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Is PR Dropping the Ball? Majority of Reporters Say They Are Unhappy with Press Materials and Lack of Quality Content for Stories

 

Journalists Are Likely to Ignore a Pitch that Contains No Graphics

According to a recent survey, an overwhelming number of journalists and media professionals are unhappy with how they are approached by corporate communications, resulting in working longer hours and increased frustration. The survey, conducted by content distribution and tracking platform ISEBOX.com, revealed that journalists are having to work harder and produce more in order to make a living—but their needs are not being met by most PR professionals or technology solutions.

According to the newly released survey of North American journalists and media professionals, 68% of journalists feel that their job has become more difficult in the last 5 years—which is in stark contrast to the recent technology advancements that were intended to accelerate workflows. Of these new technologies, few have been developed to facilitate mass distribution of content in a way that is easily accessible and centralized for media professionals—resulting in scattered and often inaccessible story-related content.

In spite of these obstacles, survey results show that 52% of journalists are producing at least 5 articles per week, with almost 20% producing over 11 articles per week. Of the articles published, 75% include multimedia content. Of the more than 20 pitches the majority of journalists receive each week, most do not include multimedia content, resulting in journalists spending additional time to track it down themselves.

“There seems to be a major gap between what reporters need, and how corporate communications are providing these needs,” said Salvatore Salpietro, CTO of ISEBOX.com, in a news release. “There is increasing pressure to gain earned media coverage by corporate communications and public relations teams, yet they are still making the process very difficult for media to access content and put together a story by using things like FTP, email, locked-down websites and manual requests—all of these are enthusiasm-killers.”

Regarding delivery of multimedia content to journalists, the most popular method is still via email, in spite of commonplace restrictions on file size attachments, followed by Dropbox and actual physical mailing of digital media, such as USB keys and hard drives. When gathering and collecting content, 80% of reporters expressed frustration in needing to spend more than 30 minutes doing so. Nonetheless, 80% of journalists feel including photos, infographics or video is very important to creating effective and engaging content.

“If a pitch doesn’t contain graphics I can include with my article, it’s hard for me to take it on. Even better if there is a video. I am under strict deadlines to produce at least 5-7 articles a day, and visual content is always required. Wasting hours sourcing and editing a company’s logo or media content to accompany a post is something I literally cannot afford. When a pitch comes with everything attached, no cumbersome downloads, I want to hug that PR rep. And, I’m more likely to pick up on the next release from them, too,” said Karen Fratti, freelance writer and frequent contributor for Mediabistro andHuffington Post.

Source; Bulldog Reporter

MALLcom Announces AdultDVD.com Website Is Up for Sale

Online adult superstore MALLcom has put its AdultDVD.com website up for sale. The company notes that the discount DVD retail site currently generates over six figures in monthly revenue with zero advertising dollars spent. MALLcom is looking for interest from the highest bidder.

“Adult retail has treated me very well over the years, and continues to do so!,” said Jerry Aroni, president of MALLcom Corp. “People are still buying DVDs in droves. We currently ship up to 500 orders a day. Adult toys, condoms, lubes, etc., are also selling better than ever before! After 20 years in business, I’m now looking forward to a couple of years of traveling and enjoying my success with my family.”

MALLcom previously sold its domain Pornstar.com for a hefty sum, and expects that AdultDVD.com will fetch a robust price as well.

AdultDVD.com boasts a database of 450,000 customers that has been growing since its inception in 1998 with practically no advertising costs. Containing the popular keyword “adult” and an original .com suffix, AdultDVD.com is a desirable domain for competitors in the online adult space.

“I appreciate the support from everyone in this industry,” Aroni said. “I know the right company will want to make this purchase.”

Interested parties may contact May Friedman at may@prodeast.com.

Oregon judge: taking photos up girl’s skirt not illegal

An Oregon judge has acquitted a 61-year-old man who admitted taking photographs up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl as she shopped at a Target store in suburban Portland, lawyers in the case said Friday.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield ruled on Thursday that Patrick Buono did not break the law when he surreptitiously took the pictures of the girl in January 2013, said his defense attorney Mark Lawrence.

“He did not deny it and he feels real bad about it too, by the way,” Lawrence said.

The girl did not notice his actions, Lawrence said, but another woman in the store alerted officials and film from surveillance cameras later confirmed Buono’s act.

