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Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

By PATRICIA MAZZEI

A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

By PATRICIA MAZZEI

A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

By PATRICIA MAZZEI

A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

Cargo Plane Crashes in Iran, Killing at Least 15

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Fire engulfed the 39-year-old aircraft when it hit a residential area northwest of Tehran. Under sanctions, Iran has struggled to maintain its aging air fleet.

Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Plane Is Found

By MIKE IVES and MUKTITA SUHARTONO

Data from the recorder could provide further insight into the steps taken by the pilots before the plane crashed into the Java Sea in October.

Could a Drone Disruption Like Gatwick’s Happen at a U.S. Airport?

By MATT STEVENS and ANDREW R. CHOW

Two drones that floated over Gatwick Airport in England caused chaos. Technology companies and the government are working to prevent a similar episode from happening in the U.S.

Biofuels and electromobility are key in Portugal’s transport decarbonisation

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Portugal will use both electromobility and biofuels to decarbonise its transport sector by 2050, José Mendes, Portuguese First Secretary of State for Mobility - Environment and Energy Transition, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

The Week in Tech: Fears of the Supply Chain in China

By PAUL MOZUR

For a week now, people have been buzzing about an article that sounded as if it had come from a high-tech spy thriller. Does it point to larger problems?

Jetstar newsroom allows airline to centralize media releases and blog posts

The triple winner of ‘Best Low-Cost Airline of the Year’ award launched its online newsroom mid 2014 as a central hub for its media releases and blog posts.

Frontier Airlines' newsroom just got an upgrade

Frontier is an airline with over 300 daily flights to over 80 destinations in the US, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Like many other PR departments, the folks at the Denver based airline spent many hours servicing media inquiries manually as journalists found it difficult to find the digital assets and press releases from its native newsroom archives.

The airline had already been pushing for a more friendly destination for their media contacts for some time, as they felt they needed to service the media more efficiently. So, a main requirement for the newsroom project was that it could act as a ‘24/7 digital PR assistant.’ Hosting all press releases, provide a categorized media assets library, easy access to downloadable content and be searchable.

PressPage’s features, functionality and user friendly workflow stood out immediately. The newsroom’s design and navigation exactly matches that of the main corporate site, allowing for a seamless visitor experience.

Frontier’s first newsroom release was an enormous success as over 18,000 unique visitors read the story on their newsroom.

Miami International Airport lands major industry comms award with newsroom

Through September 2017, Miami International Airport was dealing with Hurricane Irma, which severely affected the airport's operations. The PR and communications team not only worked overtime to timely inform travellers, affected families, employees, partners and a multitude of other audiences of the disruption and consequences, they also successfully combated fake news concerning their airfield being flooded.

The recognition of Miami International Airport was long due even before it responded to the Irma crisis. In early September, the airport was named “Best Freighter Hub” in the world at the Freighters World Conference Awards, in recognition of its excellence in the global air cargo sector over the past year.

And in October, the airfield won two more awards in recognition of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and conserve natural resources from the Florida Airports Council Specialty Conference in Orlando. In all three achievements, the PR and communications team played a role in highlighting the efforts and later promoting the recognition of the airport’s outstanding work.

Now, it is the PR and communications team’s turn to celebrate at Miami International Airport.

The Peggy G. Hereford Award

The ACI-NA is the industry's main association whose member airports cater to more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. On November 7, Miami International Airport was named the recipient of the Peggy G. Hereford award, the conference's top accolade. The Peggy G. Hereford Award is given to honor creativity, effectiveness in reaching audiences with a message, and the overall scope of an airport’s effort in marketing and public relations. This award is regarded throughout the airport industry as the highest honor an airport can earn for marketing and communications excellence.

The award recognizes overall MIA's creativity in communicating the airports message, effectiveness in connecting with audiences, and the overall scope of the airports effort in marketing and public relations.

The Magnetic effects of a newsroom

MIA launched their revamped social newsroom in March of 2016 switching from a native newsroom -driven by their website’s standard CMS- to PressPage, a dedicated newsroom solution for digital PR and media relations. Within 12 months, their number of unique monthly newsroom visitors grew by over 3,300%. Part of the success has to do with the airport's PR and communications team acknowledging that the media landscape has changed tremendously and embracing this change as part of their strategy.

In the past, PR departments of many organizations viewed traditional media outlets as the only way to talk to their audience. Today, social media allows organizations to directly communicate with their audiences on issues that do not interest the mainstream media so much, but are interesting and relevant for many.

Director of PR & Digital Marketing, Dickie Davis, who last year won ACI-NA's Bushelman Legacy Award, is clear about the path the airport's communication strategy is taking. "In 2011 MIA won the same award. Since then we have been on a trajectory of excellence and realize, like any other publisher, we have to tell our own story."

But the job is not close to being done, Davis assures. Miami international -who by the way handle all of their creative comms processes, from concepting, drawing up collateral and digital productions completely in house- is gearing up for more digital action in the form of video, infographics and other types of digital animations. This surely bringing more value to their newsroom.

Media relations

According to Greg Chin, the airport's Communications Director and main media relations contact, journalists appreciate the social newsroom centric approach.

For MIA, the digital media release format on the newsroom allows them to deconstruct their news releases into multiple content sections (copy, quotes, images, videos, infographics, ...) so that as a publisher, it is facilitating the journalist's process of cherry picking whatever useful information they need to assemble coverage.

And the newsroom is a winner

The category "Websites," was won for the launch of a sleek, easy-to-read News Room site that better showcased the airport’s press releases and marketing material, offered seamless integration for social media sharing and search engine optimization (SEO), and generated an exponential increase in online visitor traffic and engagement.

 

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