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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
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Fenton Sells Out
By Kevin McCauley
david fentonDavid Fenton has sold Fenton Communications, a leading progressive PR firm, after a 33-year run.
Category: PR Firms
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Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Hacked Sony Relies on Rubenstein
By Greg Hazley
sonySony Pictures Entertainment is leaning on Rubenstein Communications as it faces the unprecedented cyber attack and publication of its internal communications and intellectual property.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Bankruptcy Trustee Objects to Sale of Bulldog Reporter Assets
By Greg Hazley
bulldogA federal bankruptcy trustee has objected to Bulldog Reporter parent Sirius Information's plans to sell assets to a Canadian information company, claiming Sirius president Jim Sinkinson has a conflict as an interested party in the sale.
Category: PR Services
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White House Alum Wants His MTV
By Kevin McCauley

ronnie choRonnie Cho, who as associate director of public engagement at the White House, is the new VP-PA at Viacom's MTV.

Category: Media News
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Blog: NYT Makes Blockbuster Pope Francis/Fido/Heaven Correction
By Kevin McCauley
timesNew York Times enjoys a big plate of crow with correction of blockbuster front-page article about Pope Francis' belief that dogs and cats go to heaven.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Hiding Public Pension Fees is Bad PR for Private Equity
By Matthew Sheahan
sheahanA push by private equity firms to keep fees paid by public pensions undisclosed is bad PR. Venture capital's compromise should be a model for disclosure. 
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
NYT Wields Ax
By Kevin McCauley
The New York Times, with plan to cut 21 more staffers, will exceed original job cut total, says Newspaper Guild.
Category: Media News
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Sard Drives PR for Embattled Airbag Maker Takata
By Greg Hazley
takataTakata Corp., the airbag maker enmeshed in a massive recall over exploding inflators, has hired Sard Verbinnen & Co to guide communications after criticism over its weak response to the crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Cracker Barrel Wants to Hear from PR Firms
By Greg Hazley
cracker barrelEatery chain Cracker Barrel has put out a feeler for PR firms as it mulls a search process for an agency of record assignment.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Magazine Closures Soar in 2014
By Greg Hazley
magsThe number of magazines closing soared nearly 77% in 2014 as 99 titles shuttered this year, compared with 56 closures in 2013.
Category: Media News
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-16-2014
By Greg Hazley
Crisis Seth Rogen, James Franco cancel media appearances(Variety) 
2014 The 13 biggest brand fails of 2014 (Adweek) 
2014 The worst PR fails of 2014 (Inc) 
Video Why Sony 'black eye' won't go away: crisis manager(CNBC) 
Firms Ditch your agency's process (E. Lacy) 
Media Study: How media advanced 'war on coal' narrative(MediaMatters)
Cosby No, Camille Cosby, media's handling Bill Cosby allegations isn't like UVA (Wash Post) 
FoodBev Why does McDonald's have such a hard time wooing Millennials? (Consumerist) 
PR 101 How to deal with travel writers - bloggers v journalists(HuffPost)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Changing Florida Health Exchange Moves PR Account After Conflict
By Greg Hazley
healthchoicesFlorida's state-run health insurance exchange, first launched as an alternative to the federal exchange, has moved its PR account to Tallahassee-based On 3 PR after four years with Salter Mitchell.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
MA Seeks Firm for Boston Bombing Victim, Witness Outreach
By Greg Hazley
massMassachusetts is on the hunt for a digitally savvy agency to guide an education and outreach campaign aimed at victims and witnesses of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
5W Handles $72M High School Senior Fraudster
By Kevin McCauley
5W Public Relations handles Manhattan high school senior who deceived press about earning $72M through stock trades made at lunch breaks.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
China's BlueFocus Acquires Citizen Relations
By Kevin McCauley
China's BlueFocus Communications has acquired Citizen Relations, which has more than 200 staffers in the US, Canada and UK.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Blog: Sony's Boneheaded Move to Muzzle Press
By Kevin McCauley
sonySony Corp. has bigger issues than picking fight with media over disclosures of embarrassing emails and gossipy Hollywood tidbits.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-15-2014
By Greg Hazley
Future Will PR automation put you out of a job? (K. Duggan) 
Measurement A press hit is worth what? The truth behind media relations ROI (J. Kail) 
Corporate What Uber's Sydney surge pricing debacle says out its image (I. Lapowsky) 
Environment Greenpeace stunt may have damaged Peru's Heritage site (i09) 
Finance Eight things I wish for Wall St. (M Lewis) 
Data A wave of PR data (J. Harris) 
Entertainment Movie marketing comes to LinkedIn (N. Hobson) 
Media The Sony hack and the Yellow Press (A. Sorkin) 
Media Why did the NY Times pile on The New Republic? (L. Hoffman) 
Social 'Game of Thrones' was most talked about show on Facebook in 2014 (LR)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Steinreich Joins Steinreich
By Kevin McCauley
Ariella Steinreich has joined Steinreich Communications of Fort Lee (NJ) as media relations director.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
MSLGroup vs. Abernathy McGregor in Fight for Recall
By Kevin McCauley
recallMSLGroup is handling US media for Recall Holdings, which today rejected as inadequate a $1.8B takeover bid by document management rival Iron Mountain, which uses Abernathy MacGregor.
Category: Financial Management
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