National / International News

The U.S. Finally Gets Past Pre-Recession Jobs Total

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 04:15

With today's monthly jobs report meeting predictions, the U.S. has surpassed the number of jobs before 2008. But the recovery has been slow and long, economists say.

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Yemen sinking 'worst this year' - UN

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 04:01
The UN reports the deaths of 62 people off the coast of Yemen in what it says is the worst sinking incident in the region this year.

Move to boost Mandarin students

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:55
The number of students in England learning Mandarin could double by 2019, says Education Minister Elizabeth Truss.

Pakistan TV channel ordered off air

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:53
Pakistani regulators order one of the country's top TV channels off air after it is accused of maligning the powerful ISI intelligence agency.

Man arrested over Canada shootings

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:51
Canadian police arrest a man suspected of killing three policemen and wounding two in Moncton, New Brunswick, after a day-long manhunt.

VIDEO: Why is Mumbai's new airport on hold?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:46
Sameer Hashmi talks to the villagers who are refusing to give up their land for a new airport in Mumbai, until their demands are met.

I'm not in race for EU job - Lagarde

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:40
IMF chief Christine Lagarde appears to rule herself out of the race to be the next president of the European Commission.

'World-changing' D-Day remembered

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:39
France's president leads the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations, paying tribute to those who died on a day that "changed the world".

Boyfriend admits hairdresser murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:18
The ex-boyfriend of a hairdresser stabbed to death while working at a salon admits her murder.

Queen 'used to get Tory message out'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:15
Labour makes an official complaint about the use of Tory slogans in government statements including the Queen's Speech.

Six charged in care home abuse case

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:14
Six men are charged with a total of 27 serious sexual assault charges in an investigation into historical abuse in children's homes.

IMF warns UK over housing risk

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:12
The International Monetary Fund warns the UK government that accelerating house prices and low productivity pose the greatest threat to the UK's economic recovery.

Police question Islam row pastor

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:11
North Belfast pastor James McConnell who called Islam "heathen" and "satanic" is questioned by police on Friday.

Afghan candidate survives bombing

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:09
The front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, survives a deadly suicide bomb attack on his convoy in Kabul.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:07
The political week up to 6 June is reviewed in one minute by Adam Fleming, looking back over the headlines.

Coe fails to rule out BBC Trust job

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:05
Lord Coe tells BBC 5 Live he has "some thinking to do" about whether to apply for the job as chairman of the BBC Trust.

In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 03:02

The air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures as the NBA Finals began.

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Man held over Irish woman's killing

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:50
A man is arrested following the killing of an Irish woman, who was found dead in a flat in Greece.

The strategy behind Hillary Clinton's book release

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:42

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” hits store shelves on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of tell-alls by former members of the Obama administration, including Robert Gates’s “Duty” and Timothy Geithner’s “Stress Test.”

You’d think memoirs like these could sell themselves. Well, think again, says Jim Milliot, editorial director at Publisher’s Weekly.

“You could say it is one of the great ironies of book publishing that the bigger the author, the bigger the publicity campaign,” he notes.

This campaign kicked off on Mother’s Day, with an exclusive excerpt in “Vogue” magazine: Hillary Clinton, reflecting on motherhood. The excerpt was share-able, the idea being each retweet or Facebook like will translate into sales.

“Social media is a big component of all this,” Milliot says.

In fact, “Hard Choices” has its own Twitter account, managed by Simon & Schuster. Plus, there are more excerpts on a website, as well as YouTube videos.

According to Josh Baran, who managed the publicity campaign for “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s bestseller, “You want your message out.”

That kind of message machine can cost millions. We don’t know how much this one is going to cost, because the publisher declined our request for an interview. We do know that the publicity team for a big book starts with what Paul Bogaards calls a “communications blueprint,” which includes “television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, big mouths.”

Bogaards, who manages media relations for Knopf Doubleday, has drawn up blueprints for former Gates’s memoir, and for President Clinton’s autobiography, “My Life.”

Rollouts may be more intricate than ever, but one thing is still true: If a reporter gets ahold of the book early, it can throw all that timing, all that money, and all that planning off track.

Still, Journalists were eager to get their hands on Bill Clinton’s memoir before it was published.

Says Bogaards: “I mean, one had them actually had the gall to call me and say, ‘Hey, can you help me out here?’ I was like, actually no, I cannot help you out.”

Publicists play defense and offense. Leaks aren’t all bad, and sometimes they are done strategically. Politico, for example, got it hands on a chapter from Hillary Clinton’s book early, and yesterday, CBS News, which is one of Simon & Schuster’s corporate siblings, obtained a copy of “Hard Choices.”

