Blog Profiles: CSR Blogs

CSR Blogs We Love

CSR Blogs We Love

When I took on corporate social responsibility as a profile subject this week, I freely admit, I wasn’t prepared for this much awesomeness.

I feel like I arrived to this party kind of late.

Terms like CSR, social enterprise, and sustainability are carving new rules into the business landscape. We’re literally working toward a better world.

So I did a little homework and found some of the players.

Philanthropist Susan McPherson believes business can be a force for good. She hosts a bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and wrote this awesome piece for Forbes – Through the Eyes of the Experts: A Look Ahead at Corporate Responsibility in 2014.

During a recent #CSRChat, I uncovered a bunch of gems, including Dell’s impressive corporate responsibility report and apparel company Brandix weaving its business into the community by empowering its female workforce and transforming the communities where its employees live and work.

Then I found some great blogs.

SustMeme is the work of sustainable futurist, speaker, and journalist Jim McClelland.

“As a sustainable futurist, particular topics of interest include: Systemics, swarm theory, semiotics, ‘greenwash’, CSR, living roofs and walls, etheco design and future cities,” he writes on his blog.

McClelland also curates SustMeme Magazine, which covers daily sustainability stories on economics, the environment, and social equity.

I really appreciate McClelland’s writing.

A couple of posts that caught my eye include Clean + green, in black + white, where McClelland links to a number of his journalism pieces published in the press (these include The Future is Unbuilt and Supply Chain Delivers Retail Revolution, both for Raconteur), and Workplace Wellbeing: Revolution of the Mind.

Follow @SustMeme on Twitter.

Realized Worth aims to engage employees in corporate citizenship programs, CSR, and sustainability.

This blog is chock-full of great information.

A couple of interesting posts include Global Pro Bono – What’s it Worth? (Parts 1 and 2), and Motivating Individuals to Commit to Corporate Volunteering.

“Companies are adding volunteering programs as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy,” the latter post says. “But, in order for a volunteer program to succeed companies need to learn what factors influence corporate volunteering, such as motivation and role identity.”

Follow @RealizedWorth on Twitter.

Triple Pundit is a new media company for “highly conscious business leaders” with a triple bottom line: People, planet, and profit.

Triple Pundit is a force to be reckoned with. Its posts are hard-hitting and informative.

Top categories feature everything from carbon trading and investment & markets to sustainable marketing and impact entrepreneurs.

I enjoyed a number of posts, including White House Launches $10B Rural Infrastructure Fund, The A-Z of Unusual Renewable Energy Sources, and Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products.

“We have grown to become one of the world’s most well-read websites on ethical, sustainable and profitable business with over 350,000 unique monthly readers,” the blog says.

Follow @triplepundit on Twitter.

Frederic Page’s The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it is a blog about “training and development, technology, business, B2B sales, sustainability and a little bit about my life too.”

I found interesting this post on 10 Tips to Make You More Powerful at Work.

Bay Area-based Page also tweets quite a bit of good content, including The Guardian’s article EU agrees to improve energy efficiency 30 percent by 2030 and this piece from Mark Hedges on Responsible Business Matters – ‘Responsible Business’ is relevant for all business! Here’s how and why …

Follow @CarbonImpact on Twitter.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for the blog profile topics? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for CSR news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that news feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She would like to thank McPherson for hosting the important and informative #CSRChat – what a cool community. Follow her @cpcube.

Did You See That Press Release? Dutch Take Over MH17 Investigation, Microsoft Restructures, Americans Like Italy

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with every one of them. Here are some of our favorite releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Source: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Dutch Safety Board Heads Investigation Into Crash of MH17

The Dutch Safety Board took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine Tuesday evening. The two black boxes have since arrived in the United Kingdom, where they currently are being read out and analyzed by a team of international specialists.

The on-site investigation in Ukraine is in full swing. Although investigators still do not have safe access to the crash site, work to gather and analyze data from various sources is underway in both Kiev and the Netherlands. See the full release to learn more.

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Microsoft Announces Steps to Simplify Organization and Align Devices Strategy

Microsoft Corp. announced July 17 a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy.

These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. See the full release to learn more.

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The Knot and Mashable Reveal New Digital Wedding Trends

TheKnot.com and Mashable released the results of their #SocialWeddingSurvey, a co-branded social media and wedding planning survey. Compared with the 2012 #SocialWeddingSurvey, these results highlight a significant change in how couples are leveraging social media—or choosing to unplug—for their day. See the full release to learn more.

