August 1st, 2016
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Today's Muck Rack blog brings you a tale of three public relations career paths: agency, corporate and solo PR. Which path is yours?

Only 99 more days, but who's counting


"THIS is how you get to a choice between the “lesser of two evils” for President of the United States: Nobody votes," observes the Wall Street Journal's Greg Emerson of the revelation that only 9% of America actually chose Trump and Clinton as the nominees (at 22,000 startled shares right now). "Due to voter disenfranchisement & apathy, only 9% of Americans got to choose the 2 most terrible Pres nominees ever," concludes Abby Martin of The Empire Files. "88 million Americans eligible to vote do not actually do so. Another 73m don't vote in primaries," Boston Globe's Todd Wallack puts it another way. "Perhaps America has never been more united," wryly suggests journalist Adam Rose. Freelancer Joe Jackson calls it "The fundamental flaw in most Western democracies, which then herald their supposed 'democracy' to rest of the world," but Jake Grovum with the Financial Times argues "Using this to claim something re two-party system is crazy. Millions just chose not to vote!"

In Trump-specific updates, it doesn't look like this week is off to a good start for him:

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What was interesting about the running time of President Obama's and former president Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speeches? Obama, the 44th president, spoke for 44 minutes when he addressed the convention on Wednesday night and 42nd president Bill Clinton spoke for 42 minutes on Tuesday night. Coincidence? You be the judge.

Congrats to Mark Edwards for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for answering correctly: Eve ByronLucia A. Walinchus (who suggests "I can have 46 when I win in 2020. Someone please lend me $150 million so I can run"), Chris LombardiBecky Yerak, and Ron Casalotti (who extrapolates "So Trump at 75 mins won't become prez 'til 2136 or later (reelections)"). Shout out to Mark Gibbs who wasn't sure but guessed, "Wow. Tough. Shorter (thankfully) than Trump's?"

As for today's question, here it is: According to the Wall Street Journal, relationships are being tested by the persistence of what 1990s fashion item?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)!

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday

Today's job highlight:


  • Jeremy Keehn (at right) started today at Bloomberg Businessweek as features editor. Keehn most recently served as a news and business editor at, and has also edited Harper's Magazine and The Walrus. "Welcome @jeremy_keehn to @BW 's merry band!" greets Bloomberg's Rachel Nagler.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • Univision’s Sacramento station KUVS-19 welcomes Grecia Carrillo to its morning team as a weather and news anchor. Carrillo hails from León, Guanajuato in Mexico where she served as a morning anchor for Milenio TV.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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