The Blagger's Blog 21st November 2014

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort

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Thought for the Week 

So when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain. When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad. When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple.” Jaden Smith, quoted in a New York Times Magazine interview wherein, alongside his sister, Willow, faux-philosophising seemed to be the modus operandi.

Weekly High

It was the annual CIPR PRide North West Awards this week, with the event held on Wednesday night at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. We were delighted to walk away with no less than four gold gongs to our name, rounding off what has been a fantastic year for Smoking Gun PR. Click here to see exactly which categories we were triumphant in.
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Weekly Low

Uber, Uber, Uber… There’s an unwritten rule in business that clearly says if you despise journalists and have secret plans to hire some investigators and (ironically) unscrupulous journalists to ‘dig into the personal lives of members of the press to give them a taste of their own medicine’, you certainly shouldn’t admit to it- irrespective of whether it was at a supposedly private dinner. Hence the reason Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice president for business, faced furore from the media this week. An apology and retraction have been issued, but still, think before you speak, pal.
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Stories to keep an eye on

A new shared advertising model has been unveiled by several of the UK’s biggest regional newspaper publishers, with 1XL, as the platform is called, offering buyers a combined audience of 50million.
A new pro-independence Scottish tabloid, from the people behind the Sunday Herald, will launch on Monday, entitled the National.
A group of journalists have launched legal action against Scotland Yard following revelations that their professional activities have been monitored by a department named ‘Domestic Extremists’.

Just in case you missed it

Square Up Media, the house behind titles including lifestyle magazine Square Mile  and travel offering Escapism, is launching its online cuisine journal, Foodism, in print.