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Trump’s Last Gasp on Public Relations ‘Hope’

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser Seitel Interim communications director Hope Hicks may have just assumed the toughest communications job on the planet, but there’s no way she could do any worse than her predecessor.

Women of Color Discuss Barriers to Advancement

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

By Steve Barnes

The barriers blocking women of color from top positions in PR were the subject of a spirited panel discussion at the 2017 ColorComm Conference in Miami.

Feds Say Calling Beer 'America' Is O.K.

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Tom HogueU.S. Treasury Dept., in an email to odwyerpr.com, which had said “America” on Budweiser beer bottles appeared to be illegal, said the labels were accepted on “our public certificate of approval registry.”

SV&C Works Calpine Deal

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CalpineSard Verbinnen & Co. represents Calpine as it agrees to $5.6B acquisition by Energy Capital Partners.

Financial Services Communications Post-Crisis

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

By Jackie Kolek

Jackie KolekTen years after the subprime mortgage meltdown pulverized markets and brought about the Great Recession, it isn’t just the financial services industry that has fundamentally changed. How financial services PR firms communicate, who they communicate to, and the tools they now use to do it have evolved as well.

'Beautiful' Confederate Statues?

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The EconomistPresident Trump bemoans loss of "beautiful" Confederate statues and monuments. There is little beauty in what those statues and monuments represent. (3 reader comments)

ObamaCare Vet Johnson Joins PhRMA

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

PhRMAPharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has brought on Juliet Johnson as deputy VP in its pubic affairs division.

PAN Plants Flag in NYC

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

PAN Communications, Inc.PAN Communications has widened its east coast presence with the addition of an office in New York.

Pentagon Pushes Out Warren

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Colonel Steve WarrenThe Pentagon pushes out respected media advisor and ex-Army colonel Steve Warren, a move bound to further strain the relationship between the press and Trump Administration.

Saudis Use Podesta to Slam Qatar

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Saudi American Public Relations Affairs CommitteePodesta Group inks three-month $150K pact with the Saudi American Public Relations Affairs Committee to support boycott of Qatar for its alleged support of terrorism.

Airline Announces PR RFP

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Hainan AirlinesChinese airline Hainan Airlines is seeking a US marketing partner to help elevate brand awareness and corporate identity through an upcoming multimedia event to be held in New York.

People on the Move

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Heather MurdickVandiver Group upps Murdick, adds Shyrock and Woodcock.... Gavin recruits Savarese..... PR Boutiques elects board members... National Hot Road Assn. selects Hatcher.... Rhea + Kaiser gives Fiszer senior vice president post... Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications fortifies ranks.

Cancer Researcher Sees Danger in Radiation

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Dr. Anthony MillerDr. Anthony Miller, an adviser to the World Health Organization, says radiation from cellphones, cordless and sensor devices and wireless networks should be classified as a "Group 1 carcinogenic to Humans."

PR Industry Growth Declined in 2016

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersU.S. PR agencies grew by an average of 4.8 percent in 2016, revealing a 1.8 decline from 2015 and a 3 percent decline from the year prior, according to a Gould+Partners survey.

Sentient Secures Two Senior Hires

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Dominic Viola and Michael Spitz W2O Group digital marketing unit Sentient has named Dominic Viola client services managing director and Michael Spitz strategy practice leader.

Mashable Explores Options

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

MashableMashable, pioneer in covering the social media scene and resulting Internet culture, is working with LionTree Advisors to explore strategic options.

KYNE Taps Public Health Pro Sawatzki

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Darcy SawatzkiKYNE, the specialty health communications shop, tapped Darcy Sawatzki as senior VP in Los Angeles to lead its US public health business efforts and to manage client work.

Hicks Replaces The Mooch

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Hope HicksHope Hicks is moving into the White House communications director hot seat, replacing ousted Wall Street player Anthony Scaramucci, who sat in that for 10 days. (1 reader comment)

The Mooch Gets It Wrong, Again

Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

By Arthur Solomon

Arthur Solomon The industry rules once governing “off-the-record” conversations between reporter and news sources have changed. (1 reader comment)