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Ritsch to Exit Education Dept for Teach for America
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massie ritschCommunications lead for the US Department of Education is leaving for a senior PR post with Teach for America in January.
Category: Public Affairs
Sun., Nov. 23, 2014
Select Few Enjoy 'Real' Socializing at PR, Press Groups
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cpjA black-tie crowd of 1,100 Wall Streeters, financial press and PR people had a night of fun and elbow-rubbing Friday at the Financial Writers' "Follies." This is one of about ten such posh events that dot the calendar.

Category: Associations
 
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Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Staples Succeeds CEO Kraus at APCO
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margery krausAPCO's international president will succeed Margery Kraus as CEO of the No. 2 independent firm on Jan. 5.
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Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Mayor de Blasio's PR Blind Spot
By Fraser Seitel
 
noerdlingerThe saga of a media-battered aide reveals a blind spot for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that threatens to plague his mayoralty; namely, his lack of understanding or respect for the value of PR.
Category: Crisis Communications
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herb asherHerb Asher, senior VP-government affairs at Ohio State University, is stepping down Jan. 30.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
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Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
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Social The CEO apology, in 14 tweets (Wash Post) 
Sports Suspended NFL running back gives mea culpa interview to USA Today (USAT) 
Crisis Uber's latest flap is denting its brand (Digiday) 
Crisis Why Uber's long PR nightmare will end in a user privacy win (PC World) 
Media PR services company tells journos to make extra cash by running PR releases (J. Romanesko) 
Careers Why I joined my father's company (R. Edelman) 
Social Not every PR plan needs social media (Guardian) 
Crisis Texas Health numbers improve as Ebola memories fade(MH) 
Disclosure How did the Boston Globe not disclosure this to readers? (MMFA) 
Cosby Asking Cosby if he is a serial rapist (NPR) 
Cosby The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations (CJR)
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Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Cunningham Takes IR Reins at Alere Amid Investor Pressure
By Greg Hazley
 
julie cunninghamVeteran corporate communications and IR exec Julie Cunningham has moved to $3B, publicly traded diagnostic device maker Alere as VP of IR.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Huntsworth Gives Ex-Pub, Boxing Exec Chair
By Kevin McCauley
 
derek mappHuntsworth has named Derek Mapp as chairman and non-executive director, effective Dec. 1, to take the spot vacated by Lord Myners after a six-month run.
Category: International
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
William, Kate, Harry Tap American Spokesman
By Greg Hazley
 

jason knaufPrince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry have recruited Royal Bank of Scotland PR exec Jason Knauf as communications secretary.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Aereo Files Chapter 11
By Greg Hazley
 
aereoAereo, the three-year-old streaming TV service that lost a key Supreme Court battle earlier this year, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 21.
Category: Media News
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Racusen Exits White House for MSNBC PR Post
By Greg Hazley
 
rachel racusenWhite House associate communications director Rachel Racusen is slated to move to MSNBC as VP of communications next month.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Former H+K Health Practice Head to Inventiv Health
By Greg Hazley
 
susan thieleAgency vet who led Hill+Knowlton's New York and US health practices before leaving the firm in September lands at Inventiv Health as executive VP in its Chamberlain Healthcare PR and Shared Voice PR operations.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Blog: Networks Stiff Obama, Lose Ratings 'Hit'
By Kevin McCauley
 
obamaBy boycotting President Obama's speech this evening on immigration, the TV networks are missing a potential ratings hit. Does anybody care how many pounds will be dropped on tonight's "The Biggest Loser?"
Category: Government
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
UN To Spin Off News Agency
By Kevin McCauley
 
irinThe United Nations plans a 2015 re-launch of its Irin humanitarian news agency as an independent non-profit organization.
Category: Media News
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Monument Promotes Starbucks' Social Initiatives
By Kevin McCauley
 
flocStarbucks has hired Monument Policy Group to work Capitol Hill in support of its veteran transition and affordable college initiatives.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Tech's Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunity
By Peter Prodromou
 
Peter ProdromouTechnology companies have long focused on the next great innovation, offering greater access at faster speeds, with more relevance and glint. However, the tech industry is missing an opportunity to innovate in another arena: being the first practitioners of real corporate social responsibility.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
CPI Blog Shames 'No Comment' Officials
By Greg Hazley
 
CPIThe Center for Public Integrity has created a blog to list officials in public and private institutions who refuse to comment to reporters.
Category: Media News
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Leno Drops Gun Industry Gig After Pressure
By Greg Hazley
 
jay lenoJay Leno has withdrawn from an appearance at a major gun industry event in January after pressure from anti-gun violence groups.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Joele Frank in $66B Actavis-Allergan Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
actavis, allerganAllergan is working with Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher on the PR front of its $66B acquisition by Dublin-based Actavis.
Category: M&A
 
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