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>>The question you raise is an interesting one - b...

2007-07-01T13:17:00.000+01:00

>>The question you raise is an interesting one - but are you really suggesting that we should have been on the phone to Moorepay or Prince Charles before issuing comment?? Come on...<<

Yes. If you are getting material from the People, I'd have thought checking it somewhere would be a good idea.

Or perhaps don't offer comment to business publications based on loopy tabloid stories.

On the other hand, an encryption-related comment on this week's People scoop "Spice girls at war" might be quite entertaining.

You decide.



Joe makes a fair point. Much as I like to have a ...

2007-06-30T16:02:00.000+01:00

Joe makes a fair point. Much as I like to have a go at fellow PRs (anonymously, of course), the worst offender in this case is the publication who ran the story without verification.

I've always taken the view that press releases should provide journos with the basis for their own stories - not become the story in themselves.

You don't need to be a 'journalist' to simply print PR stories verbatim.



Wrong, yes, silly, never ;-)The question you raise...

2007-06-29T23:19:00.000+01:00

Wrong, yes, silly, never ;-)

The question you raise is an interesting one - but are you really suggesting that we should have been on the phone to Moorepay or Prince Charles before issuing comment?? Come on...

We're certainly not the only agency that does this kind of rapid response PR, but the idea that everybody else is triple-checking their sources before getting comment out (when time is often of the essence) is frankly, well, silly.

So yeah, we ended up with egg on our face this time, but getting all pious about it just feels a tiny bit hypocritical.



Joe...I don't think anyone's claimed that any othe...

2007-06-29T19:48:00.000+01:00

Joe...I don't think anyone's claimed that any other stolen laptop stories are untrue...or, indeed, questioned the fact that Moorepay did actually have one of its laptops stolen.

The question is, should Johnson King have been more thorough in checking the facts behind a story in The People, rather than simply assuming it to be true? And - as I think you've already admitted - the answer to that question is 'yes'.

There's been a recent strong of Facebook stories in the press...but that doesn't mean that we should take the News of the World's front page exclusive this Sunday about John Leslie using it to tempt young ladies to his home to engage in deviant sexual acts as the gospel truth (should it run such a story), does it?

You've been silly and you know you have.



I can't believe I'm having to say this on a blog f...

2007-06-29T17:30:00.000+01:00

I can't believe I'm having to say this on a blog frequented mainly by PRs, but these stories 'originate' from the keyboards of journalists, who've made the decision that they're of sufficient interest to their readership to be published. We offer comment - we don't stand there pointing a gun at their heads (much as we may sometimes want to).

Unless of course you think that Johnson King itself is nicking all these laptops...



Ha ha that's funny. Actually, I quite like him. Af...

2007-06-29T15:23:00.000+01:00

Ha ha that's funny. Actually, I quite like him. After all, it was Goodwins and Illet involved.



Joe Banks said... Yeah, yeah, ok, it's fair cop.An...

2007-06-29T14:41:00.000+01:00

Joe Banks said...
Yeah, yeah, ok, it's fair cop.

Anybody who's been following the recent string of stolen laptop stories will perhaps see why we thought this story was correct beyond The People's 'report'... but it looks like we were wrong.


The recent string of stolen laptop stories, computer virus stories, 180% of business execs leave their mobile phones in cab stories.......yeah, I wonder where those stories originate from?!



I knew...

2007-06-29T14:39:00.000+01:00

I knew...



I just read (and enjoyed) the Rupert Goodwins thin...

2007-06-29T12:30:00.000+01:00

I just read (and enjoyed) the Rupert Goodwins thing. I always assumed they were named Johnson King after two people's surnames - hadn't realised it was actually just a reference to what a knob the MD is.

Who knew..?



I think that your headline nicely highlights a dil...

2007-06-28T17:15:00.000+01:00

I think that your headline nicely highlights a dilemma that the PR industry will need to overcome. I mean, how long is it until readers become slightly disillusioned with all publications - not just newspapers?

The audience is increasingly marketing savvy (particularly in B2B - or at least you would think so).

So why will people continue to think that an opinion piece they know has been drafted by a flack, and simply 'approved' by the so-called author, has any real credibility?



Yeah, yeah, ok, it's fair cop.Anybody who's been f...

2007-06-28T15:36:00.000+01:00

Yeah, yeah, ok, it's fair cop.

Anybody who's been following the recent string of stolen laptop stories will perhaps see why we thought this story was correct beyond The People's 'report'... but it looks like we were wrong.

So, we're expecting to be carted off to the Tower any minute now...



I'd almost forgotten about that, sort of. Truth be...

2007-06-28T15:07:00.000+01:00

I'd almost forgotten about that, sort of. Truth be told, I have no recollection of the event at all given the extent of my drunken state at the time but I had almost forgotten about Rupert's lovely diary piece. Oh well, what can I say? Sounds like I deserve it for being an arse.



No, definitely not unfair to share that with us - ...

2007-06-28T13:28:00.000+01:00

No, definitely not unfair to share that with us - it's absolutely made my day!



Would it be unfair on Mike King to dredge this gol...

2007-06-28T11:12:00.000+01:00

Would it be unfair on Mike King to dredge this golden nugget up from the archives (filed in the drawer marked 'playground bullying'):

http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10003977o-2000331777b,00.htm



Johnson King diving head first into something with...

2007-06-28T10:45:00.000+01:00

Johnson King diving head first into something without checking the facts!!! I refuse to believe it!!!

They're normally such a considered and respectable agency in the way they approach these things.

...oh hang on...