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Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Ringling Bros. Phases Out Elephants; PETA Pops Champagne Corks
By Kevin McCauley
 
elephantsFeld Entertainment today announced it would phase out elephants at its three Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus units by 2018 due to "shifting consumer preferences."
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Marriott's Matthews Eyes Congressional Run
By Kevin McCauley
 
matthewsKathleen Matthews, Marriott International executive VP/chief global & communications/PA officer and wife of MSNBC's Chris Matthews, plans run for Congress.
Category: Corporate Communications
 
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By Greg Hazley
 
sydney emberNew York Times DealBook reporter Sydney Ember is taking over the paper's advertising and marketing beat.
Category: Media News
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Brunswick Group Crafts Etsy IPO Communications
By Greg Hazley
 
etsyHandmade goods marketplace Etsy has brought in Brunswick Group as it slates an initial public offering.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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Review 'Merchants of Doubt,' separating science from spin (NY Times) 
Experience How to be better at PR (T. Lee) 
Social BuzzFeed's record-breaking Obama video due to earned media, not social (PBS) 
Corporate The CEO reputation premium study (Forbes) 
Fallout Netanyahu's image soars, Obama to blame (G. Matusky)
Social Is this the end for Google+? (T. Sabourin) 
Releases Agency allegedly wins new business (Adweek) 
Measurement The ever-changing ROI of PR (T. Barokas) 
Campaigns Dove's #SpeakBeautiful campaign sticks post-Oscars(Adweek) 
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Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Cancer Diagnostic Company Seeks Agency
By Greg Hazley
 
diagnosticMolecular diagnostic testing company of a major upstate New York cancer center is looking for a brand marketing diagnosis.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Bell Pottinger Bolsters Consumer Unit
By Kevin McCauley
 
john rivettBell Pottinger has named John Rivett, a former deputy chief of H+K's London office, managing director of its consumer practice.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Lack Leaves BBG
By Kevin McCauley
 
andrew lackAndrew Lack, who became the first CEO and director at the Broadcasting Board of Governors in January, has resigned to pave the way for his return to NBC News.
Category: Media News
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
FTI Adds Two Energy Comms Pros
By Greg Hazley
 
ftiKristina Moore, senior counsel for the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Brian Grove, a public and private sector energy advisor, have joined FTI Consulting as a managing directors in its energy & natural resources unit.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015
Greenwich Cross Came Down; So Should Eruv
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

greenwichA federal court ruled in 1985 that a cross of lights on a Greenwich firehouse during Christmas time had to come down because it was too "religious." Same principle should apply to eruvim in Westhampton Beach and elsewhere.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Toyota Ups PR Chief Hamp as First Female Exec
By Greg Hazley
 
julie hampToyota is promoting North American communications chief Julie Hamp to managing officer of the automaker.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Hall Helms M&C Saatchi PR US
By Greg Hazley
 
laura hallLondon-based M&C Saatchi has installed agency vet Laura Hall as managing director of its PR operation's US headquarters in New York.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
CFA Institute's Costa Heads Rooney's Digital Unit
By Greg Hazley
 
len costaLen Costa, global head of communications and content strategy for the CFA Institute, has moved to Rooney & Associates Communications as managing director for the New York-based financial firm.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Ketchum Wins LA Marathon
By Kevin McCauley
 
marathonKetchum Sports & Entertainment has won the competitive pitch for the LA Marathon and US track & field championship.
Category: Sports
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Blog: Social Media = Shameless Self-Promotion
By Kevin McCauley
 
Maura FitzGerald has developed one of the best definitions of social media, simply calling it "shameless self-promotion."
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 3-04-2015
By Greg Hazley
 

PR McKinsey's advice for the PR industry (J. Bean)
Trends What is slow PR? (E. Fedlman)
Retort PR's death has been greatly exaggerated (S. Cody)
Infographic 10 traits of talented PR pros (TPC)
Dark Arts The Merchants of Doubt: The PR firms giving you cancer (Daily Beast)
Case Study A tiny college offers PR crisis lesson businesses should study (S. Willyerd)
Sports A-Rod's PR comeback (L. Hoffman)
PA Digital public affairs in a nutshell (J. Landfried)
Astroturf NRA-backed group aims to save elephants, kill them later (Deadspin)
Astroturf Dr. Evil is defending Big Oil (Grist)
Int'l Why it's so hard to stop ISIS propaganda (Atlantic)
Sports A lesson in athlete media relations (Globe & Mail)
Damage Control Clinton spokesman circulates pro-Foundation talking points (Capital NY)
Crisis How Hillary can end the email and foreign donor scandals (R. Fournier)
Politics Gibbs: Clinton's use of private emails 'highly unusual' (Politico)
Cuba US publicist wins Havana Cigar Festival (Cuba News)

Category: PR Links
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Grayling's Gay to Levick
By Greg Hazley
 
gayTim Gay, a senior VP at Grayling, author and former Capitol Hill press secretary, has moved to Levick in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Registered Dietitian Joins MWW
By Kevin McCauley
 
sarah lewisSarah Lewis, a registered dietitian, has joined MWW's consumer practice as manager of nutritional communications.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Nelson Dials Up PR for Syfy, Chiller Networks
By Greg Hazley
 
nelsonKatherine Nelson, senior VP of communications for NBCUniversal's Esquire Network, has dialed up the media conglomerate's Syfy and Chiller networks in that same title.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Mar. 4, 2015
Obama Wants to Revamp Radio and TV Marti
By Kevin McCauley
 
martiThe Obama Administration wants to turn Radio and TV Marti, the US-controlled broadcaster of news/information to Cuba, into a 'private, non-profit' organization.
Category: Public Diplomacy
 
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