More detail, fewer swears

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More detail, fewer swears
September 14th, 2017
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You spend hours crafting the perfect pitch and the perfect list of reporters and outlets to send it to. You’re sure it will be a hit – and then the rejection emails start flooding in (or worse, you get no response at all). Nicole Fallon, managing editor of Business News Daily, shoots down pitches for a variety of reasons, but some PR pros are able to change her mind. How do they do it? Find out by reading her new post on the Muck Rack blog, Can’t land your pitch? 3 tactics to try after rejection.

You really need to read this

Let’s start your Thursday with a couple of must-reads:

“Read this. Make sure you have Kleenex nearby, but read this,” says Megan Garber. “A generation of journalists grew up under David Carr. What we learned,” says Jason Cherkis. In David Carr, Journalism's Super-Mentor, Mikaela Lefrak of The Atlantic shares tributes from more than a dozen mentees of the late journalist. “There are far too few of these people esp in #journalism,” tweets Jeremy Borden. Amy Chozick says, “I feel like there must've been a dozen of him, for all the things he did, words he wrote, and lives he changed.” Scott Stossel tweets, “Wonderful tribute to David Carr, with reminiscences by @tanehisicoates, @SridharPappu, @amandaripley& others.” “A good thing to aim for today: be half as good to people as David Carr was,” tweets Laura Olin.

Also, “You really need to read this,” says David Sharp, of Attacked in bed, safe a few feet away: Cuba mystery deepens, by AP’s Josh Lederman, Michael Weissenstein and Matthew Lee. Says Gerry Shih, “This story about US diplomats in Havana getting brain injury from a remote mystery weapon is nuts.” “So many good details in here about the mysterious attacks on diplomats in Cuba. Fascinating stuff,” tweets Julie Pace.

Drain that swamp…

“Things rarely stun me anymore, but this Mnuchin/honeymoon story is really something else,” says Josh Dawsey. So let’s get this straight: “Steve Mnuchin, who is worth $300 million, asked the government to provide a $25,000-per-hour jet for his honeymoon,” as Scott Bixby tweets. Yes, tweets Kevin Dugan, “For someone who's so independently wealthy, @stevenmnuchin1 sure seems to like taxpayer-funded travel.” At ABC News, Justin Fishel, Brian Ross and Jordyn Phelps are reporting Treasury Secretary Mnuchin requested government jet for European honeymoon (98,000+ shares). “The best part,” which Eric Umansky highlights: In her controversial Instagram posts last month, Mnuchin's wife responded to a commenter “by belittling the woman in a series of comments and even mentioned her honeymoon. ‘Aw!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Did you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol.’” We’ll leave it here: “AYFKM,” tweets Felix Salmon.

Meanwhile, POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn reports, Trump ethics watchdog moves to allow anonymous gifts to legal defense funds (38,000+ shares). “Drain that swamp…” says John-Erik Koslosky.

Well, at least there’s this: Trump FEMA nominee withdraws after NBC News questions about falsified records, reports Suzy Khimm of NBC News. She tweets, “SCOOP: Trump's nominee for FEMA's #2 job had falsified government records, according to a federal investigation.”

Womp womp

So, “Trump administration memo on preventing leaks has leaked to @BuzzFeedNews,” tweets Chris Megerian. BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner has the scoop, Trump Administration Launching a Broad New Anti-Leak Program, based on “the memo about leaks that was subsequently obtained by BuzzFeed News”—proving once and for all, “At least one anonymous source in the executive branch has a wicked sense of humor,” as Daniel Drezner tweets. “Womp womp,” says Matt Ford.

While we’re at it, also worthy of a “womp womp” is the news that Martin Shkreli to Be Jailed for Seeking a Hair From Hillary Clinton, which Stephanie Clifford reports for The New York Times. “Leave it to Martin Shkreli to cause the dumbest bail revocation ever,” says Matt Stiles.

