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Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Ebola Drug Developer Hires Squire Patton Boggs
By Kevin McCauley
 
hemispherHemispherx Biopharma has hired Squire Patton Boggs as its global government relations firm to pursue African distribution opportunities for its two Ebola drugs.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Empire State Reviews PR for 'I Love New York'
By Greg Hazley
 
i love nyNew York's economic development agency has kicked off a review of PR for its "I Love New York" campaign, a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged $60M for the iconic marketing push.
Category: RFPs
 
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Trends PR's creative expansion (D. Tisch) 
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CSR Taking aim at pink washing (R. Strong) 
Crisis Dallas Ebola victims' families speak out (Huff Post) 
Corporate Contentious FedEx fight is a PR albatross (R. Torossian) 
Services Hacking the brief: A new service for brands and agencies (J. Bell) \
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Brands Is the value exchange between brands and consumers a myth? (D. Armano)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
CBS Outdoor Rebrands
By Kevin McCauley
 
outfrontCBS Outdoor Americas today announced it will rebrand as Outfront Media as part of its of the transformation of the New York-based out-of-home media company.
Category: Media News
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By Greg Hazley
 
jeff schneiderJeffrey Schneider, senior VP and longtime spokesman for ABC News, is leaving to start his own PR shop, Schneider Global Strategy.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Are Healthcare PR Pros Patient-Centric Enough?
By Peter Matheson Gay
 
peter gayHeathcare communicators need to make necessary changes to bridge the gap between pharma and increasingly proactive patients seeking information about disease and treatment.
Category: Healthcare PR
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Trade Orgs Withhold Finances, Pay Staffs Well
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

irs 990Trade organizations, including PRSA and NAPL (the printing org whose CEO Joseph Truncale will join the Society as CEO on Jan. 12, 2015), are poor and late financial reporters. Top staffers make far more than most members.

Category: Associations
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Noble Energy Taps FTI as Tension Mounts in Mediterranean
By Kevin McCauley
 
nobleNoble Energy, which has major holdings offshore Cyprus, hires FTI Consulting as Turkey stakes claim in the region.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Media Strike Fear
By Kevin Foley
 
Kevin FoleyWhen did America -- the greatest, richest, most militarily powerful nation mankind has ever known -- start quaking in our boots over a bunch of psychopaths dressed in black who butcher their helpless victims in the back of beyond?
Category: PR Commentary
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Army Mulls Strategic Comms for Transition Program
By Greg Hazley
 
wtcThe US Army's Warrior Transition Command is mulling plans to enlist outside strategic communications support for its Warrior Care and Transition Program, encompassing units located at major military treatment facilities that treat and advise wounded and ill soldiers through the rehabilitation and medical care process.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
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PR and communications jobs lilstings from odwyerpr.com this week.
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Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-17-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Brands Should the NFL abandon pink? (S. Dietze) 
Social Inside Pinterest: The coming ad colossus that could dwarf Twitter and Facebook (Forbes) 
Careers Why 'I hate math' is a PR pro's sentence (E. Valentine)
PR Spin doctors' not PR professionals (T. Henley) 
Corporate As activist investors gain strength, boards surrender demands (NY Times) 
PR 101 Picture perfect placement (S. Bustamante) 
Int'l How Russia's regions lag behind PR in Moscow by 10 years(Lewis) 
Int'l Why Myanmar is a marketer's dream and nightmare (MI)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Harper Trades Cleveland for Denver Schools PR Post
By Greg Hazley
 
maureen harperMaureen Harper, chief of communications for the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, is moving to the Denver Public Schools as chief communications officer.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Ogilvy's Graves to Chair Council of PR Firms
By Greg Hazley
 

chris gravesOgilvy chairman and former global CEO Christopher Graves was elected chairman of the Council of PR Firms for 2015 and will take the reins from FleishmanHillard chief Dave Senay.

Category: Trade Associations
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Obama Names Politico Ebola Czar
By Kevin McCauley
 
ron klainPresident Obama, pressured by Democrats and Republican over the shaky federal response to the Ebola virus, today named Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Biden and ex-VP Gore, as Ebola czar.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Ebola: Caught in an Information Vortex
By Richard Nicolazzo
 
Richard NicolazzoAfter systematic and operational failures to deal with the Ebola crisis, crisis communicaitons is left holding the bag.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
CBS Unveils Digital Subscription Service, HBO to Follow
By Greg Hazley
 
hboCBS Corp. has launched a $5.99-per-month digital streaming service, providing users current and previous-season TV series, local CBS stations from the top markets live, and classic shows on-demand.
Category: Media News
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Martha Stewart Outsources Mag to Meredith
By Greg Hazley
 
msloMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia has struck a 10-year deal with magazine giant Meredith Corp. to publish Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, as well as web properties and a large video library.
Category: Media News
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Burson Aids Texas Ebola Hospital
By Greg Hazley
 
texas healthThe Texas hospital where a patient died from Ebola and two healthcare workers contracted the deadly disease has brought in Burson-Marsteller for crisis PR support.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
NJ Town Rocked By Football Hazing Taps Crisis PR
By Greg Hazley
 
sayreThe Sayreville School District in New Jersey is working with Abernathy MacGregor Group on crisis communications as administrators cope with a football hazing scandal drawing national attention.
Category: Crisis Communications
 
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