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Minutes -- to Organizing Committee Conference Call August 12th 2005


  • Ryan May, United Defense
  • Anita Campbell, Small Business Trends
  • Shel Holtz, Holtz Communication + Technology
  • Jeremy Pepper, POP! Public Relations, LLC
  • Robert French, Auburn University in Alabama
  • John Cass, Backbone Media, Inc.

PR Committee Report

  • Jeremy Pepper reporting:
  • The first PR Committee is set for Wednesday, August 17th 2005
  • Two free press releases are being provided by PR Newswire, one on the 22nd of August and the other on the 8th of September
  • Dan Forbush is going to send out a message to the ProfNet? email list
  • John Cass suggested that every email list serve member post a message on their respective association forums and email list serves
  • A contact from the young PR group will post a message.

Podcasting Committee Report

  • Shel Holtz reports that he will be speaking with Chris Bechtel on Monday August 15th 2005

Administrator/Reviewer/Editor Committee Report

  • Alice Campbell suggested that all Global PR Blog Week writers be reminded that the date of final submission is August 25th 2005. Recommended the committee send out several staged reminders over the next few weeks. John Cass committed to sending out the reminders.
  • Discussion regarding the selection of blogging platforms. There are two choices Wordpress and Drupal.
  • Robert French gave a demonstration of the two blogging platforms, and noted that WordPress comes with a pull down menu for several different themes on the blog home page. Visitors can change the theme for their browser and readability.
  • The organizing committee suggests that Wordpress be selected as the blogging platform, and that we set up the blog as early as convenient.
  • All writers will be given an account on the blogging platform. However, if writers have trouble using the blogging platform, you will be given the option of sending the document as an attachment. The email address to be supplied from amongst the administrators. Writers will be able to post an article, but the article will require review before it can be posted.
  • The Committee asks all writers to use a software package similar to notepad, which strips all associated metadata that you might find in Microsoft Word.
  • Anita Campbell asked who would be responsible for overseeing that each article is reviewed. * The committee made the recommendation that each author be responsible for notifying their reviewers and the rest of the email list serve when their article has been posted.

Lastly, the committee encourages all members to blog about the event on their blogs!

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