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  • Finding Deals on St. Patrick's Day
  • The Answer to Mass Shootings


  • Digital Editor, Mansion – The Wall Street Journal (NY)
  • Social Media Manager – South China Morning Post (NY)
  • Metro Editor – The Seattle Times (WA)


  • Be a Better Storyteller: 7 Public Speaking Tips You Can Apply to Your Writing
  • Female Journalists Speak: How to Make It as a Woman in the Media Business
  • Blog Profiles: Hipster Blogs


Finding Deals on St. Patrick's Day
Natasha Rachel Smith
Chief Communications Officer, Personal Finance Expert
"With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Saturday, you're more likely to see Americans attending celebrations such as parades, parties and more. Whether you plan to purchase apparel, cooking supplies or decorations, take advantage of cashback and coupons on purchases to help improve your budget this Irish holiday."
Based in New Jersey, Smith is available to discuss the results of's St. Patrick's Day survey, which found 67% of Americans will celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year and 63% aim to spend $1-$100 on holiday celebrations. The survey also found wearing green is the most popular Irish holiday tradition and Americans prefer to shop at mass-market retailers for their holiday goods.
Contact: Chelsea Hudson,

The Answer to Mass Shootings
Kenny Vaughan
Founder and CEO
Shields of Strength
"The answer to mass shootings is to open our society, our schools, our souls to the love of Jesus. The crux of mass shootings and shooter suicides is found where fear and love are born, fed and do battle in our souls, our schools, our society. Jesus and the love of Jesus is not a problem to be kept out of our schools, our society, our souls -- but the only answer to the killings. The truth is that fear, fully developed, delights in evil. It always has and always will. That's what we are seeing in our society today, in the school shootings, the mass slayings across the country."
Based in Texas, Vaughan is the author of "Shields of Strength: One Man's Victory Over Fear and What It Has Meant for America" (Brown Books, 2010). The release of his second book on love and fear is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2018 by Brown Books.
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  • Digital Editor, Mansion – The Wall Street Journal (NY)
  • Social Media Manager – South China Morning Post (NY)
  • Metro Editor – The Seattle Times (WA)


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  • BE A BETTER STORYTELLER: 7 PUBLIC SPEAKING TIPS YOU CAN APPLY TO YOUR WRITING. Hitting the publish button on your latest written piece can be stressful. You're putting your voice out into the world. And while your audience can't look you in the eye, they can laser in on your every word. Here are some tips to apply public speaking best practices in your writing:
  • FEMALE JOURNALISTS SPEAK: HOW TO MAKE IT AS A WOMAN IN THE MEDIA BUSINESS. In recent months, females have proliferated the news. From national marches advocating for human rights to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, women are making their voices heard. Journalists are also speaking up about harassment in the newsroom and the gender pay gap, forcing media organizations to shine a light on internal operations. Recently, Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., hosted a timely talk called "Work in Progress: Women in Media," where three women journalists shared their take on current events. Here are a few takeaways for women entering the publishing field:
  • BLOG PROFILES: HIPSTER BLOGS. Each week, PR Newswire's Audience Relations team selects an industry/subject and profiles a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. This week, they look at a few hipster blogs:

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