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Source: AP Photo

Source: AP Photo

Gelato, Trevi Fountain, and the Duomo – Italy Is the Country Americans Would Choose for a Vacation if Cost Was Not a Factor

It’s the dream many Americans have — to travel to another country for a vacation without worrying about the cost. Would you sit on the beaches in South America? Would you travel the historical roads in Europe? Or would it be an Asian adventure?

When American adults were asked where they would choose, if they could spend a vacation in any country in the world outside of the U.S. and not have to worry about cost, the country named most often — for the third time in a row — was Italy.

In fact, Italy has been a top pick for Americans for some time — it has ranked as either the first or second choice for the past 10 times this question has been asked. See the full release to learn what other countries made the list.

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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. Increased in June

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.3 percent in June to 102.2 (2004 = 100), following a 0.7 percent increase in May, and a 0.3 percent increase in April.

“Broad-based increases in the LEI over the last six months signal an economy that is expanding in the near term and may even somewhat accelerate in the second half,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist with the Conference Board. “Housing permits, the weakest indicator during this period, reflects some risk to this improving outlook. But favorable financial conditions, generally positive trends in the labor markets and the outlook for new orders in manufacturing have offset the housing market weakness over the past six months.” See the full release to learn more.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

Around the Wire: TIME Redesign Lowers Bounce Rate, Reddit Launches Liveblogs, Usefulness Reigns

Welcome to the latest installment of Around the Wire, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging, and freelancing news from the past week.

1. Time.com’s Bounce Rate Down Since Adopting Infinite Scroll; Design Strategy Gains Momentum with Major News Sites (Poynter)

Infinite or continuous scrolling, when a website transitions through content without requiring readers to click through pages, has recently been gaining popularity with major news sites.

Time.com, NBCNews.com, and LATimes.com all underwent site redesigns this year that adopted this design strategy, and the results are in. See how Time.com’s engagement has changed since moving to continuous scrolling.

2. Why Digital Publishers Want to be in the Magazine Business (Digiday)

While Time, Cosmo, and other print magazines focus on their online presence with site redesigns, digital publishers like Yahoo, Say Media, and Flipboard are looking to move into the magazine business with their content and highly visual and premium-priced advertising.

3. Reddit Live is Now Official, Lets Anyone Create Their Own Breaking News Live Blog (The Next Web)

Reddit officially launched on Thursday its live-blogging platform Reddit Live. During its “semi-open beta” only Reddit employees could create live streams or authorize users to contribute. Now, anyone can use Reddit Live.

The Next Web reports Reddit Live’s ability to automatically update in real-time with embeddable tweets and photos, combined with Reddit’s large user base,  sets the site up to become the default for user-created live blogs.

4. The Absolute Worst Cliche Online Today  (The Washington Post)

“All you need to know.” It’s a crutch that insinuates itself into the headlines and ledes of inexperienced writers and major media alike. Author Eve Fairbanks argues on the Post that it’s not just a lazy writing cliche, but also bad for journalism.

5. Content Isn’t King … Usefulness Is (Problogger)

Blogging used to be called king. Then, content. Then, community. Problogger’s Darren Rowse writes, “The arguments for all of these things being ‘king’ are good … but they all kind of miss the point in my opinion.” Instead, bloggers, content creators, and online community managers need to adopt the mantra that “Usefulness is king.”

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Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager with PR Newswire for Journalists. Follow her at @ADHicken for tweets about the media, comic books, and her love of Cleveland.

Grammar Hammer: Punctuation Saves Lives, Part I

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In English grammar, there are 14 different punctuation marks that I think of as the “primary” punctuation marks – the period, comma, question mark, exclamation point, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, parentheses, brackets, braces, ellipses, quotation marks, and apostrophes.

These are the marks that help us with sentence structure, help us clarify meaning, and distinguish between different sets of ideas.

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Putting all of these into smaller groups, we can look at them like this:

The Full Stop – the period, question mark, and exclamation mark

All three of these punctuation marks indicate the end of the sentence. Periods end declarative sentences. Do I really need to explain when to use a question mark? Exclamation points should be self-explanatory!

The Pause – the comma, semicolon, and colon

The comma was rated as the punctuation mark you were most grateful for according to Grammarly back in 2012. I covered a few common mistakes people make with commas in this post “A Comment About Commas” and later in this post “Comma Drama.”

My favorite examples:

  • Let’s eat Grandma!
  • Cathy finds inspiration in cooking her family and her cats.

The semicolon continues to be the punctuation mark that befuddles people the most. To put it simply, semicolons separate independent clauses that are related to each other, but could stand on their own if you wanted them to.

