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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:30 PM


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EXPERT ALERT

  • Texas Fracking Faces Increased Taxes
  • Rewriting the (HR) Book on Social Media
  • Female Combat Veterans Have Unique Needs
  • Tiger Woods' Prenup Cheating Clause
  • Ten Rules for Pharmaceutical Compliance
  • Robust MedTech Products Can Be Created by Breaking Down Company Barriers

MEDIA JOBS

  • Investigative Reporter – KVOA-TV (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Reporter – WCCO-TV (Minneapolis)
  • Newsroom Assistant – Tribune Company (Sacramento, Calif.)

OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES

  • Multimedia Journalism: Give it a Shot!
  • Trends in Media – From Traditional to Social
  • Read This Before You Write Your Book
  • Grammar Hammer: It's Just Me, Myself and I

EXPERT ALERTS

Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at http://bit.ly/pncalerts

Texas Fracking Faces Increased Taxes
David Wheat
Attorney
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"As the use of hydraulic fracturing continues to expand in Texas, the longstanding tax exemption for such drilling activity may be drying up. In a recently issued report, the Legislative Budget Board recommends changing the state's calculation methods and effectively increasing tax rates on natural gas production. These exemptions have been in place for years, providing incentives for the use of unconventional drilling techniques that led to modern fracking technology. According to the report, 55 percent of Texas gas production in 2011 came from 'high-cost' wells, up from only 5 percent two decades ago. The LBB estimates that the exemptions have reduced payments to the state by an average of $1.2 billion per year. It will be interesting to see if the political will exists to raise taxes on an industry that has been a major contributor to the state's current budget surplus."
Media Contact: Barry Pound, barry@androvett.com

Rewriting the (HR) Book on Social Media
Audrey Mross
Labor and Employment Attorney
Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas
"No employer likes to have a worker who bad-mouths their workplace. But companies are increasingly are finding themselves on the losing side if they try to ban employees from venting via social media, then fire those who violate the policy. Like it or not, when two or more workers get together and gripe about working conditions, the National Labor Relations Board often sides with employees. Companies such as General Motors, Wal-Mart and Costco have even had to rewrite their social media rules to reflect this application of a 1930s law to modern means of communication."
Media Contact: Dave Moore, dave@androvett.com

Female Combat Veterans Have Unique Needs
Kimberly Mitchell
Deputy Director
Dixon Center
As the Pentagon opens up combat positions to women, Mitchell can discuss the unique needs of female combat veterans, especially as they return home from deployments: "For our nation, formally recognizing the fact that women have been and are serving valiantly in combat roles for the past 11 years is appropriate. I do look forward to the bold policy steps that will be taken recognizing the unique needs of all our service members regarding post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, military sexual trauma and the military's proactive steps, which previously have been reactive. As a Navy veteran, I know women have been serving side by side their male counterparts for years. This is a watershed moment for our country and recognizes all of our service members' capabilities, valor and achievements. Opening combat roles to females should not be lauded as a bold step but rather a normal progression towards equality. The military's mix of gender, races, creed, lifestyles, and backgrounds makes it a bellwether of society. This decision should not be used as an opportunity for demagoguery, but rather a chance to acknowledge our military's ability to fight and win our nations' wars."
Mitchell's 17 years of service in the U.S. Navy included a commission as a Surface Warfare Officer, service aboard several surface Navy combat warships, and multiple shore tours in Washington, D.C.
Media Contact: Kristen Barnfield, kbarnfield@easterseals.com

Tiger Woods' Prenup Cheating Clause
Brad LaMorgese
Family Law Attorney
McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing L.L.P. in Dallas
"If the reports of a reconciliation between pro golfer Tiger Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren are true, it would represent a rare instance where divorced spouses decide to remarry. Even rarer, though, is a clause in the couple's rumored prenuptial agreement that calls for Woods to pay Nordegren $350 million if he is unfaithful. However, the basic goal of a prenuptial agreement is to minimize litigation by setting out simple divorce terms. If you include a 'cheating clause' in the agreement, then you're likely going to face additional litigation as you work to prove that the spouse was unfaithful, which defeats the primary goal of having a prenuptial agreement in the first place."
Media Contact: Dave Moore, dave@androvett.com

Ten Rules for Pharmaceutical Compliance
Craig Wylie
Life sciences and healthcare industry expert
PA Consulting Group
Craig Wylie, life sciences and healthcare industry expert at PA Consulting Group, notes that the pharmaceutical industry is overloaded with regulatory documents, and proposes an effective architecture model to drive compliance. Once the architecture is clearly defined, it's important that the documents themselves should be easy to use and lead to compliance. "Compliance is achieved through simplicity and clarity, not complexity or extensive detail," he says. Craig has 10 rules to guide the creation and management of these controlling documents, including: 1) Be outcome-oriented; 2) Make processes role-based, not job-title-based; 3) Manage all regulated documents in the same repository; 4) Don't aim for perfection; use a risk-based model; 5) Manage local variations locally; 6) Ensure vital training is proportionate to the level of involvement.
Media Contact: Carrie Gray, carrie.gray@paconsulting.com

Robust MedTech Products Can Be Created by Breaking Down Company Barriers
Jennifer Vondran
Life sciences and healthcare industry expert
PA Consulting Group
"Although new product pipelines are the lifeblood of a medtech company, organizational hierarchy and silos often restrict individuals who want to contribute to innovation, and new technology products from the ground up are often blocked by internal company barriers. To sustain a robust product pipeline, cross-functional interaction and collaboration is imperative; product developers should be interacting freely with marketing, regulatory, consumer insights and manufacturing teams. Commercial success relies on strategic thinking, planning and mobilizing, and it can start with anyone – from the CxO down to the fresh-out-of-school new hire. Company leaders need to promote innovation and creativity and empower every stakeholder in the organization to break down barriers. The next generation devices, new indications for use, and new markets and patient populations all begin with teams who work together effectively."
Media Contact: Carrie Gray, carrie.gray@paconsulting.com

MEDIA JOBS:

Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: http://bit.ly/pncjobboard

  • Investigative Reporter – KVOA-TV (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Reporter – WCCO-TV (Minneapolis)
  • Newsroom Assistant – Tribune Company (Sacramento, Calif.)

See more listings here.

OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES:

Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com

  • MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM: GIVE IT A SHOT! At a recent Contently Freelancer Forum Meetup, multimedia journalist Jay Irani, founder and CEO of Jini Productions, discussed how writers can make the jump into multimedia journalism: http://bit.ly/VWYvRn  
  • TRENDS IN MEDIA – FROM TRADITIONAL TO SOCIAL. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, ProfNet hosted a Twitter chat featuring Brett Simon, media relations manager at PR Newswire. Simon discussed how journalists today use social media, the pros and cons that come along with it, and how social has actually become the new traditional: http://bit.ly/WVBOd9  
  • READ THIS BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK. According to an article in The Freelance Strategist, 30 percent of all books sell less than 100 copies. That's a lot of disappointed authors. To illustrate the uphill battle authors face, the website provided a neat infographic about the U.S. publishing industry: http://bit.ly/10Ux67E

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