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Independent PR firms showed strong growth in 2013.  Eight of the ten largest posted double-digit gains as did nine in the 11 to 25 category and 57 in the complete list of 127.


Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Buehler Analyzes Porter Novelli
By Kevin McCauley
phil buehlerPorter Novelli has tapped Phil Buehler, former chief strategy officer at Hudson Rouge, to spearhead its analytics push.
Category: PR measurement and analytics
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Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Daily Newspaper Journos Declined by 1,300, Minorities Show Gains
By Greg Hazley
asneThere were about 36,700 full-time daily newspaper journalists at 1,400 US newspapers in 2013, a decline of 1,300 over a year earlier, according to an annual survey by the American Society of News Editors and the Center for Advanced Social Research.
Category: Media News
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Seitel: Bill & Hillary - Turning PR Lemonade to Lemons
By Fraser Seitel
ackman, clintonThis month's public relations losers, My Turn-to be-President Hillary Clinton and Don't Ever Doubt Me Bill Ackman, stand as object lessons as to what happens when you don't know when to shut up.
Category: PR School
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Retailer That 'Sues Soldiers' Over Debts Hits ProPublica Piece
By Greg Hazley
usa discountersUSA Discounters, the Virginia-based retailer that ProPublica reported offers "easy" credit to military members but files thousands of suits when its loans aren't repaid, is criticizing the non-profit news organization's portrayal.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Hamas Rockets Are Mostly Duds, Says Media Prof
By Jack ODwyer
rocketsThe threat to Israelis by Hamas rockets has been greatly exaggerated, says George Washington Univ. Prof. William Youmans. About 2,500 rockets have killed two people -- a Thai guest worker and a Palestinian Bedouin citizen of Israel.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Miami Opens Review of Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
miamiMiami has kicked off a review of its North American tourism PR account with an open pitch process through August. Details...
Category: RFPs
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-29-2014
By Greg Hazley
Crisis Paramount sparks outrage over poster for Ninja Turtles film set for 9/11 release (@MailOnline) 
PR Senate candidate's PR strategy leaks (AJC) 
Correspondence Yes, you can write business letters from the heart (L. Hoffman) 
Int'l Chinese authorities investigate Edelman unit (NY Times) 
Crisis Malaysia Airlines in brand overhaul after disasters(Telegraph) 
Media Cellphone sets fire to pillow, story sets fire to TV station website (Poynter) 
Content When journalism and brand management collide (L. Llewellyn) 
Content New survey shows readers don't trust 'sponsored Content' (L. Siegel) 
Mideast Israel's other war (New Yorker) 
RFP Marketing and public affairs; $150K, upstate NY (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
H+K Credits Cradit With Corp Advisory Duties
By Kevin McCauley
lisa craditHill+Knowlton Strategies has recruited Lisa Cradit to helm its corporate advisory practice in New York.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
New York Times Co Net Tumbles 55%
By Kevin McCauley
mark thompsonThe New York Times Co. suffered a 55 percent plunge in Q2 2014 net to $9.1M on flat revenues of $388.7M.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
FTI Scoops Up Crumbs Bankruptcy PR
By Greg Hazley
crumbsCrumbs, the cupcake bake shop chain that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, is relying on FTI Consulting for strategic communications support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Rudy Roots for Greenies in GMO Fight
By Kevin McCauley
labelsFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Bracewell and Giuliani represents the Environmental Working Group, a DC non-profit mostly bankrolled by philanthropic groups, for food labeling and cosmetic/sunscreen issues.
Category: Environmental PR
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Finance PR Pro Rozman Trades BNY for HSBC
By Greg Hazley

doug rozmanDouglas Rozman has traded the top corporate communications post at BNY Mellon's securities services operation Pershing to lead comms. for HSBC in the United States.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Burson Lays Down Law
By Kevin McCauley
michael lawMichael Law, who joined Burson-Marsteller last year as US president, is taking the US CEO reins from Dave DenHerder on Sept. 1.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Sard, Joele Frank Sell $8.5B Discount Retailer Deal
By Greg Hazley
dollar treeDiscount retailers Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Stores engaged outside PR support for Dollar Tree's $8.5B acquisition of Family Dollar announced July 28.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Blog: Sarah Palin 24-7 TV: Dream or Nightmare?
By Kevin McCauley
sarah palinSarah Palin is the latest quasi-celeb to take a fling at hosting her own 24-7 online channel, the ultimate ego booster.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-28-2014
By Greg Hazley
PR 101 PR lessons from 'House of Cards' (A. Lloyd) 
Sports NFL exec stumbles way through Ray Rice explanation(Deadspin) 
Tech Campaigning via hologram is coming to the US (BBW) 
PR Creativity & Cannes: Creativity in the PR industry (M. Quinn) 
PA Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington (W. Potter) h
Book Reputation, not spin, the heart of PR (D. Bedell) 
Healthcare The 10 best New Yorker articles on healthcare (Vox)
Food/Bev The Coconut water street fight (NY Times) 
Marketing 5 ways CMOs can expand their influence and impact(M. McDonagh) 
Mideast How did Israel learn to spin its policies? From a GOP pollster (Alternet)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Edelman Cracks Walnut Group's Roster
By Kevin McCauley
walnutsEdelman has scooped up agency of record duties for California Walnut Board and Commission effective Sept. 1, earning the job to generate national awareness of the Golden State's output.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Foreign Policy Guru Takes Dip into Atlantic
By Kevin McCauley
fareed zakariaFareed Zakaria, ten-year columnist at Newsweek at editor of its international edition, will become a contributing editor at The Atlantic, its web edition and sister Quartz online publication in September.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
NSA Seeks PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
nsaThe National Security Agency, rocked by ongoing revelations of Edward Snowden, is looking to hire a strategic communications director to distribute its positions, messages, and policies to staffers, reporters and the general public.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
UT's Lewis Transfers to Emory to Lead Comms
By Greg Hazley
jerry lewisJerry Lewis, who held top communications posts at the Univ. of Texas at Arlington and Univ. of Miami, is transferring to Emory University in Atlanta to lead communications and public affairs.
Category: PR in Higher Education
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