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Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
O'Dwyer: Review of 2014 - Economic, Racial, Media, PR Upheavals Marked the Year
By Jack O'Dwyer

midtermsIncome disparity was one of the engines driving the protests that were ignited by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. GOP victory, PR and media changes, Sony, GM and others made headlines. 

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
Ex-H&K CEO Taaffe Takes Huntsworth Helm
By Kevin McCauley
paul taaffePaul Taaffe, who served eight years at the helm of Hill & Knowlton, is taking over for Peter Chadlington, 72, as CEO of Huntsworth.
Category: PR Firms
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Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
Brands Have a Field Day With Fantasy Football
By Erika Kauffman
ESPN fantasy footballThere’s no denying that people love fantasy football. The pastime’s popularity has exploded in recent years, and the cultural fixture is now even the backdrop for a sitcom. Here’s what PR pros can do to connect with this growing market.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
What if North Korea Attacked a Toymaker Rather than Sony?
By Bill Huey
hueyWhat if North Korea attacked a maker of bobbleheads rather than high-profile Hollywood studio? The Obama Administration's response to Sony hack shows White House is woefully unprepared for cyber-war on commercial sector.
Category: Crisis Communications
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Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
Sony Bolsters PR with Crisis Guru Smith
By Greg Hazley
michael lyntonSony Pictures Entertainment has brought in crisis PR support from Smith & Co as Sony CEO Michael Lynton does a press tour to defend its decision to scuttle "The Interview" debut.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-22-2014
By Greg Hazley
2015 PRedictions (M. Bush) 
Diplomacy How baseball can help lift the Cuban embargo (P. Merchan) 
Media Rolling Stone asks CJR to review its rape story editorial process (Romenseko) 
Guru Only 33% of Dr. Oz's recommendations backed up by believable science (Consumerist) 
Sports Ray Rice in charity image makeover campaign (TMZ) 
Conspiracy Is the Sony hack attack a PR stunt? (T. Keane) 
History Hitler's Nazi Germany used an American PR agency (R. Torossian) 
Data Privacy, consumers and reputation (Inside Counsel)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
AARP Looks for PR Firm
By Kevin McCauley
AARPWashington-based AARP is looking for a PR firm to support its media outreach and events.
Category: Associations
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Sony's Guide to Not Handling a PR Crisis
By Fraser Seitel
fraser seitelThe best thing that can be said about Sony Pictures Entertainment's crisis management is that it is "consistent."
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
SKDKnick Reps Freed US Contractor
By Kevin McCauley
alan grossSKDKnickerbocker is repping Alan Gross, the jailed American contractor released by Cuba following the move to normalize diplomatic ties between it and the US.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
Communications and PR job listings on this week.
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Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-19-2014
By Greg Hazley
Crisis Judy Smith is secret PR adviser in Sony scandal (TMZ) 
Crisis 5 thoughts on communicating data breaches (C. Rooney) 
Crisis Epstein owes $103K to crisis PR firm (Page Six) 
2015 Next year in marketing, PR and buzz generation (M. Salzman)
2015 Six social media and digital comms trends for 2015 (H. Yaxley) 
2014 The best - and worst - of 2014 (K. Tarasiewicz) 
Legal Mattel PR exec sues company over alleged retaliation, discrimination (MNLA) 
Media Advertising is losing a real mensch (at least for now) (R. Janka) 
Finance Buffett reminds managers: Reputation is everything (W. Buffett) 
UK British, Muslim and want to work in PR? Brace yourself(Guardian)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
After Sochi Turmoil, Olympic Committee Tackles Sexual Orientation
By Joe Keenan
joe keenanThe International Olympic Committee adds 'sexual orientation' to its anti-discrimination code, largely in response to the 2014 "Homophobic Olympics" of Sochi, Russia.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Report: NY Times to End Ad Column
By Greg Hazley
elliottThe New York Times is weighing whether to stop its influential advertising column as Stuart Elliot penned his final piece Dec. 19, according to the New York Post's Keith Kelly.
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
McIntyre Swaps Edelman for Ketchum in DC
By Greg Hazley
william mcintryreBill McIntyre, executive VP and group head for Edelman's Washington, DC, operation, is shifting to Ketchum as a director to lead its capital office.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Weber Shandwick Catches Beefed Up Maine Lobster Account
By Greg Hazley
maineThe year-old, beefed up marketing collaborative for Maine's lobster industry has brought in Weber Shandwick to handle its integrated marketing account, spanning PR, advertising and digital/social.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Blog: Big Four TV Nets Should Rally Around Sony
By Kevin McCauley
interviewThe Big Four TV Networks should ride to Sony's rescue and broadcast "The Interview," which would attract a huge audience and build goodwill for CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
USA Today Tech Editor to Access
By Greg Hazley
nancy blairNancy Blair, technology editor for USA Today, is moving to tech firm Access Communications as VP of content in San Francisco.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Weber Shandwick Targets Tourists for Mexico City
By Kevin McCauley
mexico cityWeber Shandwick has added Mexico City Tourism to its travel and lifestyle practice.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-18-2014
By Greg Hazley
Cuba Democratic PR firm helped American freed in Cuba(Buzzfeed) 
Seasonal An IR twist on a holiday classic (A. Blazier) 
Careers Making a change within PR (NYCPRG) 
2014 Top 10 list of the worst reputations in crisis for 2014 (M. Paul)
Fashion DKNY PR girl beyond 140 characters (Forbes) 
PA Building trust with new members of Congress (A. Showalter) 
Media The New York Times' lump of coal (M. Purdue) 
Entertainment 8 Hollywood predictions for 2015 (M. Wolff) 
Crime PR exec convicted of raping woman he met online (CBC Chicago) 
B2B Why B2B marketing is more fun than B2C (R. Stevens) 
2015 5 predictions for PR in the new year (J. Mudd)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Theater Chains, With PR Support, Unite in Pulling 'The Interview'
By Greg Hazley
movieMajor US movie theater chains, some relying on outside PR counsel, individually pull the plug on Sony Pictures Entertainment's controversial film "The Interview" this week.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
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