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Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Trust Me, PR Is Dead Is Published
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

pr is deadFormer Edelman U.K. executive pens Trust Me, PR Is Dead, a 300-page book that attacks the idea that information can be "managed" and that institutions can "implant messages" in target audiences.

 
Category: PR Commentary
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Sard Verbinnen Shores Up Gannett Defense as Icahn Looms
By Greg Hazley
 
usa todayMedia purveyor Gannett Co. has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. to shore up its PR defense as activist investor Carl Icahn threatens a proxy fight over the company's plans to separate its publishing interests from its TV and digital operations.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
 
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
R&R Scoops Up $900K South Sudan Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
south sudanR&R Partners, which was founded by legendary Republican ad man Sig Rogich, has lined up a $900K one-year contract with South Sudan to raise the Washington awareness of the landlocked nation.
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Clinton White House Alum Launches PA Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
ben finzelBen Finzel, who served in the Clinton Administration's Dept. of Energy, has launched RenewPR, an energy and environmental PR firm.
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Glover Park Aids 'American Sniper' Push for Warner
By Greg Hazley
 
sniperWarner Bros worked with Glover Park Group to cultivate military interest in the release of "American Sniper," the blockbuster film based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-23-2015
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Q&A Chrysler PR vet continues his candid book tour (Car and Driver) 

Crisis Deflate-gate as crisis comms: Did the Pats and NFL fumble? (WBJ) 

Crisis Pats show how not to handle a PR crisis (DN) 

Sports FIFA loses three more sponsors ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup (AP) 

Finance Bank of America is probably going to regret this 'Je sues bullish' report (BI) 

Clients Treat us with respect: How to become your Pr agency's favorite client (Guardian) 

Media How The Economist chose its first female editor-in-chief (Quartz)

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Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Finn Acquires DVL, Seigenthaler Combo
By Kevin McCauley
 
fpFinn Partners is acquiring Nashville's DVL Public Relations & Advertising and Seigenthaler PR, which merged to create an $11M entity.
Category: Financial Management
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Williamsburg Wants PR Firm Visits
By Kevin McCauley
 
williamsburgThe Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee is looking for a PR firm to promote overnight visits and position the Virginia region as having more tourism attractions than just the Colonial Williamsburg restoration.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Blog: Koch Brothers Sitting Pretty
By Kevin McCauley
 

kochsWith the Republicans firmly in control of the Senate and the House, the billionaire Koch Brothers are feeling pretty good these days.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
ASGK Opens Miami Outpost
By Greg Hazley
 
pentonASGK Public Strategies has opened a Miami outpost, its fourth US office, with the appointment of government and agency pro Kelly Penton Chacon as director.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Ogilvy Cashes in on MoneyGram Business
By Kevin McCauley
 
moneygramOgilvy Government Relations has signed on as DC representative for MoneyGram International, a leading financial services company targeting the un-and under-banked market.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
A Decade Later, Hurricane Katrina Remains Relevant
By Ann Edelman
 
Ann EdelmanHurricane Katrina will be remembered for the death and destruction it left behind. But it also changed the way we as an agency think about crisis — or disaster — communications.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-22-2015
By Greg Hazley
 

Crime IR exec pleads guilty to insider trading (NY Post) 

Int'l China state-run newspaper 'fabricated column by New Yorker writer' praising Beijing (Telegraph) 

Tribute In memory of Tom Kowaleski (R. Bolton) 

Healthcare 5 healthcare takeaways from the SOTU (K. Blake) 

Finance Icahn seeks 2 Gannett board seats in potential proxy fight (USA Today) 

Media Sun goads critics as Page 3 'PR stunt' hailed a success (Telegraph) 

Placement Conan O'Brien visits Taco Bell test kitchen (Consumerist) 

Corporate Sony execs bracing for more leaked emails (NY Post)

Media NYPD keeps closer watch on media companies (J. Romensesko) 

Crisis Crisis 101 from the real Olivia Pope (K. Overmier)

Category: PR Links
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
PR Watchdog Blasts 'Whitewashing' of Repressive Regimes
By Kevin McCauley
 
Spin doctors to the autocratsCorporate Europe Observatory PR watchdog issues 64-page report that raps 'ethical tunnel vision' of firms repping repressive regimes.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Arkansas Lt Gov Joins Purple Strategies
By Greg Hazley
 
tim griffinArkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin has joined Washington's Purple Strategies as a senior advisor while holding the state position.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Hamptons Libraries Mull Eruv Exhibit; Here's ours
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

eruv lawsuitsSince Hampton libraries show no interest so far in exhibiting the mountain of legal filings on the eruv that is terrorizing homeowners and costing them huge amounts, as well as tarring and feathering them as “bigots,” we have compiled our own electronic exhibit.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015
Pedersen Out at Grayling
By Kevin McCauley
 
pete pedersenPete Pedersen, former Edelman global tech chair, has resigned the CEO slot at Grayling, Huntsworth's global flagship.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015
Virgina Tech PR Chief to Retire
By Greg Hazley
 
larry hinckerLarry Hincker, the associate VP for university relations who helped "brand" Virginia Tech and led the institution's PR through a 2007 campus shooting, will retire this year after 25 years in Blacksburg.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015
Hawaii Opens Review of Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
 
hawaiiThe Aloha State has launched a review of its six-figure tourism PR account with an open competition through mid-February.
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