Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
Quiet. Listen carefully. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of test anxiety creeping in: palms viciously sweating as my heart starts racing faster than Tyler Perry can churn out another “Madea” sequel. The mounting pressures are just too great—practically everything that’s ever made sense in this world hangs in the balance of a mere 16 questions
: How well do
I know “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”?
Life’s crucial BuzzFeed quizzes
aside, I assumed a career in the PR industry rested on one simple question: How unquenchable is your thirst for coffee
? Nevertheless, Vitis Public Relations compiled a quiz
of 10 other inquiries that might help you more accurately learn whether or not you have what it takes to cut it in the biz. While you take that quiz, I’m going to learn which famous Internet cat
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For those who pass the quiz, it might be nice to court journalists with a Valentine next week. Good thing that MediaBistro’s 10,000 Words
blog released its 2013 edition of Valentines for journalists.
If that doesn’t do the trick, there’s always the old standby of giving a dozen
donuts. Krispy Kreme is once again offering its limited-time holiday-themed donuts. Buy 12, get 12 Valentine’s Day cards
(each good for a free donut) with your purchase.
Then again, now that Hoda and Kathie Lee are back on the booze train, I’m reminded that a
bottle of wine is also a nice gift. Reports The Huffington Post
, the two co-anchors of the “Today” show’s captivating calamity of a fourth hour marked the completion of their 30-day sobriety pledge by raising two very large glasses of vino
For the sake of argument, let’s just say Hoda and Kathie Lee are, in fact, “journalists.” Does being a journalist also make them writers? What about Twitter users—does tweeting qualify someone as a wordsmith? Certainly authors and novelists fit this description. Thought Catalog
contemplates this very notion with an interesting view of what it means to be a writer today.
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Speaking of writers, Complex
highlights 25 TV writers we should follow on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s Vine is proving to be quite the powerful tool for writers and readers, alike. Just take a look at the nine examples provided by GalleyCat
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According to creators of a new social platform, the long-lost art of letter writing is due for a comeback. The platform, dubbed Lettrs
, is a mobile app set to debut in spring that hopes to bring back this forgotten form of communication. Lauren Goode of The Wall Street Journal
reviewed the social service.
Perhaps the most personal thing that letter writing has going for it is the idea of customized stationary. But have you ever given much thought to what a certain font might say about you? Don’t worry. The Missouri Review
’s LaTanya McQueen has already done it for us.
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Of course, word selection is equally important. Unfortunately, many much-maligned buzzwords are all too common in corporate writing, but Marketwire
’s Shannon Woods contends that certain jargon can be useful in press releases.
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makes a case for simple language by explaining 18 complicated scientific ideas in easy and straightforward language.
#TheDailySpin will be taking the next couple of days off, but will return on Tuesday. As always,
if there's anything you think we should include in our next edition, tweet me @iquotesometimes with your suggestions. Thanks in advance.