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30 Ways To Piss Off Reporters

This is good. This is VERY good.


During media training sessions, I share examples of easy ways to completely piss off a reporter — not as a tutorial — but as a cheeky way to say DO NOT do these things ever if you want to maintain any kind of healthy relationship with media.

Below you will find the ones that bothered me when I worked as a journalist. There are definitely others so feel free to share in the comments section below. I had some help from some friends and former colleagues. So, please do add to the discussion.

Do any of these things, and you’re in for a world of fun. Trust me.

1. Tell a reporter how to do their job – They love that. Criticize the subjective tone or focus of a story while you’re at it. Bonus points if you can do this while never mentioning that the story was technically 100% accurate.


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24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

Copy all of this! I did finally donate my Laura Ashley sailor collared dress with the big bow, and also my blue pinwale pinafore, but hey, I didn’t fit either of them anymore anyway.

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This morning, as I was perusing my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it triggered Maximum Eye-Rolling from everyone who took the time out to read it.

Written by Kallie Provencher for RantChic.com, this “article” (I use the term loosely) highlighted things such as “leopard print”, “graphic tees”, and “short dresses” (because “By this age, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination”). Kallie, it seems, has a number of opinions on what women over 30 should and shouldn’t be doing, having also penned “30 Things Women Over 30 Shouldn’t Own” and “20 Pictures Women Over 30 Need To Stop Posting Online”. (What is this magical post-30 land where women are suddenly not allowed to do or own so many things?!)

Motivated by Kallie’s “article”, I decided to…

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Marketing the Unmarketable: The PineApple Case Study

A little thing me and Steve Wozniak did.

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How to market a mystery? That was the challenge faced by Nathan Newman and his team at Time Over Distance (t/d), a UK social media PR company, earlier this year. Their task? To spread the word that Steve Wozniak, inventer of the Apple computer, had a new project, PineApple, which would launch on Apple’s 40th anniversary, April 1.

I worked as part of the team, drumming up interest in North America via social media. But it ain’t easy when you can’t actually tell people what it is you’re talking about. What’s PineApple? How did we spread the word? What roadblocks did we encounter on the way? What lessons can you learn from our experience? We had to market the mystery itself.

Here’s how it went down.
Everything was timed around the Business Rocks conference in Manchester, April 21-23 of this year. That was the actual client, and the actual…

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PRESS RELEASE – Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Unveils PineApple, an Apple Competitor

So…What’s PineApple? Find out on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vine, or in person at the Business Rocks Conference in Manchester, April 21-22!

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SAN FRANCISCO– Following Friday’s unveiling of the much un-anticipated PineApple, a bemused tech press is left scratching its head over Steve Wozniak’s next big idea.

Wozniak, who co-founded tech giant Apple in a garage along with his pal Steve Jobs, is going head-to-head with his old company with his new startup, dubbed PineApple.

Apple was named after Newton’s apple, which disrupted his thought process and led to his development of the theory of gravity.

PineApple is a fruit of a different color, its spiky exterior giving no hint of the sweetness within.

Why PineApple?
Wozniak replied, I thought, why can’t a pineapple make history too? We need more variety in our tech diet.”

The tech legend has long supported social causes, and there is much speculation on what, specifically, the new startup will do: is it computers? gadgets? a nonprofit of some kind?

Wozniak took several years off to return to school and qualify as a schoolteacher, so no…

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Hmmmmm, if this writing thing doesn’t work out, one needs to be creative about alternate income streams.

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You can have power, wealth, an attractive mate and virtually anything else you ever dreamed of – by selling your soul to Satan! But how?

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