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TODD SMITH — NFL to allow social justice messages on helmets

The NFL will allow players to feature decals on the back of helmets with the names or initials of victims of racism and police violence this season. The NFL has been in talks with the player’s association since June about honoring such victims, according to The Undefeated’s Jason Reid. Additionally, individual players will be given the option to choose different names. ...

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TODD SMITH — COVID-19 remote work fuels interest in local media

Today’s coronavirus-induced, remote work environment has been good medicine for local news interest according to new research from Nielsen. And that’s a breath of fresh air for local broadcasters and newspapers that have struggled to gain audience attention in an increasingly crowded media universe in recent years – though it may make their recent decline in ad revenue harder to swallow. Work ...

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Kassoff promoted to director of member engagement for MPB

The Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation announces the promotion of Debra Kassoff to Director of Member Engagement. The MPB Foundation is the fundraising arm for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. “I am excited about this opportunity to work in new ways with my colleagues at Mississippi Public Broadcasting and MPB Foundation, and most of all to bring our supporters and members more immersive ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Changing minds: Why it is so difficult

Don’t confuse me with facts. My mind’s made up. – Anonymous Have you ever read a social media post that was so idiotic and misinformed that you couldn’t believe anyone would post something like that? And then you find out that it was the product of someone you know and respect. Someone you know who you cannot believe that they have that opinion? You think you can change their mind? You should probably just forget about it. ...

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TODD SMITH — Communicators Help Brands Influence Real Change

Recently, Cision, a leading media monitoring service, hosted a webinar titled “Demanding Change: How to Best Communicate Brand Action,” which focused on best practices for internal and external communications in challenging times. The two featured panelists were Laura Peterson, public elations (not a typo!) manager of North America at Ben & Jerry’s, and Pablo Toledo, executive vice president at Camino PR, both ...

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TODD SMITH — The 7 deadly sins of public relations

As we continue to navigate our coronavirus world, and grapple with racial injustice and police brutality across the nation, us PR practitioners and brand champions have had a lot of material to work with. There are many best practices on communicating in this important chapter, but we rarely acknowledge mistakes that can make or break a brand. PRNews recently surveyed ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans feel misunderstood by the media

Tensions inside American newsrooms have emerged amid the recent protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, including clashes between reporters and editors and concerns about newsroom diversity. While a recent study shows Blacks give high marks to the news media’s coverage of the protests, a national survey conducted before the protests found deep divides between racial and ethnic groups in feelings ...

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‘Garden and Gun’ sets deadline for awards

Garden & Gun magazine announces the final call for entries in its 11th annual Made in the South Awards. Any business or maker with a Southern-made product that falls into one of six categories—Food, Drink, Home, Style, Crafts, and Outdoors—may apply until midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1.  The overall winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be prominently featured alongside the other category ...

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TODD SMITH — Associated Press to capitalize ‘Black,’ Merriam-Webster redefines ‘racism’

The Associated Press is changing its style to capitalize Black when referring to it in a racial, ethnic or cultural way — a move newsrooms across the United States have made in recent weeks. And Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of ...

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The Ramey Agency hires digital marketing strategist Emily Jones

The Ramey Agency, a nationally recognized marketing firm, recently hired Emily Jones as digital marketing strategist, where she will lead digital marketing initiatives backed by sound research and analysis. Jones received her Master of Business Administration at Loyola University New Orleans. She started her career with NOLA Media Group (NMG), which is where Ramey first crossed paths with Jones, partnering ...

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