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Hacks vs Flaks cricket and rounders teams announced

An all-star cast of journalists, PRs and celebrities are set to do battle once again this coming Saturday, 27th September as the Hacks vs Flaks Summer Sports day returns to the luscious greens of Hampstead Cricket Club (HCC).

Now …

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The invasion of corporate news

Phew, that was a close one.  Just got the note out about the rise in content marketing last week before the FT devoted a 4,000 word feature to the topic at the weekend.  Admittedly it was written by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson …

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Thistled up comms

What are the communications lessons from the Scottish Referendum?  First, and this nearly became a decisive factor, set the terms of the debate in your favour.  By scripting the question so that the answer for independence was in the positive …

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Content klondike

“Content is king” goes the phrase.  It may have coloured the corporate strategy of Microsoft in the 1990s, but it appears to be the a key element of many a PR firm’s strategy now.  In the past ten days there …

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Waiting for Buzzness news

Buzzfeed was supposed to be about listicles with cat videos but its genesis into a more rounded media organisation could be charted when it hired the up-and-coming Jim Waterson as political editor.  Now, as Gideon Spanier reports in today’s Standard

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‘Sharper, smarter’ financier

You can’t have failed to have noticed the Financial Times redesign has landed.  It’s the culmination of the process FT Editor Lionel Barber got rolling in his memo to staff nearly a year ago on the move to one single …

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Robotic journalism

Alphaville have long warned that the robots are coming.  And they really are – they’re coming to do journalists’ jobs.  Radio 4’s Media Show yesterday (12 minutes in) had a slot on how AP in New York was introducing robots …

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Top of the hill

The answer to the fatuous question of who’s the most powerful former comms practitioner has been blocked out by the Prime Minister for a few years now.  As seems increasingly, it looks as though that answer will no longer be …

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The ‘operating system of news’

One tidbit that stays in the memory after the summer break are the comments by the Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief Jason Seiken that there is an “obsession” among journalists with Twitter. Whereas when it came to generating online traffic for …

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Newsnight manifesto

The lead story in the FT’s Life & Arts section on Saturday was a detailed assessment of the state of the political interview by Newsnight editor Ian Katz.  Given that he inadvertently advertised on Twitter that one politician’s contribution to …

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Michael Davies

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Michael is Head of Financial & Corporate PR News at Gorkana Group

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