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Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Banks on Outreach Help
By Greg Hazley
cfpbThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal watchdog for the banking sector created by the Dodd-Frank Act, is dangling a three-year contract for content about consumer or personal finance to educate the public about financial products and services.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Former Conn. Gov. Aide Teams with Bloomberg Alum
By Kevin McCauley
andrew dobaAndrew Doba, who was communications director to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, has joined New York City-based Stu Loeser & Co. to expand into the Nutmeg State.
Category: Public Affairs
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Porter Novelli Seats Cea in Global Consumer Role
By Greg Hazley
christina ceaChristine Cea, a Porter Novelli alum and senior director of marketing communications for Unilever, has returned to PN to head its global consumer practice in a new post.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-30-2015
By Greg Hazley
PR The many deaths of public relations (J. Kail) 
Healthcare Canada puts medical marijuana firm in PR scandal under review (G&M) 
Corporate Comcast is having a terrible week (Consumerist) 
PR 101 Journalist-turned-PR pro gives secrets to dealing with the media (ABJ) 
IR What's in, what's out for IR in 2015 (A. Blazier) 
Super Bowl Should Marshawn Lynch have to speak to the press?(Wash Post) 
Super Bowl 25 more Super Bowl party rules (J. Gay) 
Super Bowl McDonald's lets you pay for food with lovin' (ABC News) 
Food/Bev 3 lessons learned from a PR wine newbie (L. Schultz) 
Fashion Jones NY to close stores and seek 'strategic alternatives'(Bloomberg)
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Ambrosini Directs NYU Strategic Comms Program
By Greg Hazley
angela-ambrosiniAngela Ambrosini, creative/marketing director for the American Camp Association, has been named director of NYU's School of Professional Studies Strategic Communication, Marketing and Media Management programs.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Citizens United, Five Years Later
By Jon Gingerich
kochJanuary marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling that deregulated corporate campaign spending, and five years later, a shockingly tight-knit cadre of wealthy industrialists now plays a markedly pronounced role in shaping our elections and selecting our future leaders. Who knew?
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Epicomm Is New Name of Three Printing Trade Groups
By Jack O'Dwyer
epicommEpicomm is the new name of three printing/mailing trade groups that had employed Joseph Truncale, who joined PR Society of America Jan. 12 as CEO.
Category: Trade Associations
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
H+K Works to Cut Environmental Footprint
By Robert Ludke
robert ludkeHill+Knowlton Strategies moves to reduce environmental footprint and studies how to communicate that information to its key audiences.
Category: Environmental PR
Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Conde Nast To Write Stories for Advertisers
By Kevin McCauley

conde nastConde Nast has unveiled 23 Stories by Conde Nast, copy shot, to develop content for its advertising partners.

Category: Media News
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Sorini Samet Signs Bahrain EconDev Pact
By Kevin McCauley
bahrainSorini Samet & Assocs. has inked a one-year $120K pact with Bahrain's Economic Development Board to handle provisions of its free trade pact with the US.
Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Private Equity Giant Sues PR Exec Over Alleged Leaks
By Greg Hazley
suitPrivate equity firm TPG Global has sued its former global head of public affairs, Adam Levine, alleging in federal court that the former Bush White House spokesman took confidential documents and threatened to disclose information to the press to harm the firm.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Blog: Welcome to Vladimir's World
By Kevin McCauley
bookIn his new book, Peter Pomerantsev outlines Vladimir Putin's dark vision of globalization, in which Russia plays off each faction against each other in order to gain advantage of the decadent West.
Category: Government
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Cosmo Alum Takes Lippe Taylor Content Post
By Kevin McCauley
abby gardnerLippe Taylor, known for its beauty, fashion and lifestyle work, has named Abby Gardner to the newly created VP-content post.
Category: Beauty & Fashion PR
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
FitzGibbon Opens in UK with Oliver Stone Aide
By Kevin McCauley
suzie-gilbertFitzGibbon Media, the DC-based progressive firm, puts former aide to filmmaker Oliver Stone in charge of new London outpost.
Category: International
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-29-2015
By Greg Hazley
Astroturf Politicians support Comcast-TWC merger with letters written by Comcast PR (Verge) 
Corporate The man attempting to repair GoDaddy's sexist reputation (Fast Co) 
Healthcare Oscar winning health (K. Mohring) 
Social How brands can intercept the Super Bowl - one tweet at a time (M. Lizun) 
Punctuation One typo brought down a 124-year-old company(BI) 
PA Gov. Mike Pence distances himself from state-run news agency (Indy Star) 
RFP PR for Houston Housing Authority (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Courier Gets PR Help in Acquisition Battle
By Greg Hazley
courierCourier Corp., the publicly traded, Massachusetts-based book publishing giant, is relying on Joele Frank for PR support amid a burgeoning acquisition battle.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Energy Sector Needs to Step Up its PR
By Renzi Stone
renzi stoneReeling from plummeting gas prices, energy companies need to educate public that robust commodity prices drive economic opportunity for all and support local communities.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Next Fifteen to Raise $6.5M for Acquisitions
By Greg Hazley
nfNext Fifteen Communications Group, citing strong growth, particularly in the US, said it will sell more than three million shares to raise £4.3M ($6.5M) for digital acquisitions and investments in the US and UK.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
'The Interview,' 'Lego Movie,' 'Selma' Among Top Movie PR Award Nominees
By Greg Hazley
interviewThe International Cinematographers Guild has nominated Sony's "The Interview" among five other films for its coveted top award for studio publicity.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Obama Alum Opens LA Outpost for SKDKnick
By Kevin McCauley
bill burtonBill Burton, who was national press secretary for Obama 2008 and White House deputy press secretary during the president's first term is opening a Los Angeles office for SKDKnickerbocker.
Category: Public Affairs
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