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Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Trade Group for High Speed Traders Takes Shape
By Greg Hazley
mmiThe Modern Markets Initiative, the Washington-based trade group for the high-frequency trading sector set up by PR veterans of the Obama and Romney campaigns, has named a CEO and brought in lobbying support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-21-2014
By Greg Hazley
Tactics Newsjacking: You're doing it wrong (G. Laskoski) 
Longread The Witness - PR pro's job to witness executions takes its toll (Texas Monthly) 
Denial Have you tried the Rob Ford guide to crisis comms. yet? (S. Agrell) 
Corporate Cadillac considers moving some functions to Manhattan(Reuters) 
Tech Anonymous apps are the future (A. Hutchison) 
Tech 4 ways start-ups can build relationships with reporters (C. Kennedy) 
Media Tug of war b/t White House and journos in defining transparency (L. Hoffman)
Q&A Starting a PR firm (Cision)
Environmental Solar thermal plants have a PR problem - birds catching on fire (Esquire) 
Food/Bev Pizza Hut hopes new product PR will change trends (R. Torossian) 
Social Social Media Quiz: The Intermediate Answers (T. Sabourin) 
Int'l Foley murder was Islamic State masterclass in power of jihadi PR machine (Telegraph) 
RFP Clackamas County (Oregon) Tourism PR (PDF)
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Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Solomon: To Censor or Publish Beheading Photos
By Arthur Solomon
herald sunMost people would agree that heavy-handed censorship by a governing entity is anti-democratic. But what about self-censorship, which is now in the news because of the horrific beheading by ISIS of journalist James Wright Foley?
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Chicago Pension Fund Wants PR Education
By Greg Hazley
ctpfThe $10.8B dollar pension fund is calling on PR firms to develop a media relations strategy for local, regional and national outreach.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
1986 O'Dwyer's PR Firm Rankings - #tbt
By Greg Hazley
rankingsFor Throw Back Thursday, take a look at the 1986 O'Dwyer's PR Firm Rankings as Hill+Knowlton led the charge with just over $100M in billings.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Nevada Reviews Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
nevadaNevada is in the final days of accepting proposals for its tourism marketing account, handled by Burson-Marsteller until July.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
FTI Woos Weber Shandwick PA Head in London
By Greg Hazley
alex deaneAlex Deane, head of public affairs for Weber Shandwick and a former aide to now-Prime Minister David Cameron, is moving to FTI Consulting's strategic communications operation as managing director in London.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Mary Kay Casts Webb to Lead Comms, CSR
By Greg Hazley
crayton webbCrayton Webb, a Dallas TV journalist turned PR pro, has taken the reins of corporate communications and CSR for beauty products direct marketing giant Mary Kay.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
PR Firm Aiding Ferguson Responds to Industry Critics
By Denise Bentele
denise betelePresident & CEO of Common Ground Public Relations discusses the firm's work with Ferguson, Mo., and criticism that has flowed from PR industry colleagues.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Uber Taps for Plouffe
By Kevin McCauley
david plouffeUber taxi-hailing app has tapped David Plouffe, campaign mastermind of Barack Obama's two presidential wins, in its continued effort to bolster its image and hurdle regulatory roadblocks.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-20-2014
By Greg Hazley
Digital The new rules of digital culture (T. Hunt) 
Demos Tips for communicating with Millennials (R. Pritchard) 
Lists Top PR agencies for start-ups: 2014 edition (Agency Post) 
Content Fanta attempts to reach teens with Vine-based comedy series (Lost Remote)
Brands 'I Will' v 'Just Do It: The Under Armour success story (D. Aaker) 
Measurement Six measurement practices PR pros can borrow from marketers (FutureBuzz) 
Stunts 'Ice Bucket' latest in a lively line of stunts (D. Bedell) 
Viral 3 tactical elements that made the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' a viral success (S. Skerik) 
EconDev Why Massachusetts' plans for economic dev could (and should) blaze a trail for other states (Inc)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Blog: NFL Greed Sacks its PR
By Kevin McCauley

goodellGreed, avarice and tone-deaf to PR come to mind with reports that the NFL wants to turn the Super Bowl halftime show into a "pay for play" situation so it can pour more gilt into its already swollen coffers.

Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Al Jazeera to Gore: 'Take a Hike'
By Kevin McCauley
al jazeeraAl Jazeera America rejected allegations lodged by Al Gore that he was gored in the $500M sale of Current TV to the Arab-owned satellite TV network.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Texas, Utah Seek Overseas PR Firms for Tourism
By Greg Hazley
utah, texasTexas and Utah have released multiple RFPs to handle tourism PR in overseas markets from Europe to Asia.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Dentsu Nabs IPG Exec for Americas PR
By Greg Hazley
belle lenzBelle Lenz, VP of global communications for IPG Mediabrands, has moved to rival Dentsu Aegis Network as regional director of communications for the Americas, a new role based in New York.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
O'Dwyer's Files Antitrust Complaints vs PRSA
By Jack ODwyer

eric schneidermanViolations of New York State Antitrust Law by PR Society of America, including interference with competition and enforcing press boycotts, have been brought to the attention of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Ferguson PR Winners/Losers
By Fraser Seitel

seitelBeyond that human tragedy of Ferguson, Mo., lies a nightmare of bad judgments and wrong decisions that hold PR lessons for any public official who finds him/herself enmeshed in a similar cauldron.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
WWD Runs Away from Conde Nast
By Kevin McCauley

wwdConde Nast is unloading its Fairchild Fashion Media trade magazine group, which is spearhead by Women's Wear Daily, to Penske Media Corp. in $100M deal.

Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Ferguson Relies on Common Ground for PR Amid Unrest
By Greg Hazley
Common Ground PRThe City of Ferguson, Mo., under control of the Missouri National Guard after days of protests and unrest following a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, has brought in an outside PR firm to keep up with the crush of media inquiries and coverage.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-19-2014
By Greg Hazley
Food/Bev McDonald's confronts its junk food image as sales flag(C. Choi) 
Crisis Waffling lands PR firm Edelman in hot water (Guardian) 
Crisis Barometer rising: Edelman PR and trust (S. Israel) 
PA The VA's unreachable press shop (The Blaze) 
Measurement Don't call it 'measurement,' and 5 more ways to find the money for it (K. Paine) 
Careers If I interview for a social media post at a PR firm, what should I read? (Quora) 
PR 101 Reputation Management 101: Don't attack competitors(BGPR) 
Media NY Post comes up with biggest troll read of the summer(Slate) 
Careers The apprentice route to communications (J. Genova) 
RFP City of Lexington (KY), PR consultants (link)
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