Laura CarabelloBy Laura Carabello, Principal, CPR Strategic Marketing and Communications; Publisher of Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel™

New communication channels are changing the face of journalism, creating a competitive climate for reporting news faster, more succinctly and in a format that is easily read online. Today's news is pieced together with a ground-floor view, relying on interpretation, expertise and knowledge—rather than old-fashioned fact gathering. The news is...

For the second time this year, a fire at sea has halted a cruise ship's voyage. This time, a blaze broke out aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, and the ship's 2,200 passengers returned to Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.

The fire began at 2:50 a.m. Monday and was extinguished about two hours later, with no injuries reported. A cause was not immediately known, and Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Tuesday that she had no updates on what happened or where repairs might take place, though a May 31 sailing had been...

The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced that Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a deputy director on the Council on Foreign Relations and best-selling author, has joined its Board of Directors.

"We are thrilled to add Gayle's experience and energy to our board," said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps. "She brings a unique combination of expertise in journalism, public policy, business and international development, plus an incredibly dynamic personality. I am confident she will boost Mercy Corps' efforts to tackle the world's toughest problems."

Ms. Lemmon is currently the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program, and also serves as...

Top U.S. public companies made only slight increases to executive compensation levels in 2012, as emphasis shifted further toward long-term performance incentives, according to results from The Wall Street Journal/Hay Group 2012 CEO Compensation Study, released last week. The Wall Street Journal partnered with Hay Group for the sixth year on its annual study,...

Results of Socialbakers' latest Socially Devoted Brand survey for Twitter (Q1 2013) reveal Nike to be the U.S. brand to beat, dominating the top ten U.S. list with four different Nike handles.

While @JetBlueAirways, representing airlines, and @NokiaCareUS, for telecom, take the #2 and #4 spots, respectively, they are surrounded by brands in banking, sporting goods, food, cloud computing and, a Q1 favorite, tax prep. On Facebook, the most Socially Devoted U.S. brands in Q1 2013 were uniformly telecoms and airlines, industries...

By Keith Beech, Head of Content, LEWIS PR

Few industries are changing faster than the media industry. The explosion of social media has transformed the ways by which we all consume information. News is available on the go and 24/7. We all have the ability to become publishers, and more and more brands are investing in journalists and content creators to get their messages out.

Media houses are no longer divided between print and broadcast—the majority have been forced to embrace the multimedia, digital platforms which are now available and which consumers demand. This...

Influencer marketing platform Traackr and contact management firm Nimble, creators of the simply insightful relationship management platform, have announced an integration of their services to enable social businesses to manage their influencer marketing programs end-to-end. The combined platform will provide users the ability to perform influencer discovery and tracking, relationship building and nurturing, as well as activating and measuring results.

"Building relationships with key individuals who can impact a market, a brand and ultimately sales, has become a core skill to the modern marketer," said...

Research In Motion unveiled a lower-cost BlackBerry aimed at consumers in emerging markets, stepping up its efforts to regain market share lost to Apple's iPhone and Android devices powered by Google's software. The lower-cost gadget, called the Q5, is the company's third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system. It will have a physical keyboard, something that sets RIM's devices apart from the iPhone and most Android phones.

RIM (soon to be renamed BlackBerry) CEO Thorsten Heins said the...

Politico hires CNN political producer Rebecca Sinderbrand (rsinderbrand(at)politico.com) as deputy White House editor.

New York Post appoints Gregory Miller (gregorymiller(at)nypost.com) as entertainment writer and editor of the "Alexa" section.

Hiring managers are Googling potential job candidates and it seems they are likely to find the good, the bad and the downright embarrassing, according to a survey of Class of 2013 graduates conducted by Abine, online privacy leader and makers of DoNotTrackMe.

While LinkedIn, Facebook and other online accounts provide an opportunity for graduates to impress hiring managers, the survey shows that many graduates are spending time on their traditional resumes and neglecting a new yet important part of the image they present to prospective employers—their online presence....

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