Cam is the Senior Director of Global Communications with a large, Hong Kong-listed Internet and technology firm. He also co-hosts the PR & Law Podcast and curates the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. Cam has been immersed in China since 2004 with stops in Beijing (to cover the 2008 Winter Olympic Games), Shanghai, Guangzhou, and now in Hong Kong. He was a radio and TV journalist in a past life, and still blogs at cammacmurchy.com and on popular Apple news website 9to5Mac.
Happy New Year!It's great to be back to kick off 2021 -- and already there's no shortage of topics to discuss. While the storming of the US Capitol dominated coverage last week, Ewan focused on some news that flew under the radar: Google staff are unionizing. Actually, that's not entirely true, but a group of staff at the search engine giant has taken its first steps towards collective bargaining. Ewan walks us through what happened and why it matters.We couldn't ignore the biggest news of the week, so Cam looked at how Facebook handled the insurrection which rocked Washington. Facebook has long been under fire for questionable -- and sometimes violent -- content uploaded by its users. Its flimsy pretext, that it's a "platform" and not a "publisher", finally collapsed completely on January 6. We examine Facebook's public handling of the protest and how it communicated privately to staff (hint: it wasn't good).In Check This Out, Cam mentioned a brand new podcast (at least to him) that he fell in love with over the holidays, while Ewan recommends a weightier documentary that has close parallels to the 2020 US election.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and Show NotesMaryland Company Terminates Employee Who Participated in US Capitol Riot - Twitter'This is Historic': Google, Alphabet Workers Form First-Ever Union - Human Resources DirectorWhat Can a Small Union for Well-Paid Google Workers Accomplish? Quite a Bit, Experts Say - MSNMark Zuckerberg Explains Ban of US President in a Status Update - FacebookTrump Blocked on Facebook Indefinitely, Suspended by Twitter as Tech Platforms Finally Take Action - SalonFacebook Forced its Employees to Stop Discussing Trump's Coup Attempt - BuzzFeedCheck This Out'537 Votes' Revisits Florida Election Chaos in 2000 as a Prelude to 2020  - CNNHeavyweight - Gimlet MediaHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.
The vaccines are being rolled out as we speak, but that doesn't mean COVID-19 is behind us. The pandemic has left tens of millions of people out of work and companies struggling to stay alive. This week, Duntrune LLP's Matthew Dewar joins the show to share his expectations for employer/employee relations in 2021. While some long layoffs might be considered termination, seeking a settlement from cash strapped companies could be futile in the midst of a pandemic. He's got some ideas on how employers can manage risk and what laid-off employees should consider, too.Then we look at some positive news from last week: Major League Baseball's decision to include player statistics from the Negro Leagues into the official baseball stat book. The Negro Leagues stopped playing 72 years ago, so it was a long-time coming. While it might appear to be an easy win for MLB, Cam explains why it wasn't quite so simple, and shared his thoughts on what MLB did right as it rolled out the announcement.In Check This Out, we look at the much maligned (but excellent) U2 album Zooropa, which was released 25 years ago. Staying on the music theme, Cam talked about Britney Spears (!?!?), Henry Kissinger, and growing up in Kentucky. You won't want to miss it.This marks the final episode of the PR & Law Podcast in 2020. We managed to complete 37 episodes in 37 consecutive weeks, made simpler by the fact Cam and Ewan have both been locked at home throughout much of the pandemic! We have big plans for the show in 2021 and are always looking to improve it. We welcome your thoughts, criticisms, suggestions, ideas, whatever you've got! You can reach us at podcast@prand.law. We will be back with Episode #38 on January 4.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and Show NotesAs it Celebrates the Centennial of the Negro Leagues, MLB May Undo a "Major" Mistake - The RingerMLB Can Add Negro Leagues to Official Records but Can Never Change What it Did to Black Players - ESPNMLB is Correcting a Longtime Oversight in the Game's History by Officially Elevating the Negro Leagues to "Major League" Status - @MLB on TwitterMLB Officially Designates the "Negro Leagues" as Major League - MLB News ReleaseSean Gibson Discusses Grandfather Josh Gibson - MLB Film RoomWillie Mays to get More Home Runs from Negro Leagues? - MLB Film RoomEpisode #36: Why a Blog Beats a News Release - PR & Law PodcastCanva - Design Graphics Quickly and EasilyLumen5 - The Easiest Video Maker for Social Media MarketingCheck This OutU2 - Zooropa - PitchforkThe Unexpected Resonance of Zooropa, U2's Least Remembered Album, 25 Years Later - VoxHow the Enlightenment Ends - The AtlanticThe Oracle of Britney - Vanity FairHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - AmazonHillbilly Elegy - NetflixHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.
