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Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
H+K Credits Cradit With Corp Advisory Duties
By Kevin McCauley
lisa craditHill+Knowlton Strategies has recruited Lisa Cradit to helm its corporate advisory practice in New York.
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Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
New York Times Co Net Tumbles 55%
By Kevin McCauley
mark thompsonThe New York Times Co. suffered a 55 percent plunge in Q2 2014 net to $9.1M on flat revenues of $388.7M.
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FTI Scoops Up Crumbs Bankruptcy PR
By Greg Hazley
crumbsCrumbs, the cupcake bake shop chain that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, is relying on FTI Consulting for strategic communications support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Rudy Roots for Greenies in GMO Fight
By Kevin McCauley
labelsFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Bracewell and Giuliani represents the Environmental Working Group, a DC non-profit mostly bankrolled by philanthropic groups, for food labeling and cosmetic/sunscreen issues.
Category: Environmental PR
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Miami Opens Review of Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
miamiMiami has kicked off a review of its North American tourism PR account with an open pitch process through August. Details...
Category: RFPs
Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Finance PR Pro Rozman Trades BNY for HSBC
By Greg Hazley

doug rozmanDouglas Rozman has traded the top corporate communications post at BNY Mellon's securities services operation Pershing to lead comms. for HSBC in the United States.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Burson Lays Down Law
By Kevin McCauley
michael lawMichael Law, who joined Burson-Marsteller last year as US president, is taking the US CEO reins from Dave DenHerder on Sept. 1.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Sard, Joele Frank Sell $8.5B Discount Retailer Deal
By Greg Hazley
dollar treeDiscount retailers Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Stores engaged outside PR support for Dollar Tree's $8.5B acquisition of Family Dollar announced July 28.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Blog: Sarah Palin 24-7 TV: Dream or Nightmare?
By Kevin McCauley
sarah palinSarah Palin is the latest quasi-celeb to take a fling at hosting her own 24-7 online channel, the ultimate ego booster.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-28-2014
By Greg Hazley
PR 101 PR lessons from 'House of Cards' (A. Lloyd) 
Sports NFL exec stumbles way through Ray Rice explanation(Deadspin) 
Tech Campaigning via hologram is coming to the US (BBW) 
PR Creativity & Cannes: Creativity in the PR industry (M. Quinn) 
PA Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington (W. Potter) h
Book Reputation, not spin, the heart of PR (D. Bedell) 
Healthcare The 10 best New Yorker articles on healthcare (Vox)
Food/Bev The Coconut water street fight (NY Times) 
Marketing 5 ways CMOs can expand their influence and impact(M. McDonagh) 
Mideast How did Israel learn to spin its policies? From a GOP pollster (Alternet)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Edelman Cracks Walnut Group's Roster
By Kevin McCauley
walnutsEdelman has scooped up agency of record duties for California Walnut Board and Commission effective Sept. 1, earning the job to generate national awareness of the Golden State's output.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
Foreign Policy Guru Takes Dip into Atlantic
By Kevin McCauley
fareed zakariaFareed Zakaria, ten-year columnist at Newsweek at editor of its international edition, will become a contributing editor at The Atlantic, its web edition and sister Quartz online publication in September.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
NSA Seeks PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
nsaThe National Security Agency, rocked by ongoing revelations of Edward Snowden, is looking to hire a strategic communications director to distribute its positions, messages, and policies to staffers, reporters and the general public.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
UT's Lewis Transfers to Emory to Lead Comms
By Greg Hazley
jerry lewisJerry Lewis, who held top communications posts at the Univ. of Texas at Arlington and Univ. of Miami, is transferring to Emory University in Atlanta to lead communications and public affairs.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
PR at Its Finest: Mideast is Battle of Ideas, Images
By Jack ODwyer

mideastThere is a "MidEast Propaganda War" as well as a battle of rockets and bombs, and PR is performing as it should: principals debating in the open.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
MDC Revenues, Profits Surge in Q2
By Greg Hazley
mdcMDC Partners reported revenue for the second quarter 2014 rose 10.5% to $317.7M, including organic growth of 7%, while net income soared nearly 68% to $16.5M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Blog: Financial World is Awash in Bubbles
By Kevin McCauley
financeBubble here, bubble there, bubbles everywhere. As the Dow Jones Industrial Average smashes the 18,000 mark and marches toward 20,000, it's useful to understand the asset world is awash in a sea of financial bubbles.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-25-2014
By Greg Hazley
Point Tech startups: You don't need PR (HBJ) 
Counterpoint Why tech startups need PR (HBJ) 
Int'l Russian newspaper issues front-page apology for Flight MH17(Atlantic Wire) 
PR 101 PR pro by day, blogger by night - best practices for influencer marketing (L. Zanzal)
Marketing 3 reasons brands are frightened by Hispanics (N. Fischer) 
Jobs 8 resources and 3 tips for PR job seekers (S. Burke) 
Tactics Traditional PR tactic gets jacked up (S. Baradell) 
Politics PR firm working for Republican Governors Assn implicated in Cuomo scandal (Breitbart) 
CSR Embedding CSR into the everyday (Interbrand) 
Media Ex-'60 Minutes' producer is no Hollywood hero(BloombergView)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
PepsiCo, Biden Pro Heads to Herbalife
By Kevin McCauley
herbalifeSenior VP of global public policy at PepsiCo and one-time deputy chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden will join Herbalife on August 25 in a top communications and policy role. 
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Ontario Docs Seek PR Diagnosis Amid Contract Talks
By Greg Hazley

doctorsThe Ontario Medical Association has released an RFP for a public awareness and communications firm to reach the public, stakeholders and provincial government as its 25,000 public sector doctors are in contract talks, following their pact's expiration in March. 

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