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I suggest the press request the PRs to hang around...

2007-08-07T14:02:00.000+01:00

I suggest the press request the PRs to hang around after the briefing to 'discuss further opportunities'. The client leaves happy, thinking they are going to get some great coverage and the PR can happily order from the wine list on the client's expenses. As long as coverage comes out of it, everyone's a winner.



Well blow me - I never thought I'd see the day whe...

2007-08-07T00:23:00.000+01:00

Well blow me - I never thought I'd see the day when being a hack in Maosville would appeal. Bring it merrily on I say!

For the record I like being schmoozed and you lot don't seem to do it well enough these days. You know not to call me of an afternoon, so where exactly do you have to dash off to before I've had a chance to order Cognac?

In fact I'm making a stand. If any of you lot turn up for lunch with your client and try to fob me off with mineral water you'll get nowt out of me from now on. Hit me with three stars and a decent Bordeux and I'll personally kill the sub and the ed and put you on the front page.

And before some smart AE asks, no I'm not going to reveal who I am. You'll just have to treat every single journo like royalty from now on..



In China, it is not unusual for less-than-honest j...

2007-08-06T22:56:00.000+01:00

In China, it is not unusual for less-than-honest journalists and people in power to look for payment in kind, particularly from attractive young ladies.

A formerly well-known UK PR agency in the mid-to-late 1990s was said to have a reputation for providing a similar exchange. Not exactly prostitution, but definitely services provided above and beyond th ecall of duty.

There were also some journalists who described stories as 1, 2 or 3 gram stories. I don't know if anybody given into this form of solicitation.

It is well known that some industries such as music and entertainment still provides 'additional' entertainment to their media contacts.



Anyone else sick of having to order water at press...

2007-08-06T18:23:00.000+01:00

Anyone else sick of having to order water at press lunches too?

Yes I do too darling.



The name Guy Goma springs to mind there, or someth...

2007-08-06T17:27:00.000+01:00

The name Guy Goma springs to mind there, or something similar . . .



Last 3GSM there were quite a few (substantiated) r...

2007-08-06T17:01:00.000+01:00

Last 3GSM there were quite a few (substantiated) rumours of a couple of hacks asking for ££s to turn up to briefings.

I believe the going rate was around £100 - but I was a little unclear as to whether it included coverage.



Anyone else sick of having to order water at press...

2007-08-06T14:34:00.000+01:00

Anyone else sick of having to order water at press lunches too?



TWL said:"Hacks get to supplement their pitiful in...

2007-08-06T12:53:00.000+01:00

TWL said:

"Hacks get to supplement their pitiful incomes, PRs can guarantee a nice piece of coverage. There's no downside."

True, true - but isnt that what press trips are all about?



prostitutes, coke, waccy backy, cash bungs - damn ...

2007-08-06T12:51:00.000+01:00

prostitutes, coke, waccy backy, cash bungs - damn I was born into this IT journo game too late. Either that or I'm too naive



Wacky baccy..? Cocaine..? In the PR industry? Ar...

2007-08-06T11:16:00.000+01:00

Wacky baccy..? Cocaine..? In the PR industry? Are you sure?

I had it down as being as clean and healthy as a three-week cycle ride through the French countryside.



Not so unusual. Trust an old IT hack, this one was...

2007-08-06T10:03:00.000+01:00

Not so unusual. Trust an old IT hack, this one wasn't unknown in the UK past. Add to that offers of prostitutes as well as cash expenses and even, believe it or not, wacky baccy and cocaine for the games journalists.