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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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Judge: Health Dept. must respond to public records request

A Mississippi judge ruled Tuesday that the state Health Department must respond to a newspaper’s public records request about long-term care facilities where outbreaks of the new coronavirus have occurred. Hinds County Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove granted an emergency injunction in favor of Hattiesburg Publishing Inc., which owns the Pine Belt News. Grove wrote that the Health Department has seven days to ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans support local news relief in Coronavirus era

The meltdown of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus is slamming an already trampled financial chapter for local news organizations – especially local newspapers. While Americans are not overly concerned about the effect of the downturn on local news in their area, they do support financial assistance for local news organizations as part of COVID-19 relief legislation. At ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans have positive view of COVID-19 media coverage

Coverage of the coronavirus outbreak has consumed much of the news media’s attention as Americans look for information in a time of high anxiety and uncertainty. U.S. adults overall hold more positive than negative views of the news media’s coverage of the COVID-19 crisis, while their broader attitudes toward the news media are more evenly divided or more negative, according to a ...

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TODD SMITH — Virtually all Americans impacted by Coronavirus

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise and schools, workplaces and public gathering spaces across the United States remain closed, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a ...

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Cleveland newspaper closing after long loss of ad revenue

A newspaper in the Mississippi Delta is closing at the end of April because of economic difficulties exacerbated by the loss of advertising income to social media sites, its owner says. The Bolivar Commercial has been in business for 104 years in Cleveland, Mississippi. It currently publishes a print edition on Wednesdays and Fridays. Lee Walls is president and CEO ...

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TODD SMITH — Local news surges as a hungry public seeks the latest on the Coronavirus

Local news is seeing an increase in audience as people seek the latest information on the Coronavirus crisis. In a new report, Nielsen says that news viewing in the top 25 markets was up 6.9% for the week of March 9, compared to the week of Feb. 3. Different age groups showed different levels of increase. People 25 to 54, the ...

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