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Fall news from ANPR

Posted by Stephanie on November 6th, 2017

We couldn’t resist. Over at The Wirecutter, Cricut got top marks in a review of the best electronic cutting machines, being named the best for beginners and the best upgrade pick. You can thank the machines’ speed, quiet, and intuitiveness. If that weren’t enough, Cricut earned a spot in the New York Times’ holiday gift guide. Above, see how Latina magazine used Cricut to customize a totally succulent Friendsgiving!

Jamelle Bouie & Rebecca Onion are back with a sequel to their Slate Academy on the History of American Slavery: Reconstruction. The new podcast series finds the seeds of our present politics in the period after the Civil War — so it sounds like required listening for the White House (looking at you, John Kelly and Sarah Huckabee Sanders). The program is for Slate Plus members, but if you’re not ready to join up, the first episode — on how freedpeople ended up owning land parcels, and then losing them — is free. Listen here:

We learned something new: Before Alissa put the A in ANPR or began her career, she was an intern — at Ruder Finn, Ketchum, and AT&T. While creating FedEx labels for a shipment this week, she admitted missing the joys of admin work. Whatever floats your boat, Alissa! (And thanks for the labels. You did us a solid.)

DIY Halloween Costumes with Cricut (& BuzzFeed!)

Posted by stephanie on October 13th, 2017

October is here (well, halfway over!), and we’ve been getting into the autumn spirit by crafting up a storm with one of our newer clients, Cricut. Cricut makes smart cutting machines that let you design professional-quality products with ease, from the comfort of your desk (or anywhere, really). With Halloween around the corner, DIY costumes are a no-brainer.

Grab some (pretty brilliant) ideas from BuzzFeed, which published a list of must-try options today: “17 Clever Halloween Costumes For Anyone With A Prime Account And A Dream.”

Rachel Wilkerson Miller used her Cricut for many of the costumes on the list, to embellish clothing with pop-culture-inspired text and designs. We’re kind of obsessed with the La Croix costumes — not to mention Cards Against Humanity and Buzzfeed Badges as easy ways to make comfortable dresses totally pop (and not get chastised for not wearing a costume to your friend’s Halloween party).

Which are your favorites?

(Photos from BuzzFeed!)

Free Every Wednesday: Remembering the Village Voice

Posted by stephanie on September 20th, 2017


We won’t soon forget the thrill of picking up the Village Voice on Wednesdays after work, before settling into our commute home. Sometimes, we’d be lucky enough to pass one of those telltale red sidewalk dispensers early in the morning, and get our fill of investigative takedowns and new restaurant reviews before even arriving at the office, trying to shield our keen interest in “Savage Love” from the eyes of passengers riding next to us. Either way, we’ll sorely miss the physical version of the Voice, which published its final print edition today, and will live on in digital-only form.

But the alt-weekly has special significance for another reason, too: it’s where Alissa got her start in PR for media, as Public Relations Director from 1996-1999. Alissa’s photo appeared in the final print edition of the paper among other Voice alums from over the years, including celebrated feminist writer Susan Brownmiller, New York Times critic Guy Trebay, and Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter Mark Schoofs. On the cover? None other than Bob Dylan.

A good thing doesn’t always last forever, but we’re happy to have the memories — and the memento!

Slate & STAT celebrate milestones

Posted by stephanie on November 4th, 2016

It’s an autumn of celebrating for ANPR!

In September, Slate celebrated its 20th anniversary—with a toast to the next 20—with a star-studded (literally) party at One World Trade Center.

Here’s who showed up. See the New Yorker for a write-up of what it was like listening to Slate’s four editors-in-chief discuss the past and present of the publication. Plus, Julia Turner on looking forward to the future of Slate, and NiemanLab on Slate’s refusal to chase digital media trends over the decades.


Meanwhile, STAT is celebrating its first birthday today, having officially reported from the frontiers of health and medicine for a year.


Here are just some of the things we learned from STAT this year:

–The longer your yawn, the bigger your brain.

–It’s possible to get your ENTIRE genome sequenced. It just takes a while. And a lot of money.
–EpiPen maker Mylan did more than make life-saving medicine inaccessible to millions of Americans; it violated antitrust laws, too.
–”Detox water,” the toast of the Kardashians, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
–Pressuring doctors to prescribe addictive pain drug OxyContin through bribes of sweet treats? Sadly, it’s been done.

 Keep up by signing up for some of STAT’s daily newsletters. (Our favorite is Morning Rounds, FYI)


We’re hiring a PR Coordinator

Posted by alissa on May 27th, 2016

Congratulations to everyone graduating this month! We’re hiring a PR coordinator. Is this the job for you? Our office is (almost) as fun as these kitty cubicles.

Feel free to share far and wide, and enjoy this lovely Memorial Day weekend!