You use colons before a list or an explanation. Look forward to a more in depth explanation on colons in a future post.

Connections and Breaks – the dash and hyphen

Dashes come in two forms: the en dash (-) and the em dash (–). En dashes are used to connect numbers or connect elements of a compound adjective (Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States from 1861-1865).

An em dash (so-called because the size of the dash is about the size of the letter M) can be used to separate clauses, introduce a phrase for added emphasis, or what I’m most guilty of – indicate a break in thought or sentence structure.

Hyphens create compound words, particularly modifiers (“She was a well-known cook.”). Hyphens are also used in prefixes (“I wonder if they had any kind of pre-nuptial agreement?”).

Next week, we’ll conclude with a quick overview of brackets, parentheses, braces, ellipses, quotation marks, and apostrophes.

Have a grammar rule you’d like me to explore? Drop me a line at catherine.spicer@prnewswire.com.

A version of this post originally appeared on PR Newswire’s Beyond PR blogAuthor Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire and has never been inspired to cook her family or her cats.

How to Build Your Travel Blog’s Brand: Tips from the #LakeErieLove Blogger Tour

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Experiencing exotic cuisine and cultures, backpacking through countries you’ve only read about, hang gliding across a beautiful vista with your trusty GoPro.

Being a travel blogger sounds like a permanent vacation, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the means to bankroll full-time travel.  If you’re considering taking a cliff dive into travel blogging, you need to prepare yourself. The notion of being a travel blogger is alluring, but the reality entails much more work than deciding what to pack.

During the recent #LakeErieLove blogger tour, Midwest travel bloggers had a chance to learn from two bloggers whose journeys led to blogging success.

On a trip to Thailand in 2005, Matthew Kepnes met a group of backpackers who  drastically altered his path in life. Just as they showed him he didn’t need to be rich or tied to an office job to travel the world, Nomadic Matt shows readers how to travel without spending a lot of money based on his own experiences.

For bloggers starting out and building their audience, Kepnes offered this piece of advice: “Find a focus. There are people out there that will find your blog.”

The last decade has seen peaks in travel blogging’s popularity first in 2008, then 2010, explained Kepnes.  When he started, he had the luxury of being “the budget guy” because there were fewer travel bloggers out there. If he was starting out now, he admitted, he probably couldn’t do that.

Because of the large number of travel bloggers, it’s essential to drill down and find a very specific niche. If you don’t have an audience, generally writing about how to save money when traveling isn’t going to be enough to distinguish your blog from other budget travel bloggers.

We’ve talked about this before on Beyond Bylines — take time in your blog planning to consider what you are passionate about and what makes you unique. These are the first steps to finding your niche.

There are many benefits to doing this. It’s easier to demonstrate authority on one topic rather than spread yourself thin over multiple ones.  And both your readers and Google are looking for authority. Sticking with a consistent focus also means readers interested in that topic are more likely to subscribe and return time and again.

Once you find your focus, said Kepnes, build your expertise. Get out there and travel, write about what you did right and what you did wrong. The lessons you learn and experience you gain make you a resource for other travelers researching your niche.

As you continue blogging, you’ll want — and need — to refocus your content to stay relevant and keep growing. One way to do this is to consider the audience you’ve built. Look at your most popular posts and the comments readers left. Or survey your readers on social media and your blog. Why do they travel? What challenges do they face while traveling? What keeps them from traveling more?

Once you answer these questions, ask yourself whether your blog posts are in line with your readers’ interests and needs. Is there anything else you can do to help them?

You can’t settle into a routine with your blog and understanding what drives your readers helps you identify how to improve.

Focus is similarly essential to your social media choices, says A Dangerous Business’ Amanda Williams.  Although the number of social media networks continues to grow, your free time for maintaining your social media presence does not.

Instead of promoting your blog on every social media network (and failing to promote it well), decide the platforms on which you’ll focus.

There are two things to consider when deciding on platforms: Where does your audience live and do you personally enjoy/easily use the platform?

Research Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Quora, and other networks. If there aren’t many travelers talking about your niche or you’ve tried out a site and find it demands too much of your time with little return, consider a different one.

There are editorial calendars and scheduling tools like Buffer that make social media easier to use; however, it’s OK to cut loose from one particular network when it’s not working and focus your efforts on another.

When it comes to the type of content you post on social media, Williams said, remember that your audience wants to know who you are.

Promote your blog posts on social media, but let your personality shine through and share what you’re reading, doing, and thinking.