The practice of “upskirting” has caused problems for prosecutors in other court cases where there are no laws on the books preventing people from taking unauthorized pictures up the skirts of clothed women in public places.

Prosecutors accused Buono of attempting to engage in criminal conduct and charged him with invasion of privacy and attempted encouraging child sex abuse.

Washington County Deputy District Attorney Paul Maloney said the girl, now 14 and testified against Buono in court, was shocked by the incident. He said he was disappointed by the judge’s decision.

“She’s a great kid,” Maloney said. “She’s got a great family and what she did the other day was really brave and I’m proud of her. I think she’s a mature, young girl and she’s doing the best she can with this.”

Lawrence said he filed for an acquittal in the case because there was no Oregon law that Buono had violated.

Maloney said he thinks lawmakers could provide more clarity, “but it was clear what conduct the defendant engaged in.”

Source: MSN

Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Data reveal six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. It’s not as surprising as it sounds

The world is a big place, and cultural gaps are vast. But there are a few things that connect people across borders. Some people argue food is the best glue while others say it’s education. But there’s a new contestant: online porn.

Porn is being made and watched in the Middle East, and millions more are watching it around the planet. In fact, some of the world’s top porn consumers come out of the Middle East. According to data released by Google, six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. Pakistan tops the list at number one, followed by Egypt at number two. Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey come in at numbers four, five, seven and eight, respectively. Pakistan leads the way in porn searches for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes.

According to research put out by PornMD, the terms “creamy squirt,” “blowjob” and even “Kendra Wilkinson” (Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend) appear on the top 10 most-searched terms coming out of countries like Iraq, Syria and Iran. The word “Arab” is the number-one searched porn term in Egypt, Iran and Syria. Some get a little creepier. “Pain” lands at Iraq’s fourth most-searched term, while “father daughter” and “brother sister” come in at numbers four and five for Syria. Both the words “mother” and “mom” appear on Egypt’s top 10 list.

The specifics are representative of a broader change taking place in a society all but defined by extreme “moral” standards. The fact that porn trends within the region can even be tracked is impressive, given that the sale of erotic material is banned in nearly every Arab country except Lebanon and Turkey.

In 2009, Iraq’s government moved ahead with new censorship laws, prohibiting material deemed harmful to the public. Taher Naser al-Hmood, the country’s cultural minister, claimed, “Our Constitution respects freedom of thought and freedom of expression, but that should come with respect for society as a whole, and for moral behavior. It is not easy to balance security and democracy. It is like being a tightrope walker.”

Ahmed Mohammed Raouf, chief engineer for the State Company for Internet Services, told the New York Times, “I don’t want to stop a person from seeing a certain thing, but I also want to protect society.”

More recently, the Saudi Arabian government announced that it had hacked and disabled about 9,000 Twitter accounts associated with the publication of pornography and arrested many of the handles’ owners. The move was organized by the Commission for the Promotion and Prevention of Vice, also known as Haia, the Saudi religious police.

The good news for porn fans in the region is that a lot of these restrictions seem fairly easy to overcome. It’s not uncommon to find vendors lining the streets armed with pornographic videos. Nor is it rare to find young men hanging around popular shopping centers, selling cards to disable Internet blocks.

Meet the Stars

Mia Khalifa, a 21-year-old Muslim American born in Lebanon, has just been voted the “Number 1 Porn Star” on Pornhub, a free website that is the 73rd most popular site on the Internet, according to analytics company Alexa. Khalifa moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. Corey Price, vice president of PornHub, told Buzzfeed that the site has seen more than 750,000 searches for Khalifa since Saturday.

Khalifa plays up her Muslim heritage in her movies, sometimes wearing a hijab and sporting heavy eyeliner to emphasize her “exotic” look. The raw sexuality of Khalifa’s work literally strips away common western stereotypes of Muslim women. In his piece, “In Praise of Vulgarity” Charles Paul Freund argues, “Broad-based culture, popular and vulgar, is far from being a mere distraction or a source of self-absorption. As Islamists have learned, it can function as a bulwark against coercion. More than that, it can even be a means of democratic resort.”

But then there are those in the opposing court. NOW Lebanon’s Juliana Yazbeck wrote, “For someone who has struggled so much to assert their presence as a human being with a working, thinking brain, I cannot deny that I felt a pang of despair when Mia erupted across social media and entertainment news. It never even crossed my mind to think, ‘She doesn’t have the right.’ What did cross my mind was: Really? Of the very few Lebanese women who are making global headlines, it had to be a porn star?”

