Arment Dietrich

He Said, She Said

By: Arment Dietrich | March 6, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Brigitte Lyons I’m ashamed to admit, like so many Americans, I haven’t watched any of the debates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In my defense, I’m a long-time Illinoisan and, perhaps arrogantly, feel as through I know both candidates pretty well. Yet as an avid consumer of news media, I’m beginning to wish I watched the debates, if only so I could [&hellip... Read More
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Advocacy through Action Speaks Volumes about Professionals

By: Arment Dietrich | March 5, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Shawn M. Kahle, APR Public relations is a profession of words and actions.  Without words, our efforts to inform, persuade, or engage ring hollow.  Unfortunately, there’s a tendency to rely on words as an elixir for all that ails us.  Words.  We speak them, text them, write them, edit them, position them.  And we worry when we don’t hear the right words, or [&hellip... Read More
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Protecting Public Relations

By: Arment Dietrich | March 4, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Sydney Ayers, APR A recent column by Maureen Hall in Ad Age discussed the fact that the words “public relations” had, unfortunately, lost their meaning.  I would pose that they didn’t so much lose their meaning as we haven’t really safeguarded it. Too frequently a client prospect will come to us and say, “We need some PR” when what they really mean is, [&hellip... Read More
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Reputation Protection

By: Arment Dietrich | March 3, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Maggie Hassler Managing reputations has become increasingly difficult with the development of the Web and easy access information through search engines.  In today’s world the easiest, and therefore most common choice of researching a person or business, is through the internet by way of search engines.  Unfortunately, not everyone is proud of the information that pops up on the computer screen.  When you [&hellip... Read More
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To Catch a Peacock

By: Arment Dietrich | February 29, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Josh Culver Most people I know are familiar with NBC’s Dateline miniseries To Catch a Predator. For the show, NBC has a small crew consisting of someone searching the internet under the guise of a 12 to 14-year old, a young woman in her mid-to early 20’s who acts as ‘the bait’, camera men that know to get all of the angles on [&hellip... Read More
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What Does PR Really Stand For?

By: Arment Dietrich | February 28, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Lindsay Brown Public relations…relating to the public.  The best way to relate to the public is face-to-face.  This allows for a more candid, but intimate meeting.  A comment lament from PR professionals is why some reporters badmouth and label them “annoying flaks.”  The answer is simple, take a look at a reporter’s inbox on a Friday afternoon.  Thousands upon thousands of unsolicited news [&hellip... Read More
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Is Edelman Full of Liars?

By: Arment Dietrich | February 27, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Cory Sealey     In case you don’t read Gawker.com (shame on you) or consider yourself out of the PR loop, let me fill you in on the most recent Edelman controversy.  Edelman is one of the largest and well recognized PR firms in the world.  They have worked with iconic corporations and have won numerous awards.  To many people outside of public relations, [&hellip... Read More
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Wheels aren’t the only thing being spun in DC’s Taxicab strike

By: Arment Dietrich | February 25, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Cory Sealey To anyone who has never had the joy of paying $12 for a five minute cab ride, Washington has a cab fare system which is reliant upon “zones” encompassing different parts of the city.  The more zones you cross while in a cab, the higher the price of your ride.  Many see this system as unfair and promotes dishonesty in cab [&hellip... Read More
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Tainted Reputation

By: Arment Dietrich | February 22, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Angela Loiacono The Medill School of Journalism used to stand on its own without an explanation. It’s one of the most highly regarded journalism programs in the country.  Yet, somehow the dean of the school John Lavine managed to taint this branch of Northwestern, and the Chicago Tribune told us all about it…a couple of times actually. It all started when he made [&hellip... Read More
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Can Effective PR Really Be Measured?

By: Arment Dietrich | February 21, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Josh Culver Recently I read a very interesting blog posting about the effectiveness of the current system of measuring the success of a PR campaign. In this article, the second on the subject, (and according to Francis the author, more to come) the author believes that finding the number of impressions is an inaccurate way to measure successful PR, showing two different examples [&hellip... Read More