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Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
IR Firm Exec Charged with Insider Trading
By Greg Hazley
 
lucarelliThe Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors have charged Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates director Michael Lucarelli with insider trading, claiming the veteran IR exec accessed clients' draft press releases and bought and sold shares on the info.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
 
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Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Blog: Insider Trading Scandal Threatens LHA's Future
By Kevin McCauley
 
lhaIn the understatement of the year, Keith Lippert said it is "devastating" news that a key executive at 30-year-old Lippert/Heilshorn & Assocs. is charged with 13 counts of insider trading resulting in illicit gains of $1M.
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Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
WPP PR Unit Slips 4.5% in Half
By Kevin McCauley
 
wppWPP today reported a 4.5 percent revenues dip to $718.9M during the first half for its PR/PA unit that includes Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Burson-Marsteller, RLM Finsbury and Ogilvy.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Hillman Aids AC Amid Casino Closings
By Greg Hazley
 
atlantic cityBaltimore-based Hillman Communications is helping the destination marketing organization Atlantic City Alliance respond to a spate of bad PR connected to the closings of three casinos in the New Jersey seaside resort town.
Category: Travel PR
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Turner Broadcasting Wields Ax
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting will extend voluntary exit packages to more than 500 staffers in an event to slash overhead and free up cash
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-26-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Advocacy NRA's sexist attack on female gun control group leader's PR experience (Gawker) 
Sports The NFL's looming PR disaster (G. Matusky) 
Corporate Is the Burger King-Tim Horton's deal about more than taxes? (New Yorker) 
Online 7 tips for an information-packed newsroom (R. Streder) 
Events Are trade shows still a good place for PR launches? (F. Strong) 
China How brands can tap China's unique social media culture (Ad Age) 
Names Florida developers change name of condo project named ISIS (NYDN) 
Viral DiCaprio, Damon tie other causes into Ice Bucket Challenge(Daily Mail) 
Entertainment Kardashians part ways with long-time publicist(IBIT)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Batter Up at Tribune
By Kevin McCauley
 
john batterJohn Batter is joining Tribune Media Co. Sept. 2 as executive VP and CEO of its Gracenote music and content venture. He reports to CEO Peter Liguori.
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
FH Gets $25M Extension from Illinois Health Exchange
By Greg Hazley
 
illinoisFleishmanHillard, which withstood strict scrutiny from the Associated Press this year over its multimillion-dollar PR work with Illinois' health insurance exchange, has received a nine-month, $25.6M extension.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Seitel: Developing Online Video
By Fraser Seitel
 
ice bucketOnline video is big and public relations professionals ought to know how to develop effective online video content. Here's what's required.
Category: PR School
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Hawaii Tech Incubator Reviews PR
By Greg Hazley
 
manoaThe technology incubator set up by Hawaii to grow that sector of the state's economy is calling for PR proposals to develop and execute a strategic communications plan.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
UN Targets Terror Victims
By Kevin McCauley
 
unThe United Nations is circulating an "expression of interest" for a firm to conduct a media training program for ten victims of terrorism.
Category: Media News
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Blog: Tony Blair Gives PR a Bad Name
By Kevin McCauley
 
tony blairFormer British Prime Minister turned hired gunslinger Tony Blair is giving PR a bad name by finessing his lucrative relationship with the reprehensible ruler of Kazakhstan. He's too touchy about his work.
Category: International
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-25-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Worth Eye of the beholder (P. Gillott) 
Media A Fourth Estate no more (P. Himler) 
Crisis Ferguson teaches valuable lesson on crisis management (S. Adubato) 
Media Reporters, flacks and Americas future (Chicago Trib) 
Content Defining thought leadership in a business blog (L. Hoffman) 
Quiz Social media quiz: The hard answers (C. Penn) 
Tools 4 reasons why email campaigns fail (J. Poulos) 
Quote The difference between selling and marketing (F. Strong) 
Social Going (sort of) viral on social media (J. Licko)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Indicted Perry Adds Crisis Guru to Legal Team
By Greg Hazley
 
rick perryIndicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry has added crisis PR guru Mark Fabiani to his robust legal defense.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Tech Titan Takes H+K PR Post
By Kevin McCauley
 
jodi baumannJodi Baumann, who was most recently senior director of global communications at NetApp, will join Hill+Knowlton Strategies Sept. 15 as executive VP.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Brunswick Serves The King's Tax Play
By Kevin McCauley
 
tim horton's, burger kingBrunswick is handling Burger King, majority-owned by Brazil's 3G Capital, in its deal to merge with Canadian institution Tim Hortons, a successful combo would be the highest profile tax inversion scheme.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Stanton, Edelman Polish Bain-Toms Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
tomsStanton PR & Marketing and Edelman worked Bain Capital's acquisition of a 50% stake in socially conscious shoe retailer Toms, announced Aug. 20.
Category: M&A
Mon., Aug. 25, 2014
Reporters, Under Fire, Need Friends; Where's PR?
By Jack ODwyer
 

ostrichThe beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS forces and other instances of hostility to journalists in the U.S. and abroad prompted a New York Times examination of the phenomenon.

Category: International
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Multinational Enviro Push Seeks Pitches for DC Event
By Greg Hazley
 
CECA multinational, intergovernmental commission focused on coastal ecosystems and enforcing environmental law is looking for a PR consultant.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Blog: Al Gore's 'Noble' $500M Sale to Arabs
By Kevin McCauley
 
al goreFormer Vice President Al Gore's global climate work through his "Inconvenient Truth" book and documentary have done a world of good, bolstering awareness of one of the globe's top challenges.
Category: Public Affairs
 
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