It's the end of the year, and that can sometimes mean layoffs. It's cruel to let somebody go right before Christmas - at least in western countries - but it happens more than you'd think. This week Ewan helps explain the meaning behind terms like "terminated with cause" and "without cause," and the steps employers should take to reduce risk and treat the employee respectfully. There's lots of good and practical information in this discussion, so don't miss it!Then Cam talks about how blogs are becoming equal to - or even more effective than - the traditional news release. He explains how this change has happened over the last few years, why some continue to resist blogs, and advice for companies who want to tell compelling stories to their audiences and customers.In Check This Out, Ewan shares a remarkable story about well-known website (which we can't name here without triggering all kinds of bots!) and the damage it's causing, while Cam looks at the new docuseries on Netflix about former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Khan.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and Show NotesEpisode #29: The Dreaded Workplace Investigation - PR & Law PodcastWhy Your Press Release Doesn't Belong on Your Blog - PrezlyEpisode #32: How PR has Change with Edelman's Simon Murphy - PR & Law PodcastBlogging vs. Press Releases vs. Coverage - Sword and the ScriptBlog vs. News Release - Concentric SolutionsCheck This OutThe Children of P**nHub - New York TimesAn Uplifting Update on the Terrible World of P**nHub - New York TimesRoom 2806: The Accusation - NetflixHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.
We had lots of content planned this week, but a late-breaking story drove a number of requests to the PR and Law Podcast... and we definitely take requests! The longtime anthem singer of an NHL team was fired in a public way after taking part in a "freedom rally" to oppose government restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Did the team have grounds to fire him? What rights does the anthem singer have? And what about the PR fallout? We go through all of it - in detail.With Christmas around the corner, Ewan also brings up the thorny issue of company holiday parties. They can be rife with potential risk in the best of times, but during a pandemic those risks are exponential. Ewan talks about what companies should think about and how they might be able to avoid some costly problems.In "Check This Out" both hosts turn to business news, with Ewan examining Warner's decision to release 17 feature films on HBO Max, while Cam looks at the Salesforce acquisition of Slack and how Microsoft Teams played a role.Don't miss any future episodes and get updates about the podcast by signing up to the PR & Law Podcast newsletter. We promise: no spam. Ever.If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend or family member. It's the best way to get the word out and we are very grateful! We also frequently post updates to the stories we discuss on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Soundcloud.If you have a question we would be happy to answer it on the show! Just post it to social media with the hashtag #PRLawPod.Links and Show NotesCanucks fire anthem singer Mark Donnelly for performing at anti-mask rally - New York PostCanucks cut ties with anthem singer Mark Donnelly over plan to sing at anti-mask rally - Vancouver Sun Inside the decision to have Mark Donnelly on TSN 1040 hours after his firing by Canucks - TSN 1040Episode #9: HBO Max's Marketing Mess - PR & Law PodcastThe Verge's Casey Newton turns to newsletters, the latest well-known journalist to go independent - CamMacMurchy.comCheck This OutHollywood, theatre owners sound off over Warner Bros' bold HBO Max move: 'they're playing with fire' - VarietyHow Microsoft crushed Slack - PlatformerHostsEwan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.
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Hong Kong, Central and Western, Hong Kong
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141
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6
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1 day, 17 hours
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