Yazbeck’s response was fairly mild compared to other more extreme protesters. Many conservative Muslims have targeted Khalifa via Twitter, writing things like, “@miakhalifa You do realize that you’ll be the first person in Hellfire right?” Another user posted a manipulated image of an Isis militant holding Khalifa’s decapitated head.

And she’s not alone. After Sila Sahin, a Turkish-German actress, posed nude for the German edition of Playboy, she received a slew of criticism. Threads on Islamic websites read, “She must pay” and “She needs to be careful.” One user wrote, “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit with my culture.”

Is this a sex problem? Or is it a porn problem? Or is it just another hiccup in the long, thorny path to gender equality? Women are given center-stage in a lot of pornography, after all. Maybe some in the Middle East aren’t interested in seeing that happen. Or maybe they feel that sex should be restricted to a more private and procreative space. Many Muslim states declare that cemented social morals should not be violated. The data out there, however, suggest their public may feel otherwise.

Source: Salon

EXXXOTICA NJ Experiences Record-Setting Weekend

From the moment EXXXOTICA opened its doors for its seventh year in Edison, New Jersey this past weekend in the town named for the man who invented the incandescent bulb, the largest event in the country dedicated to love and sex proved you can reinvent the light bulb.

With overall attendance up 23% from 2013 thanks to a revamped media campaign, the biggest collection yet of adult stars (over 200) and exhibitors (over 110), and an enhanced stage and seminar schedule, EXXXOTICA New Jersey had its best event to date and one of the most successful in the 24-show history of the expo. Organizers wanted to make the last show of 2014 a special one, and with some strategic changes and enhancements, one look around the show floor could tell you that mission was accomplished.

“The response we get from our New Jersey event is nothing short of amazing,” said J. Handy, Director of EXXXOTICA. “We knew it was going to be a big one when the line started forming an hour before doors openedon Friday.”

The New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison had its strongest showing ever of women and couples thanks to its popular “Ladies Free Friday” program, sponsored by Arrangement Finders (http://arrangementfinders.com) program. It was tough to find a parking spot at the convention center Friday night as approximately 6,500 female attendees and thousands more males came to experience EXXXOTICA. The packed floor of exhibitors loved every minute of it as they were selling merchandise as fast as they could put it on display.

Shirley, of Chaturbate (http://chaturbate.com) who has been a sponsor of EXXXOTICA and its annual fan choice awards show The Fanny’s (http://thefannys.com) for the past two years had this to say. “EXXXOTICA has once again outdone themselves! New Jersey was the best place to be, with great vibes, and wall to wall people.”

“EXXXOTICA had an amazing turnout this past weekend in Edison,” echoed ArrangementFinders.com CMO A.J Perkins. “The flow-through activity onto the website surpassed all previous events this year, with it providing a positive return on investment within 24 hours of Ladies Free Friday.”

Saturday and Sunday carried on the same enthusiasm as overall attendance for the days were also an increase from previous years. Many were there to see the largest contingent of stars to ever appear at an EXXXOTICA Expo. All in all, over 200 of the biggest names in adult came to give New Jersey the live experience. Top names such as the performer formerly known as Jesse Jane, Tera Patrick, Lexi Belle, Tori Black, Vernonica Rodriguez, Allie Haze, Teagan Presley, Alexis Texas, Kayden Kross, Phoenix Marie, Stoya, Asa Akira, jessica drake, Adriana Chechik, Sydney Leathers, Ron Jeremy, Tanya Tate, Joanna Angel, Evan Stone, Cindy Starfall, Jada Stevens, Julia Ann, Nina Hartley, Annika Albrite, Adrianna Luna, Mick Blue, Nikki Benz, Belle Knox, Ryan Driller, Vicki Chase, Ash Hollywood, Ron Jeremy, Kendra Lust, Jessie Lee, Abella Anderson, Ashley Massaro and many, many more at exhibitors such as CLUB Spotlight, PJ Lube, LA Direct Models, Arrangement Finders, Photo Strip, Sapphire, Veronica Rodriguez Productions and Jules Jordan Video. Fans were thrilled to meet their blue screen dreams up close and personal for pictures and autographs.

