25 January, 2009

10 things 'PR people' do that annoy editors

I can't help noticing that of the editors who participated in the survey, only four were willing to be identified! Commendations to Milton Walker of CVM, Gillian Haughton of TVJ and Pete Sankey of the Observer for having the courage of their convictions. Here are the results:
10 things 'PR people' do that annoy editorsJournalists and public relations practitioners have a love/hate relationship. Editors want news and PR people can be good sources of information. If they don't have the information they probably know someone who does.
For these reasons, editors and PR practitioners need each other and are likely to get along... unless the PR practitioner is guilty of any of these 10 annoying things that editors identified in a STRATCOM informal survey. More

His PR honeymoon coming to an end, will Obama learn lessons of his predecessors?

On Tuesday, as my wife and I gathered our 5-year-old twins to witness President Barack Obama's inauguration, a pair of other January 20 moments in U.S. history came to mind.
Exactly 20 years ago, I was an intern at the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph & News, helping edit the front page that included news of George H.W. Bush's inauguration as our nation’s 41st president.
And 20 years before that, I was in diapers as Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president. More

11 January, 2009

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There is no need to ask such questions because of the function of the Professional PR business in a society.
PR people/practitioners raise their voice in the Gaza massacre if someone pays them to do so: PR is a business serving to those who pay the money. IPRA and the like do perform two jobs: To promote PR business and to do the snake oiling (with very few exceptions). People should not allow organizations like IPRA, International Advertising agencies, AD COUNCIL in their country. Their business is snake oiling and selling the snakes via mind management (via creating fake images on reality). Their existence is bad for the humanity. They produce ignorance and make money by producing nothing good for human life. They are well-dressed, well-rehearsed and well-paid leaches of 21st century! (extremely few exceptions; exception: PR departments in public organizations that work for the public interests. How many are there?).

Take care
İrfan erdogan

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Just as a follow up to my correspondence yesterday, I wanted to pass along the following article from today’s edition of The New York Times, one of our most influential newspaper. I think it’s important that you and your colleagues know that pro-Gaza are being heard here.

January 8, 2009
Op-Ed Contributor
What You Don’t Know About Gaza
NEARLY everything you’ve been led to believe about Gaza is wrong. Below are a few essential points that seem to be missing from the conversation, much of which has taken place in the press, about Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip.
THE GAZANS Most of the people living in Gaza are not there by choice. The majority of the 1.5 million people crammed into the roughly 140 square miles of the Gaza Strip belong to families that came from towns and villages outside Gaza like Ashkelon and Beersheba. They were driven to Gaza by the Israeli Army in 1948.
THE OCCUPATION The Gazans have lived under Israeli occupation since the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel is still widely considered to be an occupying power, even though it removed its troops and settlers from the strip in 2005. Israel still controls access to the area, imports and exports, and the movement of people in and out. Israel has control over Gaza’s air space and sea coast, and its forces enter the area at will. As the occupying power, Israel has the responsibility under the Fourth Geneva Convention to see to the welfare of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.
THE BLOCKADE Israel’s blockade of the strip, with the support of the United States and the European Union, has grown increasingly stringent since Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Council elections in January 2006. Fuel, electricity, imports, exports and the movement of people in and out of the Strip have been slowly choked off, leading to life-threatening problems of sanitation, health, water supply and transportation.
The blockade has subjected many to unemployment, penury and malnutrition. This amounts to the collective punishment — with the tacit support of the United States — of a civilian population for exercising its democratic rights.
THE CEASE-FIRE Lifting the blockade, along with a cessation of rocket fire, was one of the key terms of the June cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. This accord led to a reduction in rockets fired from Gaza from hundreds in May and June to a total of less than 20 in the subsequent four months (according to Israeli government figures). The cease-fire broke down when Israeli forces launched major air and ground attacks in early November; six Hamas operatives were reported killed.
WAR CRIMES The targeting of civilians, whether by Hamas or by Israel, is potentially a war crime. Every human life is precious. But the numbers speak for themselves: Nearly 700 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed since the conflict broke out at the end of last year. In contrast, there have been around a dozen Israelis killed, many of them soldiers. Negotiation is a much more effective way to deal with rockets and other forms of violence. This might have been able to happen had Israel fulfilled the terms of the June cease-fire and lifted its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
This war on the people of Gaza isn’t really about rockets. Nor is it about “restoring Israel’s deterrence,” as the Israeli press might have you believe. Far more revealing are the words of Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002: “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”
Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia, is the author of the forthcoming “Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East."

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I agree something should be done by PRs about the crimes occurring in Gaza., especially because of the spin now occurring frrom Israel about the criminal assaults on the UN schools

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In response to your query, some approaches that immediately come to my mind include: Launch An International Public Relations Cry Campaign For GAZA a) through a Letter jointly signed by Presidents of PR Institutes worldwide to the PR Society of America to seek cooperation to influence and persuade their government to act fast to stop the killings b)) Start a 'GAZA and the Animals' Album on internet where each PR Insititute document ongoing atrocities which should ultimately affect the image and reputation of the Kingdom of Animals carrying out these atrocities c) Organised Prayers d) The Role of PR People in Supporting Donations and contributions through their national efforts for GAZA e) Non Muslims and GAZA - approach non muslims for support and give them media coverage to highlight that there are millions of non muslims who appose the GAZA killings and they should be seen as examples to other non muslims. Mr Mehdi as in all PR projects , even good proposals remain in the file , unless a strong leader within the fraternity initiate and move it to success. so who, what, where, when and how do we PR people of the world come together to act? May God help all PR people, whatever race or religion, be champions of Truth and Humanity

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We are very saddened by these atrocities and do our bit to help through the many campaigns going on in Malaysia . We also participate in organised prayers to ask Allah to help protect innocent people especially the poor children. how else to help? do you think PR Associations all over the world can unite and take a stand by issuing statements in an organised fashion against these atrocities to the media ? Or something to lend weight to the call to end the Gaza attacks?

06 January, 2009

Gaza: Propaganda, Perception, and Reality

'How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be.' -- (Oedipus Rex, Scene I)
As the Israeli military launched an “all out war” with Hamas in the Gaza strip, as casualties mounted to 400 dead and another 1450 wounded, as tanks and troops massed in the area just outside the wall that imprisons the people of Gaza, as preparations for a ground assault into the “closed military zone” around the Gaza strip moved forward, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday the 27th “… instructed the Foreign Ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip.” (Haaretz, 12/28/08). “An aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign” needed to be launched simultaneously with the estimated “60 raids” that now pummel Gaza each day, raids that, in human terms, have taken the lives of five children, all girls, of the Ba’losha family killed in Bait Lahia City north of Gaza and three children from the Al Absi family in Rafah refugee camp as Israeli rockets collapsed their roof. (freepalestine.ps, Sameh, Habeeb).