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Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Qorvis Works to Clean Up Syria Mess
By Kevin McCauley
syriaQorvis MSL handles media, Congressional outreach for the Syrian Opposition Coalition in bid bankrolled by Saudi Arabia.
Category: International
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Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
BBC Trusts Fairhead
By Kevin McCauley
rona fairheadRona Fairhead, who helmed Financial Times Group,  is expected to be the first female chairman of the BBC Trust
Category: Media News
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By Greg Hazley
Corporate How Apple PR is organized (9to5Mac) 
Marketing Malaysian Airlines' disastrous 'Bucket List' promo(Time) 
Data 3 reasons why you should love data PR (K. Dugan) 
Content The campaign approach to content is killing brands (A. Hanson) 
Careers Don't be the kid on the bench who doesn't know Loom Bands (M. Gonzalez)
Pub Diplomacy Voice of America: A worthy mission for the 21st century (J. Burns) 
Data Tackling data to gather insight (V. Kaplan) 
Cartoon The NFL's PR playbook (NY Times) 
Tech Google rebrands 'Enterprise' as 'Google for Work' (BI) 
Int'l PR firm for Putin's Russia now walking a fine line (NY Times)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Echeveste Retires from VPE
By Greg Hazley
john echevesteJohn Echeveste, founding partner of 26-year-old Los Angeles-based Hispanic PR firm VPE Tradigital Communications, is retiring.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
ISIS Video Claims Second US Journalist Beheaded
By Kevin McCauley
ISISThe Islamic State has beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to a video released by the group. The killing of the former reporter for Time, Foreign Policy and Christian Science Monitor follows last month's beheading of James Foley.
Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Solomon: The Achilles Heel of News Reporting, Or What You Won't Learn in Journalism School
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonUnknown to most people -- but definitely known to journalists -- editors call the shots in deciding what does and what doesn't get reported and how the material is presented.
Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Havas Revenue Ticks Up 2.7% in First Half
By Greg Hazley
havasFrance-based ad/PR conglomerate Havas reported first half revenue ticked up 2.7% to $1.14B.  
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Unethical Practices Mar PRSA 'Ethics Month'
By Jack ODwyer

mark mcclennanSeptember is "Ethics Awareness Month" at PR Society of America but undemocratic, anti-media, and anti-informational practices mar the celebration.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Sep. 1, 2014
Happy Labor Day to Our Readers
By Kevin McCauley
History of Labor Day
Read the story behind today's holiday on the Dept. of Labor's website.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
US 'Boots to Business' Push for Vets Seeks Agency
By Greg Hazley
bootsThe US Small Business Administration is in the midst of an agency search to guide marketing and outreach for the Boots to Business Program, a new initiative to help military veterans become entrepreneurs.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
Shockey Scofield Runs Marathon
By Kevin McCauley
marathonShockey Scofield Solutions is running Marathon Oil's DC lobbying push for a broad range of key issues.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
Time Inc. Names Editors
By Kevin McCauley
lewis, lumpHunter Lewis will take the editor job at Time Inc.'s Cooking Light magazine effective Sept. 22. Nathan Lump is the new editor of Travel + Leisure.
Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-29-2014
By Greg Hazley
Tools Twitter analytics demystified for PR (S. Waddington)
Tech Uber's biggest danger is its business model, not bad PR(Wired)
Tech Ralph Lauren unviles smart shirts at US Open (Yahoo) 
IR 101 What is investor relations? (C. Penn) 
Video PR 5 tips on video and marketing programs that are often overlooked (J. moran) 
Careers Are PR students ready for a changing industry? (J. Wheeler) 
Sports NFL commissioner admits he was wrong, tightens domestic violence penalties (NY Times) 
Stunts First NYC Denny's will serve $300 breakfast (NYDN) 
Tech iWatch arrives, Apple sets off frenzy with press invites(Forbes) 
Polls Many in poll see Sharpton as 'positive' (WSJ) 
Careers Send the elevator back down for the class of 2018 (R. Schwartz) 
Speaking 5 tips for off-the-cuff speaking (J. Coleman)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
Ethics Specialist Hawthorne to PRSA/NY Panel
By Jack ODwyer

fran hawthorneFran Hawthorne, author of Ethical Chic—An Investigation of Starbucks, Apple, Trader Joe’s (and others)  has joined the "Mock Tribunal of PR" of PRSA/NY on Sept. 8.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
Texas Reviews Chinese Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
texasThe Lone Star State is on the hunt for PR agency help to lure Chinese tourists.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
Stumbling Hertz Shores Up PR as Shareholders Beckon
By Greg Hazley
hertzRent-a-car institution Hertz has moved to calm shareholders as activists swirl amid a review and restatement of financial results and a profit warning.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
Global Communicators Lines Up Junkets to Japan
By Kevin McCauley
japanGlobal Communicators is courting U.S. and Canadian journalists for trips to Japan as part of the country's foreign press visitation program.
Category: International
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-28-2014
By Greg Hazley
PR 101 Five fast steps for reversing a social media PR crisis (T. Gable) 
Careers Tips for acing your next PR interview (A. Cicero) 
Obit Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers PR chief Ed Kiely(@PittsburghPG) 
Narratives Brand stories shouldn't always end with 'happily ever after' (J. Reynolds) 
Global 5 keys to global influencer analysis (B. Watts) 
Viral When the Ice Bucket Challenge becomes a promotional moment (NY times) 
Social 5 ways journalists actually use Twitter to source stories (Muck Rack)
Tools Twitter now shows you exactly how many people see your tweets - and it's mesmerizing (@businessinsider) 
Sports Credibility at stake for university-run media in USC situation (LA Times) 
PA Police lobby fights to keep gear (The Hill)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
CU Business School Reviews PR
By Greg Hazley
univ of coloradoThe University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business is seeking communications counsel as follows a blueprint to "emerge back on the national agenda as a highly rates and well-recognized business school."
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
FTI, Kekst in $1.4B Sale of Berlin Packaging
By Greg Hazley
berlinFTI Consulting is guiding communications for Bahrain's Investcorp in its $1.43B sale of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging to private equity firm Oak Hill Capital.
Category: M&A
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