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Noble Energy Taps FTI as Tension Mounts in Mediterranean
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nobleNoble Energy, which has major holdings offshore Cyprus, hires FTI Consulting as Turkey stakes claim in the region.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Media Strike Fear
By Kevin Foley
 
Kevin FoleyWhen did America -- the greatest, richest, most militarily powerful nation mankind has ever known -- start quaking in our boots over a bunch of psychopaths dressed in black who butcher their helpless victims in the back of beyond?
Category: PR Commentary
 
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wtcThe US Army's Warrior Transition Command is mulling plans to enlist outside strategic communications support for its Warrior Care and Transition Program, encompassing units located at major military treatment facilities that treat and advise wounded and ill soldiers through the rehabilitation and medical care process.
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Brands Should the NFL abandon pink? (S. Dietze) 
Social Inside Pinterest: The coming ad colossus that could dwarf Twitter and Facebook (Forbes) 
Careers Why 'I hate math' is a PR pro's sentence (E. Valentine)
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Corporate As activist investors gain strength, boards surrender demands (NY Times) 
PR 101 Picture perfect placement (S. Bustamante) 
Int'l How Russia's regions lag behind PR in Moscow by 10 years(Lewis) 
Int'l Why Myanmar is a marketer's dream and nightmare (MI)
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Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Harper Trades Cleveland for Denver Schools PR Post
By Greg Hazley
 
maureen harperMaureen Harper, chief of communications for the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, is moving to the Denver Public Schools as chief communications officer.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Ogilvy's Graves to Chair Council of PR Firms
By Greg Hazley
 

chris gravesOgilvy chairman and former global CEO Christopher Graves was elected chairman of the Council of PR Firms for 2015 and will take the reins from FleishmanHillard chief Dave Senay.

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Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Obama Names Politico Ebola Czar
By Kevin McCauley
 
ron klainPresident Obama, pressured by Democrats and Republican over the shaky federal response to the Ebola virus, today named Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Biden and ex-VP Gore, as Ebola czar.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Ebola: Caught in an Information Vortex
By Richard Nicolazzo
 
Richard NicolazzoAfter systematic and operational failures to deal with the Ebola crisis, crisis communicaitons is left holding the bag.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
CBS Unveils Digital Subscription Service, HBO to Follow
By Greg Hazley
 
hboCBS Corp. has launched a $5.99-per-month digital streaming service, providing users current and previous-season TV series, local CBS stations from the top markets live, and classic shows on-demand.
Category: Media News
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Martha Stewart Outsources Mag to Meredith
By Greg Hazley
 
msloMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia has struck a 10-year deal with magazine giant Meredith Corp. to publish Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, as well as web properties and a large video library.
Category: Media News
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Burson Aids Texas Ebola Hospital
By Greg Hazley
 
texas healthThe Texas hospital where a patient died from Ebola and two healthcare workers contracted the deadly disease has brought in Burson-Marsteller for crisis PR support.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
NJ Town Rocked By Football Hazing Taps Crisis PR
By Greg Hazley
 
sayreThe Sayreville School District in New Jersey is working with Abernathy MacGregor Group on crisis communications as administrators cope with a football hazing scandal drawing national attention.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Embattled Cyber Charter School Invites PR Pitches
By Greg Hazley
 
cyberEleven thousand-student, $100M cyber charter school has cast a net for PR proposals after a high-profile criminal probe and calls for reform.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-16-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Crisis GoPro may pursue legal action against journalist for false crash accusations (Forbes) 
Entertainment Taylor Swift, public relations genius (Wash Post) 
Crisis Whisper app hits Guardian piece, threatens paper (Daily Dot) 
M&A PR firm league tables Q1-Q3 (The Deal) 
Crisis White House shifts to crisis mode on Ebola (Reuters) 
Public Diplo US under secretary talks diplomacy (Daily Trojan) 
Social How targeting consumers' emotional subconscious can improve social media performance (H. Schroder) 
Speech Richard Edelman slates Univ. of Kentucky lecture (UK) 
Media CBS launches subscription streaming service (LR) 
RFP NH school district PR (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Tough Times Ahead for Sports PR
By Arthur Solomon
 
arthur solomonThe end of the media's self-censoring of bad news about athletes and teams that they cover will take the reputation of sports down a couple more notches.
Category: Sports
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Catskills Region Opens PR Search
By Greg Hazley
 

catskillsNew York's Greene County, which pitches the "Great Northern Catskills" region of the Empire State, is on the hunt for tourism and PR marketing counsel.

Category: RFPs
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Brown Univ Begins Search for PA Chief
By Greg Hazley
 
marisa quinnBrown University has kicked off a search for a VP of public affairs and university relations as current VP Marisa Quinn is slated to move into a new role at the Ivy League institution's Watson Institute for International Studies.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
Dobrow to mun2 as VP, Comms
By Greg Hazley
 
peter dobrowExecutive director of corporate communications for Comcast Corp. is moving to NBCUNiversal-owned Hispanic cable network mun2 as VP, communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
PRSA CEO Joins in 2015 from Three Trade Groups
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

joseph truncaleJoseph Truncale, who "joins" PRSA as CEO, a release said yesterday, actually won't arrive until January. He is from a merger of three printing, mailing and fulfillment trade groups (AMSP, NAPL and NAQP).

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