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Fri., May 22, 2015
How Climate Change Impacts Health Communications
By Jeanine O'Kane
 

Jeanine O'KaneA 20-year study authored by Global Health Institute researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that climate change could have profound public health consequences. While such a sweeping statement can be hard to put into perspective, a glance at today’s headlines shows repercussions already affecting the health sector.

Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., May 22, 2015
How Digital Changed Communications Measurement
By Erika Kauffman
 
Erika KauffmanDigitalization has provoked continuous changes in what and how PR pros analyze and measure — and nowhere has this measurement proven more valuable than in social media.
Category: PR Measurement & Analytics
 
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Worried Sulzberger to Discuss NYT's Future at Hunter June 15
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Arthur Sulzberger Jr.Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the New York Times, which lost $14.3M in Q1 and has roiled bridge and chess fans by dropping both columns, will discuss “NYT’s future” June 15 at Hunter College. It wonders about its ‘sustainability.”

Category: Media News
Thu., May 21, 2015
Children's Place Dons Sard in Proxy Fight
By Greg Hazley
 
children's placeKids clothing retailer The Children's Place is leaning on Sard Verbinnen & Co. for PR counsel as it works to placate an insurgent group of activist investor-shareholders gunning for two board seats.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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Ex-Lucasfilm Comms Chief to Virtual Reality Developer Jaunt
By Greg Hazley
 
miles perkinsMiles Perkins, former head of corporate communications for Lucasfilm, has moved to virtual reality company Jaunt as VP of marketing communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 21, 2015
Amnesty Rips Qatar's Promised Reforms As 'PR Stunt'
By Kevin McCauley
 
amnestyAmnesty International says Qatar's promise of a year ago to improve conditions for its 1.5M migrant workers is turning out to be nothing more than a 'PR stunt.'
Category: Foreign government
Thu., May 21, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-21-2015
By Greg Hazley
 
Tech The top 9 digital trends to know right now (M. Fouhy & A. Branch) 
IR How an investor awareness campaign can implicate securities laws (IR Mag) 
Criticism Things that make PR people cringe: DIY PR (InkPR) 
Finance How one wealth manager hired a PR firm (WSJ) 
Tools How SEO is quickly becoming a communications function(J. Licko) 
Stunts Freightliner pulls off record projection on Hoover Dam(BizBash)
Measurement Measuring PR is more than counting articles (D. Jones) 
Social Letterman felt he wasn't clicking with the Internet - and he was right (BI) 
Int'l Corporate sponsors, Amnesty Int'l question Qatar labor rights ahead of World Cup (Slate) 
Crisis 5 lessons for PR pros from NBC's 'The Blacklist' (K. Freberg) 
Content Top 50 PR, marketing and social media podcasters to follow (S. Miller)
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Thu., May 21, 2015
Chelsea Clinton Wows Internet Week
By Kevin McCauley
 
clintonChelsea Clinton addressed Internet Week today in New York, updating the audience on the role played by technology to help women and girls strive for full participation in the 21st Century.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., May 21, 2015
Blog: Tampa Bay Lightning PR Chief Defends Icing Ranger Fans
By Kevin McCauley
 
bill wickettThe Tampa Bay Lightning National Hockey League team ought to be based in Orlando because of the team's Mickey Mouse policy of banning sale of tickets to fans rooting for opposing teams
Category: PR Commentary
Thu., May 21, 2015
Ex-Senator Bond Flies Southwest Air
By Kevin McCauley
 
kit bondFormer Missouri Senator Christopher Bond has signed on as Washington representative for Southwest Airlines.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., May 21, 2015
Hinton Joins Team De Blasio
By Kevin McCauley
 
karen hintonKaren Hinton, who has handled PR in the long-running multi-billion dollar legal battle against Chevron for its alleged contamination of Ecuador, will become spokesperson for NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.
Category: Government
Thu., May 21, 2015
HB Provides PR for Legal Charge Against Bankrupt For-Profit College
By Greg Hazley
 

corinthianHellerman Baretz is providing PR support to a legal charge against bankrupt Corinthian Colleges Inc. on behalf of thousands of debt-laden students of the defunct institution.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., May 20, 2015
Ad Watchdog Hits Almay for 'Simply American' Campaign
By Greg Hazley
 
almayA splashy "Simply American" campaign from Revlon's Almay cosmetics line has come under fire from ad watchdog Truth in Advertising, which says the push is deceptive about its products' origins.
Category: Beauty & Fashion PR
Wed., May 20, 2015
FitzGerald Tells CEOs to Become 'Brand Stewards'
By Kevin McCauley
 
maura fitzgeraldLegendary technology PR pro Maura FitzGerald has published "CEO's Guide to Shameless Self-Promotion," an e-book that helps corporate leaders become "brand stewards."
Category: Technology PR
Wed., May 20, 2015
Rim Builds Communications for AECOM
By Greg Hazley
 
heather rimHeather Rim, who leads global corporate communications for labeling giant Avery Dennison, is moving to $20B infrastructure firm AECOM in Los Angeles as chief communications officer for the Fortune 500 firm.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., May 20, 2015
Financial Journalists Bullish on Economy
By Kevin McCauley
 
Nearly three out of four (74 percent) of financial journalists are bullish on the economy, according to poll of more than 400 US-based reporters conducted by Gorkana Group
Category: Media News
Wed., May 20, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-20-2015
By Greg Hazley
 
Social Why men are retweeted more than women (Atlantic) 
Strategy The reason PR fails often goes back to before the storytelling (L. Hoffman) 
Politics Judge's order presents PR challenge for Clinton campaign(WSJ) 
Crisis How Amtrak failed the victims of train 188 (Brookings) 
Tech 7 Facebook events features coming this year and beyond(Mashable) 
Crisis Takata is not the biggest product recall in US history(Consumerist) 
EconDev 8 best practices for economic development case studies(P. Fairbrother) 
Int'l Netanyahu tightens grip on Israel's communications sector(Reuters) 
Tech Karma, the new online reputation meter (Gizmodo) 
Disclosure US government releases bin Laden trove, sans pornography (Wash Post)
Category: PR Links
Wed., May 20, 2015
Hampton Library Mulls Need for Existence
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

steve denningAn article headlined "Do We Need Libraries?" was on the agenda of the May 16 Quogue Library board meeting. "Who needs a library when it is possible, without even getting out of bed, to read almost any book or article that has ever been published?" the article began.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 20, 2015
WSJ Twits NY Times on Dropping Bridge Column
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

michael ledeenA column in the May 17 Wall Street Journahailed bridge as “this most cerebral pastime” and carried an email urging WSJ to take up the bridge column that the New York Times recently dropped after 52 years.

Category: Media News
Tue., May 19, 2015
Cisco's Earnhardt Takes Visa Comms Post
By Greg Hazley
 
john earnhardtJohn Earnhardt, a 16-year veteran of Cisco's corporate communications unit, has departed amid a CEO change there for the VP of corporate comms. slot at Visa.
Category: Corporate Communications
 
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