The Entertainment Stage featured a diverse lineup of entertainment, highlighted by feature dance shows by fan favorites such as Tori Black, Tera Patrick, Allie Haze, Gia Nova, the Living Sex Dolls and Evan Stone. There were also daily all-star Q&A panels with an array of stars, the Ms. EXXXOTICA competition where a new star was born, a BBW fashion show, and giveaways of Fleshlights, trips to Hedonism and more.

The EXXXOTICA Seminar Series featured standing room only crowds thanks to speakers on an array of topics from the top names in adult and beyond. Ron Jeremy, Tanya Tate, Nina Hartley, jessica drake, Evan Stone, Joshua, Bo Blaze, and Joanna Angel dished out advice and sex tips that appealed to all.

EXXXOTICA’s interactive Dungeon, sponsored by PJLube.com (http://pjlube.com), gave attendees a glimpse into the world of kink. With custom furniture and devices from DNJToys.com in the 5,000 square foot space, fans got to experience the wild side that was filled with experts in the field and get their freak on.

Official after parties let attendees celebrate into the wee hours as hot spots such as Sapphire New York, Bourbon Street, Evolve and Club QXT. The show’s host hotel also gave fans the chance to party with the porn stars with a party each night featuring live entertainment from DJ Prime, the Love Haterz and acoustic sensation, Sami Eldebs. VIP attendees got to take advantage of free admission to the hottest parties with the stars of EXXXOTICA, as well as receive free merchandise and offers from exhibitors.

“While some of our other locations are still up in the air for 2015, Edison New Jersey is not one of them,” said Handy. “With the response we got this year, one thing is for sure — we will be back!”

Dumb ass gets arrested for throwing dildos at teenage girls

Total jerk arrested for throwing dildos at teenage girls

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In West Allis, Wisconsin, a 28-year-old was arrested for allegedly throwing a bunch of dildos at two teenage girls, reported one local Fox News affiliate.

Konrad Peters (see mugshot) has been accused of chucking the sex toys on several occasions at the females as they were on their way to and from school. One of the girl’s fathers discovered the car used by the suspect after a brief search of the neighborhood. Now Peters faces charges related to exposing children to harmful materials.

Police searched the home of Peters and discovered “33 dildos and multiple sex toys,” according to court documents that were obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Authorities were made aware of the incident when, last week, one of the teens was coming home from school and noticed that “a dildo was dropped out of the driver’s side of a vehicle,” according to a police report. The report added that “she walked past her house, because she was scared and didn’t want him to know where she lived.”

Pornstar Platinum and OC Modeling co-sponsor Miss FreeOnes Most Underrated Category

FreeOnes has announced that Pornstar Platinum and OC Modeling have the exclusive Platinum Sponsorship of the Most Underrated category.  In addition to their sponsorship, Pornstar Platinum will be offering the winner of the category their own solo site and OC Modeling will be offering a modeling contract.

The Most Underrated category is for Miss FreeOnes contestants that rank 2500 or more on FreeOnes at the start of the contest.

“The idea for the Most Underrated category was put into the 2014 contest after a community vote to try to freshen up the contest a bit,” said Petra, Contest Organizer.  “I loved this idea because I believe that Miss FreeOnes is a great way for models to gain notice in the industry because so many people see their picture and thumbnail.  So why not give our lower ranking models the chance to gain some notoriety?”

“When I talked to Pornstar Platinum about this, they loved the idea so much that not only did they snatch up the sponsorship for this category, but they offered to include some outstanding prizes of their own! The winner of the 3rd round will not only receive $2,000 for winning the category, but they will have the opportunity to have their own solo site and a contract from OC Modeling!”

Miss FreeOnes will kick off on September 1st and run through three elimination rounds over a course of 30 days.  The first round will start off with all active erotic models, porn stars, and cam girls.  FreeOnes visitors will be able to vote on the model’s section on FreeOnes to try to get their favorite models into round 2 as one of the 50 babes that get to move on.  Finally, the 15 girls with the most votes by the end of round 2 will move into the last and final round to try to secure the #1 spot, prize money, and any additional prizes being offered!

To see who is currently entered in the 2014 Miss FreeOnes contest, visit http://miss.freeones.com.  To enquire about sponsorships (closing August 20th), send a mail to info@missfreeones.com for package information.

Scam Alert Regarding Nick Manning


It has recently come to my attention that like others in our industry. including Axel Bruan and Dana Vespoli, there is someone out there impersonating me, booking shoots or attempting to book shoots with girls and then not paying for services rendered.

