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Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
National Cancer Institute to Review PR
By Greg Hazley
nciThe National Cancer Institute plans to review its multimillion-dollar PR account handled by Ogilvy PR for the past five years.
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Ex-Ford PR Head Alleges Phone Tapping
By Greg Hazley
jason vinesJason Vines, who led communications for Ford in the early 2000s during the Firestone tire crisis, alleges in a new book that the company tapped his phone and car with surveillance devices during the crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
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Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
H+K's Mankiewicz Dies at 90
By Kevin McCauley
frank-mankiewiczThe legendary Frank Mankiewicz, who made his PR mark at Bob Gray's Gray & Co. in DC and as chairman of Hill & Knowlton, has died from massive heart failure. He was 90.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Levy Takes Eye Off Ball at Publicis
By Kevin McCauley
maurice levyPublicis Groupe reported a one percent rise in organic growth to $2.2B during Q3 as "management was too focused on other plans and not enough on the short-term performance and growth," according to CEO Maurice Levy.
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Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
College Football Conference Enlists PR Firm for Marshall Playoff Pitch
By Greg Hazley
herdConference USA, a southern collegiate athletic division, has enlisted Brener, Zwikel & Associates of Los Angeles to make the case for Marshall University's selection in the first College Football Playoff.
Category: Sports
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
ShoreTel Dials Joele Frank Amid Unsolicited Bid
By Greg Hazley
shoretelPublicly traded business VOIP technology provider ShoreTel has brought in Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher for communications support as it weighs an unsolicited, $540M acquisition offer from Canadian rival Mitel Networks Corp.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
PR and communications jobs from this week.
Category: PR Jobs
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-24-2014
By Greg Hazley
Content Content is still king, but it needs your help (L. Menchaca) 
Food/Bev If people are asking 'what's in your burger?' you've already lost (Consumerist) 
Tribute Ben Bradlee could teach us all a thing or two about disruption (K. Swisher) 
Marketing Collaborating with influencers: Not as terrifying as you think (Mashable) 
Social Let's make this the last story about a celebrity using Twitter you ever read (Fast Co.) 
Comment Complaining about cell phone usage makes you sound ridiculous (A. Singer) 
Workplace The most ridiculous excuses for skipping work(Forbes) 
TV TLC cancels 'Honey Boo Boo' after sex offender report (Fox News) 
Trade The Council of PR Firms' new positioning (K. Cripps)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
AMC Networks Takes BBC America Stake
By Kevin McCauley
amcAMC Networks is investing $200M for a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America, which is part of British Broadcasting Corp.
Category: Media News
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Embrace Disruption, PR Council Told
By Kevin McCauley
cprfDisruption is a survival skill vital to move a company, brand and communications forward, according to panelists at today's PR Council's annual critical issues forum.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
APCO's Stow Heads to PhRMA
By Greg Hazley
tina stowTina Stow, an APCO Worldwide VP who has specialized in PR counsel for clients implementing the Affordable Care Act, is moving to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America as VP of communications next week.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Levick Joins Team Sri Lanka
By Kevin McCauley
sri lankaLevick inks $60K monthly contract to bolster the image of human rights-challenged Sri Lanka.
Category: International
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
PR Lessons Learned from the Met Fiasco
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonNew York's Met Opera production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" is a PR disaster for the instution, but the money-making organization has the First Amendment right to do so.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Ruder Finn SVP Dies at 36
By Greg Hazley
kevin silvermanKevin Silverman, senior VP and director of healthcare innovation at Ruder Finn, died suddenly on Oct. 20. He was 36.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Bruce Rauner, ex-GTCR, in Race for Illinois Governor
By Jack O'Dwyer

bruce raunerBruce Rauner, 30-year principal of GTCR, buyer of Cision, Vocus and Gorkana, is in a tight race for governor of Illinois vs. incumbent Pat Quinn. 

Category: PR Services
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Toys R Us Drops 'Breaking Bad' Toys
By Greg Hazley
breaking badUnder pressure from media coverage and an online petition, Toys R Us said Oct. 21 it will pull “Breaking Bad” action figures from its shelves.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Failed St. Louis School District Wants PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
normandyThe north St. Louis school district dissolved by the state of Missouri in June after poor performance and reborn as a collaborative has been looking for a firm to handle all PR and communications.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-23-2014
By Greg Hazley
Corporate BP breaks new ground in PR, issuing PR release about its PR release (LA Times) 
Crisis Obama is too cool for crisis management (Businessweek) 
Crisis Texas health resources faces public fallout from Ebola crisis (Star-Telegram) 
Social Will taking the moral high ground make Ello the new Facebook? (R. Gulden) 
Image Saatchi's New Task: Cast Walmart as the underdog(AdAge) 
Stunts Statue of Liberty will be put to good use on Halloween to promote clothing line (Gothamist) 
Lobbying Ex-senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions (CFPI) 
Media Nancy Snyderman encouraged to take a break from NBC News (NY Times)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Media Notes: McGlone Exits The Pilot for PR; Times Columnist Apology...
By Greg Hazley
mediaMcGlone Exits The Pilot for Wisconsin PR Post; Times Columnist Sorry for Attending Fundraiser; NBC Launches Long-Form Sports Portal; Yahoo Posts Revenue Gain; Bloomberg Snatches Business Insider Pro...
Category: Media News
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Wash Post: Ben Bradlee's 1990 Letter to 'Flacks'
By Greg Hazley
wash postThe Washington Post reprinted a 1990 letter from its late executive editor Ben Bradlee to “flacks” on Oct. 22, after a DC PR pro hounded the paper for a story on a retiring lion tamer.
Category: Media News
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