On A Dangerous Business, Williams’ goal is to demonstrate that “traveling (and especially traveling as a woman) doesn’t have to be scary, lonely, or out of anybody’s reach.” She tweets others’ blog posts, asks questions about people’s travel preferences, and posts photos to connect with her audience. The photos that attract the most engagement feature inspirational travel quotes, food and drinks, and herself.

Williams’ final piece of advice: Don’t forget to network with other travel bloggers and brands on social media.

Make time to participate in one Twitter chat each week, such as #TNI, #tourismchat, #expediachat, or #passionpassort. Other hashtag topics to participate in include #frifotos, #ttot, and #travelwriting.  Many of these hashtags also are popular on Instagram.

If you’re on Google+ or Facebook, research communities and groups that are related to your niche. Williams mentioned Travel Blog Chronicles as a great place to share your posts, while Midwest Travel Talk and Midwest Travel Bloggers specifically focus on bloggers in the Midwest.

Beginner travel bloggers can find more travel blogging resources on Kepnes’ and Williams’ sites, such as Williams’ Travel Blogging 101 course and Kepnes’ book How to Build a Travel Blog.

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Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager with PR Newswire. In her spare time, she blogs on Clue Into Cleveland about her travels around Northeast Ohio. Follow her at @ADHicken for tweets about the media, comic books, and her love of Cleveland.

Blog Profiles: Coffee Blogs

Coffee Blogs We Love

Coffee Blogs We Love

Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and blogging about the space. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell Christine why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.

Dear everyone, I’m kind of a coffee snob.

This didn’t happen overnight, and I’ve got lots of supporting material to make my case. I even keep a detailed coffee journal with my own star-rating system.

Throughout the DC area, I’ve got my local favorites. If you’re in Georgetown, hit up Baked & Wired (but be prepared to stand in line for either the bakery or the coffee shop). Also in the District, I’ve become fond of Big Bear Café and Tryst. If you’re visiting Alexandria, Va., my favorite spot is Killer E.S.P. in Old Town (order the pancake batter pie with chocolate, bacon, and blueberries. Trust me.) You also might find me in Buzz Bakery or M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters in Del Ray.

Each of these shops offer really wonderful coffee – beans that I’ve begun to collect and store in my secret stash. And, during a recent trip to Oahu, I met some very smooth coffee and returned with the Ali’i Blend from Kalapawai Market in Kailua.

So let’s go over some awesome coffee blogs I’ve uncovered along the way.

FRSHGRND is on a mission to make easier the search for good coffee.

It’s written and managed by cultural analyst and ethnographer Aaron Frey, who already has trekked through parts of Asia, Europe, and the US for great coffee. You even can check out his list of best cafes in the world.

“I started in Korea, moved to Sweden, and now I’m in New York, hunting for the best, and sharing the journey with you here,” Frey says on FRSHGRND.

He’s also taken the conversation to Facebook, where Frey encourages “crowdsourced caffeination for lovers of good experiences and good coffee.” You freely can post coffee recommendations or questions there.

Some of the FRSHGRND posts that caught my eye include Italian astronaut to bring espresso machine into orbit and I really enjoyed this piece, which links to an article by Smithsonian Magazine on Instant Coffee Past and Present.

Follow @FRSHGRND on Twitter.

I Love Coffee is a Cape Town-based “platform dedicated to coffee culture.”

This blog really inspires me to explore the incredible coffee to be had in South Africa.

“It is a source of caffeinated inspiration fuelled by the desire to find the best coffee experiences out there while meeting and introducing you to the people who make it all possible as well as the steamy aficionados on the other side of the cup,” the blog says.

The site is full of awesome art and photography. And music: Take a listen to The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, which makes it into a recent post: The Coffee Sweet Symphony.

I also really like I Love Coffee’s rating system. It recently awarded an 8.7 to Café Frank in Cape Town, which is reported to be “always consistently good.” And Red Sofa, a little gem in Vredehoek, earned an 8 (It’s also got a signature roast chicken.).

Follow @ilovecoffeeblog on Twitter.

Sprudge presents coffee news and culture from its home base in Portland, Ore.

Co-founded by Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelmanand, it now features an impressive list of coffee writers and contributors.

So what’s a “sprudge?”

“Sprudge is a made-up word for the coffee crumbs, blotches and splats present on a barista’s clothing and shoes after a long shift on bar,” the blog says. “We’ll use it in a sentence: “Listen, you finish dividing up the tips, I gotta go get this sprudge off my shoes. ‘Sprudge’ is also a portmanteau of the words ‘espresso’ and ‘Drudge.’”

