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Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
Heenan Graduates Harvard for Gates
By Kevin McCauley
 
christine heenanChristine Heenan, Harvard's VP-public affairs/communications, is leaving in February for a senior communications adviser slot at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
Russia's Sovereign Fund Invests Lobbying $$$ in Capitol Counsel
By Kevin McCauley
 
russiaThe Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has more than $10B in assets, has invested $90K in a two-month effort by Capitol Counsel LLC to educate US Treasury staffers and policymakers about its operation.
Category: Foreign government
 
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Blog: Secret Service Scandal Weakens Obama
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piersonPresident Obama appears indecisive following news of the Secret Service White House scandal, which is sad following his good leadership performances vis-à-vis Putin and ISIS.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-01-2014
By Greg Hazley
 

Finance Small steps for hedge fund reputation (T. Walek) 
Digital Why rumors outrace the truth online (NY Times) 
Healthcare What can social media offer healthcare orgs? (C. Nulph) 
Touché Is your crisis communication plan really digital first? (G. Baron) 
Content Publications continue to characterize brand journalism as 'The Devil Wears a Keyboard" (L. Hoffman) 
Social Five platforms for monitoring digital and social media trends (T. Moehnke) 
PR 101 Seven writing tips for PR pros (S. Schulman) 
Food/Bev Coffee brands compete for media and consumer attention on National Coffee Day (J. Nau) 
PR Internships DCI is looking for a few good PR interns (DCI)

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Murdoch Makes $8.7M at News Corp.
By Kevin McCauley
 
Rupert Murdoch took in $8.7M in total compensation for fiscal 2014 ended June at News Corp., parent company of the Wall Street Journal, Times of London, Sun and The Australian.
Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
Maryland College Seeks PR Education
By Greg Hazley
 
marylandPublic liberal arts institution St. Mary's College of Maryland has cast a net for PR proposals to boost its outreach and "presence."
Category: RFPs
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
Chicago Open Space Network Eyes PR Consultant
By Greg Hazley
 
FPThe $179M entity that preserves and works to expand the Chicago's 69,000 acres of forest is looking to grow its PR.
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Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
MacKay Goes to Portland
By Kevin McCauley
 
david mackayUK's Portland has hired David MacKay, a more than 30-year veteran of FleishmanHillard, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum and Finn Partners, as general manager-US.
Category: Reputation
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014
Mattel's Lawrence to Adtech Rubicon Project
By Greg Hazley
 
dallas lawrenceDallas Lawrence, who led corporate affairs for toymaker Mattel, has moved to the Rubicon Project, the online advertising technology company, in a top PR role.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
H+K CEO Weitz to Insurer Aon
By Greg Hazley
 
andy weitzAndy Weitz, president and CEO for Hill+Knowlton Strategies in the US, is moving to London-based insurance giant Aon, an H+K client, as senior VP of global marketing and communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
Cunard's PR Sails to MGA Media
By Kevin McCauley
 
cunardCunard Line has given North American PR duties to MGA Media, which was founded by Maria Grazia Andriano. Golin is the incumbent.
Category: Travel PR
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
SeaWorld Hooks Van Scoyoc
By Kevin McCauley
 

sea worldSeaWorld, which has been battling continued fallout from CNN's "Blackfish" documentary, has hired Van Scoyoc Assocs. to deal with issues related to the display, research and public education issues involving whales.

Category: Lobbying
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-30-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Ethics Lucrative 'Native Ads' challenge PR ethics (P. Plaisance) 
On Message Uber uses same statement almost every time a driver is accused (BuzzFeed) 
Social Should PR pros sign up for Ello? (F. Strong) 
Social Why Ello isn't the new Facebook (A. Hanson) 
PR 101 Three SEO tips PR pros should know (S. Weaver) 
PA PAC cuts ties with PR firm over 'indefensible' wooing of reporters (STPD) 
Sports Derek Jeter teaches class on media relations (Bleacher Report) 
Corporate Should your c-suite tweet? Maybe! (S. Bruce) 
Int'l Burson-Marsteller vs. Ronn Torossian (NY Observer)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
Blog: Hill+Knowlton Declares the Obvious
By Kevin McCauley
 
prHill+Knowlton Strategies has made it official: digital is the backbone, not an add-on, to all communications strategies.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
Forest Service Moves to Quell Press Outrage Over Permit Rule
By Greg Hazley
 
wildernessThe US Forest Service has scrambled to allay journalist and First Amendment advocate concerns over a proposed directive that would require a permit for commercial photography and filming in wilderness areas.
Category: Environmental PR
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
Hutton Sits in Edelman's Consumer Chair
By Kevin McCauley
 
michelle huttonMichelle Hutton, CEO of Edelman Australia, is shifting to global chair of the independent firm's consumer marketing practice Nov. 1.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
Book Review: Floyd Abrams 'On the Front Lines with the First Amendment'
By Kevin McVicker
 

floyd abrams book Floyd Abrams, one of the most highly regarded First Amendment attorneys, gives many examples of the conflicts inherent with the guarantee of free speech in his new book, Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines of the First Amendment.

Category: Book Review
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
SPJ Has New Unenforceable Ethics Code
By Jack ODwyer
 

spjThe Society of Professional Journalists has a new Ethical Code. But like most codes it is loaded with lofty principles but shoots blanks -- there is no enforcement mechanism.

 
Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
ICR Steps Up for Boot Barn in IPO
By Greg Hazley
 
boot barnBoot Barn, the western footwear retailer that filed Sept. 29 for an initial public offering, is working with ICR for media and investor relations support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014
BerlinRosen Cooks Up Digital Unit
By Greg Hazley
 
joshua cookProgressive PR and political shop BerlinRosen Public Affairs has added Obama campaign alum Josh Cook to lead its new digital practice.
Category: Public Affairs
 
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