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Friday, May 30, 2003

IABC International Conference in Toronto

Need to refresh your communications skills? Join IABC in Toronto for their annual conference June 8-11, 2003.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

The 3Es of Communications: Making Change Work

Do you know what the 3Es of communications are? Yeah, I am not sure I do either, so maybe I will see you at this month's Minnesota IABC meeting where they will be discussing how to use the 3Es (education, engagement and empowerment) to make changes happen in your organization. Barbara Jacobs of Deloitte & Touche will be presenting.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

More Awards to Pad Your Resume

The PR NEWS PR People Awards is an annual competition recognizing the most outstanding efforts of PR professionals over the 12 months.

The program is open to all communications, marketing and PR professionals at corporations, nonprofits and government agencies including: corporations, PR firms, public affairs agencies, IR agencies, publicists, associations, government teams, NGOs and practitioners click here for an entry form.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

The Flyover State

How is it that in a state with such powerful public relations/advertising networks like PRSA, IABC and AdFed, we can become known as The Flyover State in the media and on bumber stickers. Whether you realize it or not, this is a dangerous label for a state to acquire and the Business Journal does a fine job of explaining why!
Just Another Long Weekend?

For many of us Memorial Weekend can turn into just another long weekend, but for many this year's Memorial Day held special meaning. Find out the history of memorial day here.

Friday, May 23, 2003

PSB Promotions

PSB announced today that it has promoted Sean McDonnell, APR and Kimberly Huston. McDonnell was named director of the writing practice and Huston is now an account executive with the consumer practice.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Pioneer Press Gets new Editorial Editor

The Business Journal reported today that the Pioneer Press has named Art Coulson the newspaper's editorial page editor. Coulson joined the Pioneer Press in 2000 after serving as deputy editorial page editor for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y. Read the Business Journal's report here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Your Jayson Blair Questions

If you're a journalism junky like me you might be perplexed at how Jayson Blair was able to get away with what he did. Do you think his situation has impacted your impression of journalistic integrity? Voice your opinion on the issue, after you have read up on the facts. Did you here that CNN has hired Jayson Blair? Okay, maybe not.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

PR Jobs? Minnesota? That's right!

Are you looking for PR job? Maybe you want to be a Public Relations Consultant, a Communications Manager, or an Account Executive? Anyway you slice it Minnesota PRSA's job board is the place to start.

Monday, May 19, 2003

Blogging Goes Mainstream!

The New York Times reported today thay blogging has hit the mainstream. In their article, Dating a Blogger, Reading All About It, the Times say, "personal blogs have been around for years, their proliferation has caused a wrinkle in the social fabric among people in their teens, 20's and early 30's. Inundated with bloggers, they are finding that every clique now has its own Matt Drudge, someone capable of instantly turning details of their lives into saucy Internet fare."

Friday, May 16, 2003

Food for thought

It's Friday, it's sunny and 70 degrees outside and I am trapped inside. Oh well, at least I was able to make up my grocery list. Speaking of groceries, the Star Tribune reported today, Target is expanding their food offerings. Get the story here.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Fallon News

The news today (at least from the Business Journal) was full of stories on Fallon. Well only two, but nevertheless here they are.

Fallon Worldwide, headquartered in Minneapolis, launched a new advertising campaign for its Plano, Texas-based client, EDS. Get the story here.

Fallon Minneapolis reorganized two of its planning groups into a new 15-person unit that agency executives say will make the campaign-planning process more efficient. Get the story here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

An Award For Everything?

Seems these days there is an award for just about everything, unless your in public relations then there are about a dozen for every catagory. In that spirit, it is time for the 2003 Platinum PR Awards sponsored by Business Wire, MediaLink, Delahaye and News Generation, Inc.

The Platinum PR Awards program is an annual competition of PR NEWS recognizing the most outstanding communications efforts of the past year. To find out the catagories and more details click here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

QUICKMEDX SELECTS FAST HORSE INC.

QuickMedx a Minneapolis-based health care company that specializes in treating common
family illnesses through clinics in retail locations, has tapped Fast Horse Inc., a Minneapolis-based consumer public relations agency, as its public relations agency of record.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Media Relations Pitfalls Loom

Join Minnesota PRSA as they discuss the common pitfalls of media relations this Thursday, May 15.

Friday, May 09, 2003

Countdown to 2003 Crystal Clarion Awards banquet

The countdown is on for the 2003 Crystal Clarion awards. Click here to get more info and to register.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc. Wins Award

Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc. (PSB), Minnesota's largest independent public relations counseling firm, received two 2002 Gemstone Awards from Equities Magazine and Adelphi University School of Business and Finance Excellence for the annual reports it produced for Donaldson Company and G&K Services.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Buzz that Sucks -- Literally!

About.com Chemistry Guide Anne Marie Helmenstine reminds us that in Minnesota, even though it is just May, we're already getting attacked by the state bird -- mosquitos. Here are some natural ways to kill the buzz that sucks and keep biting bugs at bay.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Cargill Makes Generous Donation to University of Minnesota

Cargill helped Minnesota's bioscience industry leap forward this week by making a generous donation to the University of Minnesota. Get the full Star Tribune story here.

Monday, May 05, 2003

Cub Foods will launch TV advertising campaign

The Business Journal reported this weekend that Cub Foods will begin its first Minnesota advertising campaign in two years with TV testimonials. This announcement comes just days after competitor Rainbow Foods announced it is closing down.

Friday, May 02, 2003

Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Media Training

Its Friday and I am feeling lazy, so get the details on media training here.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Campbell Mithun chairman Dunlap announces retirement

The Business Journal reported today, Bill Dunlap, chairman of Campbell Mithun, will retire earlier this summer after more than 20 years with the agency.
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