PR Coordinator

Alissa Neil PR, a boutique firm specializing in public relations for media organizations and digital startups, is looking for a PR Coordinator to work on the firm’s numerous high-profile accounts. The position will be full-time and paid hourly ($20/hr), with the possibility of turning into a salaried position. This position will be conducted remotely much of the time, but ideally, applicant will be located in or near Washington, DC or New York City, to join various ANPR staffers in the office on occasion.

The PR Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the team on day-to-day operations for numerous clients and must be capable of handling multiple projects at once, with high attention to detail. Candidate must be an excellent writer and possess a strong understanding of—and passion for—today’s media landscape. Ideal applicant will have a background or strong interest in journalism, PR, marketing, and podcasts, and is someone who works well independently. This role also involves research, scheduling, managing interns, and general administrative tasks that will provide support to the rest of the staff.


-Maintain and update numerous press lists, and manage interns on press list maintenance

-Research media outlets, reporters, producers, etc. on a constant basis

-Write and send concise, targeted pitches to news outlets with the aim of securing press coverage for clients on the web, in print, and on TV, radio, and podcasts

-Write press materials including releases, pitches, biographies, one-sheets, and more

-Monitor media coverage and compile thorough reports of media hits to deliver to clients

-Manage billing and accounts receivable, create client invoices, etc.

-Manage the ANPR Twitter and Facebook accounts, and contribute content for clients’ social media accounts when applicable

-Oversee and develop social media opportunities for ANPR and for clients

-Seek out award opportunities for clients and clients’ content, keep track of all applicable awards, and draft award applications

-Schedule meetings and assist with meeting prep; write and circulate meeting agendas

-Provide general administrative support on various activities and projects


-Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, PR, journalism, or related field required

-Internship or previous work in PR, media, or publishing a plus

-Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Google Docs essential

-Fluency in Twitter essential

-Knowledge of Quickbooks, CisionPoint, and Photoshop a plus


-Excellent writing skills and a strong grasp on grammar, style, and usage

-Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail

-Strong communication and interpersonal skills across all mediums (in person, by phone, email, Twitter, etc.)

-Ability to multitask, work well under pressure, and meet tight deadlines

-Energetic, creative, and enthusiastic self-starter

About ANPR

ANPR is a boutique PR firm with offices in NY, DC and Palo Alto. We like to think of ourselves as working at the center of the zeitgeist, whether on interesting tech startups or news stories of the moment. Our environment moves at a quick pace and requires curiosity, creativity and someone who can shift gears at a moment’s notice. We take our clients seriously, but we also like to keep things light, fun and positive. We nurture and support our colleagues and seek mature and kind individuals to join our unique team.

Please send a resume to


So, it was our 12-year anniversary in June…

Posted by alissa on October 14th, 2015

We’ve been in business for a dozen years!* (And in case you couldn’t tell, we’re celebrating with donuts. Real, edible ones, and also ones of the .gif variety — check out our new homepage slider. Plus, who knew Doughnut Plant‘s ‘wild blueberry’ would be modeled after ANPR’s logo?)


*We didn’t turn twelve today, technically, we turned twelve-and-a-quarter. But we’ve been working on so many exciting and worthwhile projects for our clients, this PR firm just hasn’t had the time to do its own PR.

Here’s just some of the excitement we’ve been engulfed in:

First, our earbuds are afire:  Getting In, an ambitious Panoply podcast that follows NYC-area high school seniors through the entire college admissions process, in real-time, is just getting heated up. Check out all recent episodes here, and if you’re a parent or student, submit an audio message and your question might be answered on a future show. We’re also totally hooked on Panoply’s The Message, a fictional podcast with a sci-fi bent that hearkens back to the early days of radio theater. These are just two of Panoply’s stable of over 60 stellar podcasts we’ve been busy promoting, with more (binge-worthy!) shows to debut soon. Check back on Thursday, October 22 for a very exciting new podcast.

In other news, Harvard Business Review just came out with its 2015 list of Best-Performing CEOs in the World, (move on down, Jeff Bezos).

We’re promoting a best-selling author whose compelling biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, Sisters in Law, lends a lot of context to the new Supreme Court season, and speaks volumes on both women’s legacies.

Did we mention we’re also working with a new way to turn your #1 driving distractor into a driving safety tool? Driversiti uses your smartphone’s sensor data to understand driving behavior and provide real-time feedback, helping you drive more safely and efficiently. With the connected car on everyone’s brain, we couldn’t be happier to be involved with such innovative technology.

Oh, and let’s not forget the stunning research by Miner & Co. Studio showing that watching TV is being used as punishment for today’s tablet-toting tots. (Yes, watching TV = punishment in today’s tech-centric world!) Check out the full study here.

Meanwhile, we’re still keeping our core strong with Fuse Pilates.

As you can see, we’re having a busy autumn. So while we do apologize for not celebrating our 12th birthday sooner, all we can say is that we have other priorities! Now we understand why organizations hire agencies.