A couple of posts caught my eye on Sprudge, including In Washington, DC, The Wydown Goes From Pop-Up to Permanent and Melt Down: The Many Frozen Coffee Treats of Bubby’s NYC.

Then there’s this fun post: 11 Reasons to Date A Coffee Roaster. Excellent. Who wouldn’t want to date a person who smelled like coffee and always brought home free coffee?

Follow @sprudge on Twitter.

Birds of Unusual Vitality makes me appreciate the work that goes into every cup I brew.

This is a fascinating site. It’s run by writer and photographer Eileen P. Kenny.

“Specialty coffee is an industry filled with fascinating people from every corner of the world and every background you can imagine,” Kenny writes on the blog. “The aim of Birds of Unusual Vitality is to shine a light on these baristas, roasters, farmers, pickers, workers, and everyone involved in the process of coffee production, from start to finish. I want the passion for great coffee and the pursuit of quality and sustainability to spread beyond those who work in coffee, and I think that getting an insight into the people who have that passion is a great place to start.”

I love a good story, and Birds of Unusual Vitality is filled with them. These stories even have been made into two books – Volume 1 and Volume 2.

I especially enjoyed this fascinating read on Simran Sethi, journalist and environmentalist whose “research into the agricultural biodiversity in our food systems—and the gradual deterioration thereof—led her to look into coffee, and to further investigate the complex coffee production chain and its beginnings.”

Follow @eileenpk on Twitter.

Also last year, we covered a couple of excellent coffee blogs. Read up on Dear Coffee, I Love You and Smdlr.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for the blog profile topics?  Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for beverage news (hey, even coffee!), let us know. We’re happy to customize that news feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She is mildly caffeinated and ready for what this day has to offer. Follow her @cpcube.

Did You See That Press Release? Best Hospitals, Favorite Athletes and Naked Beachgoers

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with all of them. Here are some of our favorite releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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Source: AP Photo/Pat Carter

Source: AP Photo/Pat Carter

2014 Expedia Flip Flop Report Examines Beach Behavior Worldwide: Germany and Austrian Beachgoers Outstrip World in Beach Nudity

Expedia.com released on July 14 the results of the 2014 Expedia Flip Flop Report, an annual study of behavior and preferences among beachgoers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand.

The study examines the most prevalent joys and anxieties among beachgoers worldwide, including comfort with public nudity, opinions of speedo-style swimwear, and fear of sharks.

For the third year running, Germans were the likeliest to sunbathe fully nude at the beach. However, this year – for the first time – Austrians tied their German peers in that regard. Twenty-eight percent of German and Austrian beachgoers report having spent a day at the beach in the buff. See the full study to learn more.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014-15 Best Hospitals Rankings

On July 15, U.S. News & World Report released the 25th edition of the annual Best Hospitals rankings, freely available at usnews.com. Best Hospitals includes key information on nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide.

For the first time, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., claimed the No. 1 spot on the Honor Roll, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is No. 1 in cancer, and the Cleveland Clinic is first in cardiology and heart surgery.  See the full release to learn what other hospitals made the list.

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LeBron James; Source: AP

Source: AP Photo

James Overtakes Jordan: LeBron James is America’s New Favorite Sports Star This Year While Michael Jordan Drops to No. 2

The battle for No. 1 continues with a change on top. Although we may not know how LeBron James and Michael Jordan would compare on the basketball court, James overthrows Jordan this year for the title of America’s Favorite Sports Star. Last year, the reverse was true and Jordan was No. 1 while James was No. 2. See the full release to learn who else is moving up and down on the list.

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Reynolds American to Acquire Lorillard in Transaction Valued at $27.4B

Reynolds American Inc., a leading tobacco products company and the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard Inc., the third largest tobacco company in the U.S. and maker of Newport cigarettes, announced July 15 that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which RAI has agreed to acquire Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4 billion, including the assumption of net debt. See the full release to learn more about the deal.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Unveils Tracklist for NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 51

The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, is proud to announce all of the major hits selected for NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 51, to be released Aug. 5. Also released that day is NOW That’s What I Call Party Anthems 2.

Both new titles will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers. Vol. 51 features 16 major current chart hits from artists, including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea), MAGIC!, Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX), MKTO, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull (featuring G.R.L.), Paramore, Demi Lovato (featuring Cher Lloyd), Sia, Kongos, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rixton, Sam Smith, Idina Menzel, and Luke Bryan, plus five free “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview tracks. See the full release to learn more.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.