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Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Former H+K Health Practice Head to Inventiv Health
By Greg Hazley
susan thieleAgency vet who led Hill+Knowlton's New York and US health practices before leaving the firm in September lands at Inventiv Health as executive VP in its Chamberlain Healthcare PR and Shared Voice PR operations.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Blog: Networks Stiff Obama, Lose Ratings 'Hit'
By Kevin McCauley
obamaBy boycotting President Obama's speech this evening on immigration, the TV networks are missing a potential ratings hit. Does anybody care how many pounds will be dropped on tonight's "The Biggest Loser?"
Category: Government
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Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
UN To Spin Off News Agency
By Kevin McCauley
irinThe United Nations plans a 2015 re-launch of its Irin humanitarian news agency as an independent non-profit organization.
Category: Media News
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Monument Promotes Starbucks' Social Initiatives
By Kevin McCauley
flocStarbucks has hired Monument Policy Group to work Capitol Hill in support of its veteran transition and affordable college initiatives.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
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Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Tech's Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunity
By Peter Prodromou
Peter ProdromouTechnology companies have long focused on the next great innovation, offering greater access at faster speeds, with more relevance and glint. However, the tech industry is missing an opportunity to innovate in another arena: being the first practitioners of real corporate social responsibility.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
CPI Blog Shames 'No Comment' Officials
By Greg Hazley
CPIThe Center for Public Integrity has created a blog to list officials in public and private institutions who refuse to comment to reporters.
Category: Media News
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Leno Drops Gun Industry Gig After Pressure
By Greg Hazley
jay lenoJay Leno has withdrawn from an appearance at a major gun industry event in January after pressure from anti-gun violence groups.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Joele Frank in $66B Actavis-Allergan Deal
By Greg Hazley
actavis, allerganAllergan is working with Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher on the PR front of its $66B acquisition by Dublin-based Actavis.
Category: M&A
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 11-20-2014
By Greg Hazley
Careers The next generation communications professional (A. Cohen) 
Internal How to build better relations with employees (H. Yaxley)
Social Are Twitter chats dead? (A. Miller) 
Content Why bloggers need an editorial calendar (S. Ehrlich) 
Crisis Richard Branson's stellar response to Galactic failure (RBG)
Editorial High PR bill shows wrong approach at UNC-Chapel Hill (News Observer) 
Crisis Does Bill Cosby need a more digitally savvy PR team? (R. Manjur) 
Crisis Uber's PR problem — and how to fix it (S. Tobak) 
Crisis The big PR lesson from Uber's misstep this week(AccessPR)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Cornish Takes B-M/US COO Post
By Kevin McCauley
cornishNicole Cornish, CEO of Direct Impact grassroots operation, has shifted into the COO slot at Burson-Marsteller's US region, a new position.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Palestinians Ink $660K Pact With Squire Patton Boggs
By Kevin McCauley
PAThe Palestinian Authority has signed a $55K monthly retainer representation contract with Squire Patton Boggs to review US funding promises and review economic relationship with Israel.
Category: Foreign government
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Cooney/Waters Group Rebrands
By Kevin McCauley
cooney watersCooney/Waters Group is now Cooney Waters Unlimited as parent company UK-based Creston plc unveils the Creston Unlimited umbrella to join its various operating units.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Why Voters Donít Give a Damn
By Arthur Solomon

"Solomon’s Theory of Segmented Politics" offers the only explanation of dismal voter turnout and massive election turnoff.  You're welcome.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Richert Cops Media Maven Post at Golin
By Kevin McCauley
ryan richertRyan Richert will join Golin as executive director of global media on Jan. 1, responsible for talent across the Interpublic's network.
Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Bellicum Gets IR, PR Counsel Ahead of IPO
By Greg Hazley
bellicumTrout Group is providing IR counsel to Bellicum Pharmaceuticals as the Houston-based biotech company eyes an initial public offering worth up to $115M.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Think Consumer When Marketing B2B Technology
By Gene Carozza
Gene CarozzaIt’s a great time to be in technology PR, and sure, these new tactics, tools and technologies are valuable, but when it comes to  99% of the tech world — the B2Bs  — who face small budgets, limited resources and a dogfight to gain visibility in a crowded space, the basics appear to remain the same. Or do they?
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Ernie Sando, ex-Georgeson and H&K, Dies at 64
By Jack O'Dwyer

sandoErnest “Ernie” Sando, 64, who was at Georgeson and Co., New York, from 1979-82 and 1987-2000, when he joined Hill and Knowlton, died Oct. 31 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Category: Obituary
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Fed Mortgage Refinance Push Sticks with PN for PR
By Greg Hazley
HARP.govThe five-year-old federal program to aid homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth will continue with Porter Novelli at the helm of its ongoing PR push as a key deadline was extended through the end of 2015.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Qorvis' Blewitt to Story Partners in DC
By Greg Hazley
carrie blewittManaging director for Qorvis MSLGroup moves to Story Partners as a senior VP for the Washington-based PA shop of Gloria Dittus.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 11-19-2014
By Greg Hazley
Feature NY Observer's 2014 PR Power List coverage (NY Observer)
Crisis Uber's reputation goes Plouffe (Recode) 
Consumer We guess PR Barbie can't use email any better than computer engineer Barbie (Consumerist) 
Crisis Uber's PR missteps aren't hurting business, yet... (CNBC) 
Media PR's house of media cards (P. Himler) 
Accreditation Are you missing out by not being accredited in PR?(S. Wood)
Photos Snapshots of PR firms' office space (PR Council) 
Media Matt Lauer was behind firing of top 'Today' exec (NY Post) 
Media Relations NY Times tech writer shares hatemail from tech exec (M. Isaac) 
Infographic Social video starter guide for PR pros (I. Serrano)
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