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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Posted by philgomes 11:48 AM
Peter Shankman's "Help A Reporter"

Peter Shankman's "Help A Reporter"

What started out as a Facebook group quickly exceeded the confines of that service. Peter Shankman has launched Help A Reporter.

I built this list because a lot of my friends are reporters, and they call me all the time for sources. Rather than go through my contact lists each time, I figured I could push the requests out to people who actually have something to say.
My main thought is: Having started in PR twelve years ago, my "graduating class" kind of grew up with ProfNet. Why? Because our executives, managers, and supervisors did.

What's next, then? How will ProfNet and its ilk defend its brand when pretty much anyone can/will develop a similar service? There certainly isn't any patentable or copyrightable IP at play here. Actually, for your convenience, I've graphically rendered all of the the barriers to entry in actual size:

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The only real (and relatively small) challenge I see for bootstrapped services like Peter's is that maybe reporters might shy away from a service that's owned/operated/branded by a single communications consultant or agency. Then again, as I've observed (despite contrary popular opinion), PR pros aren't "damaged goods" on the face of it — it depends on their behavior.

I don't see this as a problem for Peter, though, so we're back to my original thought: WWPD? ("What Will ProfNet Do?")

Really, in the short term, it all comes down to ProfNet and similar services 1) continuing to remain relevant to successive generations of PR pros, and 2) leveraging their relatively independent status.

Longer term, though, the picture just gets a lot more more murky. Help-A-Reporter-like services can quickly scale to a comparable quality/quantity of users.

More news as it develops.

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