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Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Financial Writers Tweak Christie, Marijuana, Herbalife at 2014 'Follies'
By Greg Hazley
folliesThe New York Financial Writers Association skewered Bank of America, Chris Christie, Pimco, the marijuana boom, and Herbalife, among other targets, at the group’s annual Financial Follies Nov. 21 at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis.
Category: Media News
Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Northrop Grumman Adds PR Duo
By Kevin McCauley
northrupNorthrop Grumman has recruited Vic Beck and Faith Jennings for PR duties in its aerospace systems operation.
Category: Corporate Communications
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Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Sipkins Exits Sony Pictures
By Kevin McCauley

charles sipkinsCharles Sipkins, who joined Sony Picturres Entertainment in 2013 as executive VP/chief communications officer from Sard Verbinnen in 2013, has quit.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Healthcare NGO Seeks PR Help
By Kevin McCauley
aheadAhead of the Curve, a Los Angeles non-profit that promotes healthy living and preventative care programs in the US and Dominican Republic, is looking for a firm to work on a probono business.
Category: Healthcare PR
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Blog: Murdoch Gets Close Shave at News Corp.
By Kevin McCauley
rupert murdochRupert Murdoch is losing his iron grip on News Corp. as evidences by shareholder revolt, which is receiving big play in Australia and UK but scant coverage here.
Category: Media News
Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Motorsports Pro Danell Dies
By Kevin McCauley
Denny Darnell, an influential and long-time PR voice in the NASCAR circuit, died Nov. 22. NASCAR remembers Darnell as a "PR institution."
Category: Sports
Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Content Content marketing designed to help behavior change (J. Bell) 
Media Letter from the editor: About that Bill Cosby post (The Wrap) 
Corporate Uber and the dangers of 'macho' executive posturing(J. Haggerty) 
Analytics How to use analytics to build your 2015 marketing plan(C. Penn) 
Tools Getting started with paid promotions (A. Corragio) 
Crisis 3 deadly sins (P. Gillott) 
EconDev Searching for talent? Take to Twitter, study says (C. Kohn)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Ritsch to Exit Education Dept for Teach for America
By Greg Hazley
massie ritschCommunications lead for the US Department of Education is leaving for a senior PR post with Teach for America in January.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Nov. 24, 2014
Select Few Enjoy 'Real' Socializing at PR, Press Groups
By Jack O'Dwyer

cpjA black-tie crowd of 1,100 Wall Streeters, financial press and PR people had a night of fun and elbow-rubbing Friday at the Financial Writers' "Follies." This is one of about ten such posh events that dot the calendar.

Category: Associations
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Staples Succeeds CEO Kraus at APCO
By Kevin McCauley
margery krausAPCO's international president will succeed Margery Kraus as CEO of the No. 2 independent firm on Jan. 5.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Mayor de Blasio's PR Blind Spot
By Fraser Seitel
noerdlingerThe saga of a media-battered aide reveals a blind spot for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that threatens to plague his mayoralty; namely, his lack of understanding or respect for the value of PR.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Asher Graduates PR Job at OSU
By Kevin McCauley
herb asherHerb Asher, senior VP-government affairs at Ohio State University, is stepping down Jan. 30.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
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Category: PR Jobs
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Social The CEO apology, in 14 tweets (Wash Post) 
Sports Suspended NFL running back gives mea culpa interview to USA Today (USAT) 
Crisis Uber's latest flap is denting its brand (Digiday) 
Crisis Why Uber's long PR nightmare will end in a user privacy win (PC World) 
Media PR services company tells journos to make extra cash by running PR releases (J. Romanesko) 
Careers Why I joined my father's company (R. Edelman) 
Social Not every PR plan needs social media (Guardian) 
Crisis Texas Health numbers improve as Ebola memories fade(MH) 
Disclosure How did the Boston Globe not disclosure this to readers? (MMFA) 
Cosby Asking Cosby if he is a serial rapist (NPR) 
Cosby The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations (CJR)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Cunningham Takes IR Reins at Alere Amid Investor Pressure
By Greg Hazley
julie cunninghamVeteran corporate communications and IR exec Julie Cunningham has moved to $3B, publicly traded diagnostic device maker Alere as VP of IR.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Huntsworth Gives Ex-Pub, Boxing Exec Chair
By Kevin McCauley
derek mappHuntsworth has named Derek Mapp as chairman and non-executive director, effective Dec. 1, to take the spot vacated by Lord Myners after a six-month run.
Category: International
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
William, Kate, Harry Tap American Spokesman
By Greg Hazley

jason knaufPrince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry have recruited Royal Bank of Scotland PR exec Jason Knauf as communications secretary.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Aereo Files Chapter 11
By Greg Hazley
aereoAereo, the three-year-old streaming TV service that lost a key Supreme Court battle earlier this year, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 21.
Category: Media News
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Racusen Exits White House for MSNBC PR Post
By Greg Hazley
rachel racusenWhite House associate communications director Rachel Racusen is slated to move to MSNBC as VP of communications next month.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Former H+K Health Practice Head to Inventiv Health
By Greg Hazley
susan thieleAgency vet who led Hill+Knowlton's New York and US health practices before leaving the firm in September lands at Inventiv Health as executive VP in its Chamberlain Healthcare PR and Shared Voice PR operations.
Category: Healthcare PR
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