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Last Updated: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

Vox Media Cuts 50 Staffers

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Vox MediaVox Media is cutting 50 staffers with SB Nation, Curbed, Racked and video services taking the biggest hits.

Accounts in Transit

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

By Steve Barnes

BackBay Communications handles private equity, venture capital firm SuperReturn's international conference in Berlin....Lou Hammond Group adds five clients....Zapwater Communications promotes Skydeck Chicago, which is on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

Lake Jumps into Nahigian Strategies

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jim LakeVeteran PA executive Jim Lake has joined Nahigian Strategies as principal at the Washington-based full-service strategic communications firm.

People on the Move

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Sara DunnJPA Health Communications hires Sara Dunn, Margaret Bonilla and Lisa Rivero for key spots….Glassdoor ups Samantha Zupan to VP-global corporate communications….Kahn Media promotes Cory Burns, Franco Gutierrrez to VP slots.

Cryptocurrencies Become Social Gold Mine

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

BitcoinsCryptocurrencies have become some of the most talked about financial services brands on social media, but mixed perception and a lack of trust in digital currencies remain potential barriers for future adoption.

GPG Works Albertsons' Deal to Acquire Rite Aid

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

AlbertsonsGlover Park Group is working supermarket chain Albertsons’ acquisition of Rite Aid, drug store operator/benefits management company, for cash and stock.

Fox News Targets 'Superfans'

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Fox NationFox News is planning a stand-alone subscription streaming service called Fox Nation aimed at what the network calls its “superfans.” (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Three Cheers for the Russian Election-Meddling Trolls

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Internet trollThree cheers for the Russian trolls, who meddled in the US election, for giving a huge boost to the reputation of the embattled FBI, which is Target No. 1 of our president. (2 reader comments)

IPR Cites Fake News Among Top PR Research Insights

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Steve Barnes

IPRDigital literacy, brand positioning and the effects of fake news and social media are among the topics addressed in the Institute for Public Relations’ list of the Top 11 Public Relations Research Insights for 2017.

International Pro Chandra Joins FTI

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Tara ChandraTara Chandra, who has managed foreign policy and PR programs across the Middle East and Africa, has joined FTI Consulting's strategic communications unit in Washington. (1 reader comment)

Radio Host Fired for Sexual Comments About Teen Olympian

Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianPopular Sirius XM sports host Patrick Connor is now unemployed after comments he made about Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim during a broadcast that have since been called “sexually inappropriate.” (1 reader comment)

Next 15 Gets Boost in Organic Growth

Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Richard EyreUK-based Next 15 Communications Group today announced that organic growth improved to the "single high digits" mark during the second-half of its fiscal year ended January 31.

News of PR Firms

Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Sharon MurphyWilson Hartnell, Ireland’s largest PR firm, has named Sharon Murphy chief executive effective April 2, succeeding Brian Bell... Ralf Hering, founder of Hering Schuppener, one of Germany's top corporate PR firms, dies at 61... Lou Hammond Group president Terry Gallagher will receive the Winthrop W. Grice Award for PR at HSMAI's Adrian Awards program on Feb. 20.

Lyft Books Insight PA

Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

LyftLyft has booked InSight PA for Washington representation on a range of transportation issues.

Accounts in Transit

Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Squaw ValleyMfa Marketing & PR is all in with US Ski & Snowboard, Squaw Valley, Polaris....Marino builds buzz for New York Build 2018....D&D PR adds CastaDiva Resort & Spa, Navigo360.

Political Stance Drives Brand Engagement

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Brands

Americans love it when companies take stances on social or political issues, but brands that throw their hat into the political ring run as much of a risk alienating consumers as they do increasing engagement, according to a recent survey. (1 reader comment)

PR Salaries Up, Bonuses Down

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

By Steve Barnes

The Official Public Relations Salary & Bonus Report: 2018 EditionSalaries are up in the PR business, but bonuses have taken a hit, according to the Official PR Salary & Bonus Report, published by executive search firm Spring Associates.

Sig Sauer Targets Harris for PR

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Joel HarrisSig Sauer Inc. has named Joel Harris media relations and communications director at the Newington, NH, firearms manufacturer.

 

Media Moves

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Vanity Fair coverVanity Fair, Glamour take hits... The Economist rolls on... NBC promotes Katz, Pakosta to co-presidents for scripted programming... Nylon Media names Song senior entertainment editor.

Qatar Signs SGR for PR Push

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Qatar sealSGR LLC has landed a $40K-per-month pact to provide government relations/consulting services to Qatar, which has been under an economic blockade by its Arab neighbors led by Saudi Arabia. (1 reader comment)

 

People on the Move

Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Bente EngeslandBurson-Marsteller taps Engesland as Norway chief... Geben Communications ups Hughes to lead business insights group... KemperLesnick recruits Gough for VP-sports/events slot.