications at Marymount Manhattan College. The NY Times has a front page story in today’s paper. The Social Media Boot Camp comes to Los Angeles, August 16-17, 2010. Bring your…

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According to a front page story in today’s New York Times, more people are watching movies at home instead of in theaters. Here’s a quote from a consumer, interviewed in the story… “If I want to watch a movie I can just rent it on DVD,” he said. “I want to do things that conform…

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Dr. Rich Kaller, who chairs the Communication Dept. at Cal State University Pomona hosted Com Day on campus, and I was honored to sit on a panel with news media and agency public relations professionals about how technology is changing the business of media, and the practice of media relations. According to Dr. K, enrollment…

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Kevin Maney in USA Today writes: “Blogging is to the 2000s what Web sites were to the 1990s and desktop publishing was to the 1980s,” says Guy Kawasaki, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures. In other words, we’ve seen this movie before. A new technology makes it easier for individuals to create and share information,…

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On television, conflict equals ratings. One of the most exciting moments at last year’s US Open was created by a ridiculously bad line call in a match between Capriati and S. Williams. Williams was totally robbed. But there was nothing she could do, since the USTA does not allow for challenges, something some of the…

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The news media crisis surrounding Newsweek — which recently retracted and “regretted” publishing an erroneous report about the sacrilegious conduct of U.S. Military personnel at Guantanamo Bay – underscores the problem with anonymous sources. Whenever important information attributed to an unnamed source is news, the public assumes that the outlet reporting is vouching for the…

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Matthew Chisum Joins Schwartzman & AssociatesOriginally uploaded by plaos. I am pleased to report that we have added Matthew Chisum to our staff as an account executive. The news will be officially released tomorrow. The Social Media Boot Camp comes to Los Angeles, August 16-17, 2010. Bring your laptop, log on and learn the ins…

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The public relations industry and consumers are learning more about blogs, podcasting, wikis, RSS and content management software each day. Check out this cover story about consumer generated media in the new issue of the PRSA’s PR Tactics Magazine, to a feature story in today’s New York Times about podcasting. The Social Media Boot Camp…

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