Other News Stories




News Worth Knowing About


Some news gets more attention than other news. Especially in today’s political climate. Politicians and policies are sucking up the air, as they should, given what news media sources are uncovering. These are important issues; especially because they are so intimately linked to what our country needs to stay afloat (healthy and alive).
But what about the other news stories?  The ones that don’t make it to ‘big time’ media?
Here are a few pieces of news that you may not have heard about:

Ocean cleanup can reduce plastics

It is estimated that more than four trillion pieces of plastic are floating or have already sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup Project has plans to remove 40% of that plastic over the next decade by using an operating system that is powered by ocean currents. 

Decline in homeless of US Veterans

According to Good News Network, veteran homeless has been reduced by 50 percent in the last seven years. This is the result of hard work between a variety of government agencies and all suggest more programs like this will be developed.

Juno’s trek made it to Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew 800,000,000 miles to explore Jupiter’s radiation belts. The data collected could provide details about how the planet and the solar system it belongs to formed. Who knows what we could learn from that?

Ebola Vaccine could be perfect

Newsweek reporters write that a new Ebola vaccine shows a 100% percent protection rate. It is possible that this could help curb the number of those infected to approximately 28,000. Such trials could end what is now considered to be one of the worst epidemics in recent history.

50 Million trees in just one day

In India, per a story by National Geographic, 800,000 volunteers were able to plant 50 million trees in just one day. These 80-different species of trees are part of the country’s Paris Climate Conference effort to reforest the land. 

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History of Journalism



A Brief History of Journalism

The origins of journalism - an institution that has touched much of the globe, survived changing tastes and attitudes and even technology - can be traced back to the 1400s.
Here’s a quick look at some of its roots: 
  • 1400s: Handwritten articles were constructed and passed around in German and Italian cities by businessmen.
  • 1690: The first newspaper is published in the United States. Unfortunately, it only lasts for a single issue.
  •  1704: Daniel Defoe creates an account of The Great Storm of 1703. It is considered to be one of the first true examples of modern journalism.
  • 1709: The Tatler is created by Richard Steele, utilizing a mix of both gossip and news from coffeehouses all throughout London.
  • 1791: The First Amendment is established by Congress in America, granting freedom to the press.
  • 1800s: By the dawn of the 19th century, there are over fifty-two papers in London alone.
  • 1833: The first penny press paper is published in America.
  • 1844: A new telegraph line created in the U.S. allows for news to be delivered more rapidly.
  • 1860-1910: Journalism as a whole enjoys a vast array of technological advances and new approaches to writing.
  • 1920: Radio stations begin broadcasting in America. The technology quickly makes use of journalism.
  • 1940s: Television becomes operational. Journalism quickly embraces television as a medium of expression.
  • 1969: A communication system – known as the Internet - is created. It rapidly changes journalism in a variety of profound ways.
  • 1980: The first 24-hour news network appears. 
  • 1997: Internet blogging is invented.
The history of journalism tracks communication developments of news for a few and news for the many.

Read about The Great Storm of 1703 or the alphabet.

Basic Public Relations Skills



Required  Skills



Just what basic public relation skills do specialists need to do a good job for their clients?

The basics include, well, basic communication skills. Compelling and concise press release, news bulletins, social media content, and articles are all essential. Communications experts also need to manage time because time is what moves media. The ‘when’ of deadlines is crucial.

Creativity


What’s a campaign without a creative touch? This is what makes the news you deliver unique. So, think outside the box about ways to capture media attention as well as your audience’s attention long enough to hear what you’ve got to say. 

Add flexibility, self-direction, and reliability with your clients, co-workers and media personnel and you’re off to a good start.

Public Relations Categories


Here’s a partial list of titles associated with public relations.

  • Blogger
  • Brand Communications
  • Business Storytelling
  • Client Relations
  • Drafting Pitches
  • Event Planning
  • Tracking
  • Trends
  • Troubleshooting
  • Generate New Business
  • Media Communications
  • Media Outreach
  • News Releases
  • Promotion
  • Public Information Officer
  • Research
  • Social Media Manager
  • Speech Writing
  • Strategy Development

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