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Eric Townsend
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Attended University of Maryland, College Park
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I'm thinking it's time to take another look at Google+.
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Do it! I like it Eric!
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I'd almost forgotten Google+ existed.
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Eric - with the new changes to Google+ it may be a good time to look back into it!
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Kind words from the editor of the Times-News. It's really a team project, though. I simply coordinate efforts from a great group of faculty at Elon.
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This leaves out the most obvious reason for Oreo's success. They're incredibly tasty!
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Fun story out of my alma mater. I always liked Steve Schirripa's character, "Bobby," on The Sopranos, and it was a small (and pleasant) surprise to find he has ties to the University of Delaware.
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Thank goodness one NFL superstar's priorities aren't THAT out of whack, right?
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Advice to PR professionals for crafting news pitches to media. I don't think there's much that's groundbreaking here, but it's a good reminder that journalists are inundated with press releases, etc., and that success may hinge on one or two of these points.
Learn how to pitch press releases to journalists that actually stand out from the crowd and get your story told.
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Great advice! You should see some of the news releases that come in to our newsroom! Sometimes I think we should offer a class on how to write these things! Most importantly, please include date and time of event...it's amazing how many people don't include the who, what, when, where, and why when they pitch a story!
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Mmm... Apple fritters...
Krispy Kreme has long dominated the Triad's doughnut market, but Donut World wants...
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Sweet. Just like "Defender" on my Atari 2600.
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Sad? Yes. Surprised? Nope.
 
My students and I just completed a study of ALL the questions asked at the 20 debates featuring the Republican candidates for President. That's 839 total questions. How many times did journalists ask about climate change? Two. How many questions about India as a rising power? Zero. How many about small business? One. (Hey: Aren't the Republicans supposed to be the party of small business?) How many about campaign strategy and the negative ads candidates have been running on each other? Uh... 113. Our package includes the study and several related features. Here's my introduction to it.
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I've been predicting this might unfold. My gut tells me that we're in the midst of an American "higher education bubble" that's going to pop this decade, and we may well see many more Americans headed overseas for their undergraduate degrees. There's no data in the story to suggest it's already happening... yet.
It's that time of the year again: high-school seniors around the country are anxiously awaiting the news that will change their lives -- early admission to the university of their choice. But whil...
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Education
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    M.J., Public Affairs Reporting, 2002 - 2003
  • University of Delaware
    B.A., Political Science/Economics/History, 1997 - 2001
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(336) 278-7413
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Husband. Father. Runner. Communicator.
Introduction
Day job: I share stories that illustrate the values and vitality of the Elon University community. Night job: Superhero extraordinaire for two wonderful kids. My beautiful wife, it should be noted, sees through my act.
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Occupation
Media relations and news site manager for Elon University in North Carolina.
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News writing; media relations; social media; basic photography; AP style; content management
Employment
  • Elon University
    Director, Elon University News Bureau, 2007 - present
    Coordinates media relations and helps manage social media accounts through the Office of University Communications.
  • News & Record
    Staff Writer, 2004 - 2007
  • Cecil Whig
    Staff Writer, 2003 - 2004
  • Middletown Transcript
    Staff Writer, 2001 - 2002
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