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Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Hamlet on the Potomac Diminishes US
By Kevin McCauley
 

obamaWhile Ukraine sends its ragtag army to retake the east from thinly disguised Russian special forces, Hamlet on the Potomac reviews America’s options on dealing with Vladimir Putin’s land grab.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Sard, Joele Frank in GrafTech Proxy Showdown
By Greg Hazley
 
graftechGrafTech, a publicly traded Ohio-based graphite and steel producer, and an ousted board member of the company have engaged outside PR counsel as a public clash heads to a proxy battle next month.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Raytheon's Strubhar Flies to Qorvis MSL
By Greg Hazley
 
keith strubharKeith Strubhar, a corporate and agency PA pro, has left Raytheon for a senior VP post at Qorvis MSLGroup in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Bechtel Rapped for US Ambassador Hire
By Kevin McCauley
 
christopher dellA top European Union diplomat has rapped engineering/construction giant Bechtel for hiring a U.S. ambassador who lobbied for building a controversial $1B so-called “Patriot Highway” though Kosovo to Albania, according to an article in today’s Guardian.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Colorado Uncorks RFP for Wine Marketing
By Greg Hazley
 

wineThe trade group for Colorado wine producers has uncorked an RFP to promote the state's growing wine industry to consumers in Colorado and across the country.

Category: RFPs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
PMK-BNC Acquires Spokes, Forms Digital Unit
By Greg Hazley
 
pmkEntertainment PR and marketing powerhouse PMK-BNC has acquired San Francisco social marketing shop Spokes Labs and formed a digital operation dubbed Vowel.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
O'Dwyer Rebuts 35-Count PRSA Indictment
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Stephanie Cegielski, VP-PR of PRSA, has cited, as a reason for denying us membership in the Society, the 35 charges that were in a 23-page document dated Sept. 1, 2011. It “clearly lays out why you are unfit to be a member of our organization,” she said in an e-mail April 11.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Digital You think you want a digital campaign? You're wrong (D. Tisch)
Gen Y What we all thought about millennials is actually true (M. Brito) 
TV Agency lessons from Mad Men's season premiere (J. Morgan) 
Energy Keystone XL opposition takes to the ground (J. Horton) 
Tech The next big social network does not exist (C. Penn) 
Data Tips on how to tell compelling, data-driven stories (T. Krajsic)
Crime Prostitutes turn publicist's Airbnb apartment into brothel (NY Post)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Notre Dame's Frick Dies at 89
By Kevin McCauley
 
frickJim Frick, one-time VP-PR for Notre Dame and the first lay officer at the Catholic institution, is dead at 89. He passed April 9 at his home in Naples, FL.
Category: Obituary
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Warner PR Exec to Rep Taylor Swift in New Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
tree paineTree Paine, senior VP of publicity for Warner Music Nashville, will leave the record label to start Premium PR next month with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift as her first client.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
GM Ousts Communications Chief
By Greg Hazley
 

selim bingolSelim Bingol, senior VP of global communications and public policy for General Motors, is leaving the company amid its ongoing recall crisis.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Book Review: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You
By Kevin McVicker
 
not coolIn his latest book, Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You, Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News Channel’s "Red Eye" and co-host of "The Five," posits that Americans are facing an onslaught of beliefs and attitudes that many people find offensive or laughable.
Category: Book Review
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Editorial - But Not PR Contacts - Are Readily Available
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

servicesIt’s “open season” for PR people on editors via services like Vocus, Cision, PR Newswire and BusinessWire. But memberships of PR groups are a closely guarded secret.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
TK Sings PR Tune for Johnny Rockets
By Kevin McCauley
 
johnny rocketsAtlanta’s Trevelino/Keller has picked up the more than 300 unit-Johnny Rockets restaurant for marketing and B2B support.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Health Insurance Industry Spokesman to Exit for PhRMA
By Greg Hazley
 
robert zirkelbackRobert Zirkelbach, who guided communications for the health insurance sector through the legislative battle and rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is moving to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America as senior VP of communications next month.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
Colorado Postpones Social Media Pitch Amid PR Review
By Greg Hazley
 
coloradoColorado's tourism entity has postponed a competitive pitch process to handle its social media account.
Category: Social Media
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
NH Seeks PR Help for Fraught Medicaid Expansion
By Greg Hazley
 
hassanThe Granite State is reaching out for PR agency help as it implements the vaguely named New Hampshire Health Protection Program, the state's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act passed with a fragile bi-partisan alliance in Concord.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
Hiltzik Handles J&R Post-Mortem
By Kevin McCauley
 
J&RConnected PR counselor Matthew Hiltzik is handling the shutdown of the legendary J&R electronics/camera/music store in downtown Manhattan.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
Interactive Ads Top TV Revenues For First Time
By Kevin McCauley
 
iabInteractive advertising revenues for the first time surpassed annual broadcast television sales in 2013, powered by a 6.7 percent rise to a record $42.8B, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Broadcasters chalked up $40.1B in revenues during the past year.
Category: Media News
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
Patton Grabs Gabon
By Kevin McCauley
 
Gabon, the prosperous African country of 1.5M people, has signed a $50K monthly retainer agreement with Patton Boggs. 
Category: Lobbying
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