I am told that a few people specifically on the east coast have been approached by someone claiming to be me. This is 100% not me. I am not booking for any content shoots and even if I was, I wouldn’t be doing so on the east coast. I live and work exclusively in the LA area.

While I do some content trades for my official site NickManningOnline, I always book them directly or with the help of my friend Kelli Roberts and always with people that know me already. If we go outside my circle of friends it’s always with a licensed and bonded agency like LA Direct Models or Kelli’s favorite, OC Modeling.

I’m sorry for anyone who has been taken advantage of by this scam artist, but in the future if you show up on the set and see obviously the person in question isn’t me, you shouldn’t stay for any reason.

In addition, you should verify in advance any shoot you book. You can tweet me @realnickmanning and I’d be happy at any time to verify a booking someone claims they have with me.

Just remember when it comes to your safety and well being, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So take just a moment before heading out to meet anyone you are unsure of and check the facts.

Thank you for your time and for helping me get the word out.

Zalman King’s Pleasure or Pain Starring Kayla-Jane Danger Comes to DVD

Premiere Magazine once called Zalman King “the high priest of erotic film-making” for directing and producing scintillating projects like “Two Moon Junction”, “Nine ½ Weeks”, “Wild Orchid” and “The Red Show Diaries”. In 2012, he passed after making his last opus, “Pleasure or Pain”, which had multiple exclusive screenings on Cinemax last month. Starring Kayla-Jane Danger (under the name Kayla-Jane), Malena Morgan, Christos Vasilopoulos and Elle Alexandra, the erotic drama is about a beautiful, young designer lured into a torrid and intense affair with a charismatic, successful man. The movie has been dubbed a “9 ½ Weeks for the new millennium”.

“Pleasure or Pain” is now available on DVD. Kino Lorber is distributing the title, which is currently available for pre-order for $26.95 on Amazon and streets next week. It is available by going to http://www.amazon.com/Pleasure-Pain-Malena-Morgan/dp/B00K12K8P4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1401306613&sr=8-2&keywords=pleasure+or+pain.

 “Many people missed the Cinemax screening last month, so I’m pleased that the movie is now on DVD and more people will be able to see it,” says Kayla-Jane Danger. “Working with Zalman was a dream come true and I’m very proud of my performance in the film. I hope all of Zalman’s fans and mine will buy it on DVD.”

The goldRush Rally begins today, and Kayla is the spokesmodel and host. Keep up with all the adventures by going to goldrushrallylive.com. Also check out their website http://www.goldrushrally.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/goldRushRally.

 

ABOUT KAYLA-JANE DANGER: Some people might think it’s dangerous to go from a go-go dancer, burlesque performer and fashion design and illustration student to being the Queen of Lesbian Foot Worship and soft core sensual scenes, but in eight years, Kayla-Jane Danger has done it…and without fear, making fantasy into her real world. In her previous incarnation, Danger garnered the title Music Video Honey and appeared in over 50 videos for world famous bands. Along with appearing on her own site MyDollParts.com that she runs, operates and makes exclusive content for, the girl next door with the ALT look has worked with Burning Angel and Sex Art, and been photographed by legendary photographers Holly Randall and Ken Marcus for the multiple times she has graced the pages of Hustler’s Taboo.

 

Her site, http://mydollparts.com/, received nominations in 2013 from The Sex Awards, XBIZ and AVN, and features Danger’s perfect legs ass and feet working with some of the hottest girls dreams are made of—her myriad of high quality fetish and erotic sites that make up her KJD Media network are some of the most popular and original sites in the fetish world. In 2014, Kayla’s dynamic sites helped her win AEVC’s award for Best Webstar of the Year, and she made her directorial debut with Filly Films and her movie, Carrie’s Secret, which she also wrote and had a cameo in.

 

Kayla stars in Zalman King’s film, “Pleasure or Pain”,that debuted in April on Cinemax, and completed a novel based on the screenplay currently available as an eBook on Amazon and Smashbooks. To keep up with her ever-growing empire and exciting new projects including her VIP parties, directorial debut for Filly Films, and her role as spokes model and host in the goldRush Rally, follow her on Twitter at @kjdangerdoll and Instagram http://instagram.com/kjdangerdoll# and make sure to “like” her fan page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KaylaJaneDangerOfficial.

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