Another through-the-looking-glass-moment

Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save ‘dreamers’ from deportation, report The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and David Nakamura, and Adam Nagourney says, “The Trump-Schumer relationship is turning out to be the coolest, goofiest (if least surprising) thing of Trump era.” Ellen Nakashima calls it “Another through-the-looking-glass-moment.” And now, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reports, Trump’s diehard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers’.

Fresh Flynn revelations

At The Wall Street Journal, Christopher Stewart, Rob Barry and Shane Harris have the story, Flynn Promoted Nuclear-Plant Project While in White House. Tweets Michael Siconolfi, “COVERT OPERATION: Fresh Mike Flynn revelations by @rob_barry @csstewart @shaneharris.” And “It's a family affair,” tweets Dmitry Zaks. As NBC News’ Carol Lee, Julia Edwards Ainsley and Ken Dilanian report, Mike Flynn's son is subject of federal Russia investigation.

“EXCLUSIVE: New details about what SUSAN RICE told House Intel and why she unmasked Trump officials,” tweets Manu Raju of his piece for CNN, Rice told investigators why she unmasked Trump aides. Tweets Dan Murphy, “Crown prince of corrupt Arab monarchy brokering secret Russia meeting in Seychelles for Trump before inauguration.” “If he hasn't yet Mr. Mueller will be knocking on #bannon door soon,” tweets  Kurt Bardella.

“Wait, they're just figuring out now there's something fishy about a ‘software security’ co. tied to Russia.? Brill,” tweets Dan Leger. He links to U.S. bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage, by Ellen Nakashima and Jack Gillum of The Washington Post.

According to the scoop from Chris Strohm at Bloomberg, Mueller Probe Has ‘Red-Hot’ Focus on Social Media, Officials Say. As Alex Wayne tweets, “Mueller is coming at Facebook and Twitter, bigly.”

Motel Snitch

“Motel 6 employees in Phoenix say they've been reporting undocumented guests to ICE on a daily basis. Worth a read,” says Caitlin Dickerson, who links to Is Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests? That’s from Antonia Noori Farzan and Joseph Flaherty of the Phoenix New Times. Tweets Flaherty, “So, it sure looks like two Phoenix locations of Motel 6 are coordinating with ICE.” “Motel Snitch, more like,” says Tom Scocca.

Shocked by the blowback

“Bubble people launch ‘bodega’ to kill bodegas, shocked by blowback,” tweets Ryan Felton, who links to So, about our name… from the Bodega Blog. But Bodega Isn’t Just Bad Branding, It’s Bad Business, says Eater’s Helen Rosner. She tweets, “Hi friends, I put this into an actual article, with more detail and fewer swears.”

And finally, “The woman who stole public money to buy a pug tuxedo truly deserves a pardon @realDonaldTrump,” Gabriel Kinder says. He links to the AP story, Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo. As John Hendrickson explains, “This is not a crime.” “The cutest possible proceeds of fraud,” notes Jana Pruden. “Money well spent,” says Olivia Solon.

Thursday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: A 1954 convention in Miami became the test audience for a new product developed by brothers F. Nephi and Golden Grigg at their plant in northeastern Oregon. What was the product?

Answer: That was the debut of the Tater Tot, and Eater’s Kelsey McKinney has the full story, The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest.

Congrats to…Dan Rosenbaum, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s biggest airport, but another airport is poised to take the title in 2019. What is it?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
New roles for Salinas, Clark, Rennie

Sara Salinas has joined CNBC Digital to cover tech news. She previously interned for The Boston Globe, the Indianapolis Star and the Baltimore Business Journal. She was also a contributing writer to USA Today College.

Kim Clark has left Money magazine to become an assistant director of the Education Writers Association, where she’ll be responsible for directing EWA programming on education beyond high school. Prior to joining Money in 2011, she was a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade. She previously reported for Fortune magazine and The Baltimore Sun.

And David Rennie, currently the Washington bureau chief for The Economist, will be moving to Asia next year for the magazine. Since joining The Economist in 2007, he’s been an EU correspondent and Charlemagne columnist, served as British political editor and author of the Bagehot column, and wrote the Lexington column. He previously worked for the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard and was also a contributing editor of the Spectator magazine.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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