So far, these leaks have done what every publisher wants: they ginned up interest, they got people talking, and Simon & Schuster hope, that will lead to buying.

THE ROLLOUT, planned and unplanned

Sunday, May 11

Vogue.com posts “An Exclusive Excerpt from Hillary Clinton's Upcoming Book, ‘Hard Choices’” 

Tuesday, May 27

Simon & Schuster releases Hillary Clinton’s “author’s note

Friday, May 30

A Politico reporter gets her hands on a “much-anticipated chapter” from “Hard Choices” about what transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012

Hillary Clinton meets with booksellers at BookExpo America, in New York City

Wednesday, June 4

“People” publishes Hillary Clinton’s “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill's presidency in January 2001”

Thursday, June 5

CBS News obtains a copy of the book

Monday, June 9

Diane Sawyer, of ABC News, interviews Hillary Clinton during an hour-long, prime-time special

Tuesday, June 10

“Hard Choices” hits store shelves

Hillary Clinton does her first live interview, with Robin Roberts, of ABC News, on “Good Morning America”

She kicks off her book tour at a Barnes & Noble in New York City

Tuesday, June 17

Hillary Clinton sits down with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren of Fox News

The strategy behind Hillary Clinton's book release

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 02:42

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” hits store shelves on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of tell-alls by former members of the Obama administration, including Robert Gates’s “Duty” and Timothy Geithner’s “Stress Test.”

You’d think memoirs like these could sell themselves. Well, think again, says Jim Milliot, editorial director at Publisher’s Weekly.

“You could say it is one of the great ironies of book publishing that the bigger the author, the bigger the publicity campaign,” he notes.

This campaign kicked off on Mother’s Day, with an exclusive excerpt in “Vogue” magazine: Hillary Clinton, reflecting on motherhood. The excerpt was share-able, the idea being each retweet or Facebook like will translate into sales.

“Social media is a big component of all this,” Milliot says.

In fact, “Hard Choices” has its own Twitter account, managed by Simon & Schuster. Plus, there are more excerpts on a website, as well as YouTube videos.

According to Josh Baran, who managed the publicity campaign for “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s bestseller, “You want your message out.”

That kind of message machine can cost millions. We don’t know how much this one is going to cost, because the publisher declined our request for an interview. We do know that the publicity team for a big book starts with what Paul Bogaards calls a “communications blueprint,” which includes “television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, big mouths.”

Bogaards, who manages media relations for Knopf Doubleday, has drawn up blueprints for former Gates’s memoir, and for President Clinton’s autobiography, “My Life.”

Rollouts may be more intricate than ever, but one thing is still true: If a reporter gets ahold of the book early, it can throw all that timing, all that money, and all that planning off track.

Still, Journalists were eager to get their hands on Bill Clinton’s memoir before it was published.

Says Bogaards: “I mean, one had them actually had the gall to call me and say, ‘Hey, can you help me out here?’ I was like, actually no, I cannot help you out.”

Publicists play defense and offense. Leaks aren’t all bad, and sometimes they are done strategically. Politico, for example, got it hands on a chapter from Hillary Clinton’s book early, and yesterday, CBS News, which is one of Simon & Schuster’s corporate siblings, obtained a copy of “Hard Choices.”

So far, these leaks have done what every publisher wants: they ginned up interest, they got people talking, and Simon & Schuster hope, that will lead to buying.

THE ROLLOUT, planned and unplanned

Sunday, May 11

Vogue.com posts “An Exclusive Excerpt from Hillary Clinton's Upcoming Book, ‘Hard Choices’” 

Tuesday, May 27

Simon & Schuster releases Hillary Clinton’s “author’s note

Friday, May 30

A Politico reporter gets her hands on a “much-anticipated chapter” from “Hard Choices” about what transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012

Hillary Clinton meets with booksellers at BookExpo America, in New York City

Wednesday, June 4

“People” publishes Hillary Clinton’s “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill's presidency in January 2001”

Thursday, June 5

CBS News obtains a copy of the book

Monday, June 9

Diane Sawyer, of ABC News, interviews Hillary Clinton during an hour-long, prime-time special

Tuesday, June 10

“Hard Choices” hits store shelves

Hillary Clinton does her first live interview, with Robin Roberts, of ABC News, on “Good Morning America”

She kicks off her book tour at a Barnes & Noble in New York City

Tuesday, June 17

Hillary Clinton sits down with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren of Fox News

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