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Ex-Fox Staffer Commits Suicide Outside NYC headquarters
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A former Fox TV staffer in Austin shot himself to death in front of parent company's headquarters in New York today.
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pr is deadFormer Edelman U.K. executive pens Trust Me, PR Is Dead, a 300-page book that attacks the idea that information can be "managed" and that institutions can "implant messages" in target audiences.

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nicolazzo"Inept" is the only word that describes the New England Patriots’ handling of the "deflate-gate" controversy.
Category: Sports
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Edelman Pro Joins Brunswick as Digital Czar
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Edelman's Michael Krempasky has moved to Brunswick Group's Washington office as chief of its global digital practice.
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Weber Delivers Nigeria's Good Gov't Pitch
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nigeriaWeber Shandwick developed Nigeria's online effort to promote its "comprehensive plan to modernize the economy and improve public services" of the African energy powerhouse that is under siege by Boko Haram Islamic group.
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Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Kekst, Sard in $11B Reinsurance Merger
By Greg Hazley
reinsuranceKekst and Company and Sard Verbinnen & Co are supporting AXIS Capital and Partner Re in their blockbuster $11B reinsurance merger.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-26-2015
By Greg Hazley
Clients A consultant's guide to firing a client (HBR)

Careers One action that will make anyone in the comms. biz smarter (L. Hoffman)

Corporate PR and social media set for continued growth (S. Bruce)

Critic What's wrong with PR in one post (A. Friedman)

PR 101 How to pitch the modern journalist (A. Hanson)

Podcasts The pros and cons of podcasting (T. Sabourin)

PR Scandal shows perils of blurred boundaries in media/PR (D. Tisch)

Fashion What you'll be wearing next year (BW)
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Sard Verbinnen Shores Up Gannett Defense as Icahn Looms
By Greg Hazley
usa todayMedia purveyor Gannett Co. has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. to shore up its PR defense as activist investor Carl Icahn threatens a proxy fight over the company's plans to separate its publishing interests from its TV and digital operations.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
R&R Scoops Up $900K South Sudan Pact
By Kevin McCauley
south sudanR&R Partners, which was founded by legendary Republican ad man Sig Rogich, has lined up a $900K one-year contract with South Sudan to raise the Washington awareness of the landlocked nation.
Category: Foreign government
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Clinton White House Alum Launches PA Shop
By Kevin McCauley
ben finzelBen Finzel, who served in the Clinton Administration's Dept. of Energy, has launched RenewPR, an energy and environmental PR firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Glover Park Aids 'American Sniper' Push for Warner
By Greg Hazley
sniperWarner Bros worked with Glover Park Group to cultivate military interest in the release of "American Sniper," the blockbuster film based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-23-2015
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Q&A Chrysler PR vet continues his candid book tour (Car and Driver) 

Crisis Deflate-gate as crisis comms: Did the Pats and NFL fumble? (WBJ) 

Crisis Pats show how not to handle a PR crisis (DN) 

Sports FIFA loses three more sponsors ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup (AP) 

Finance Bank of America is probably going to regret this 'Je sues bullish' report (BI) 

Clients Treat us with respect: How to become your Pr agency's favorite client (Guardian) 

Media How The Economist chose its first female editor-in-chief (Quartz)

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Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Finn Acquires DVL, Seigenthaler Combo
By Kevin McCauley
fpFinn Partners is acquiring Nashville's DVL Public Relations & Advertising and Seigenthaler PR, which merged to create an $11M entity.
Category: Financial Management
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Williamsburg Wants PR Firm Visits
By Kevin McCauley
williamsburgThe Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee is looking for a PR firm to promote overnight visits and position the Virginia region as having more tourism attractions than just the Colonial Williamsburg restoration.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Blog: Koch Brothers Sitting Pretty
By Kevin McCauley

kochsWith the Republicans firmly in control of the Senate and the House, the billionaire Koch Brothers are feeling pretty good these days.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
ASGK Opens Miami Outpost
By Greg Hazley
pentonASGK Public Strategies has opened a Miami outpost, its fourth US office, with the appointment of government and agency pro Kelly Penton Chacon as director.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Ogilvy Cashes in on MoneyGram Business
By Kevin McCauley
moneygramOgilvy Government Relations has signed on as DC representative for MoneyGram International, a leading financial services company targeting the un-and under-banked market.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
A Decade Later, Hurricane Katrina Remains Relevant
By Ann Edelman
Ann EdelmanHurricane Katrina will be remembered for the death and destruction it left behind. But it also changed the way we as an agency think about crisis — or disaster — communications.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-22-2015
By Greg Hazley

Crime IR exec pleads guilty to insider trading (NY Post) 

Int'l China state-run newspaper 'fabricated column by New Yorker writer' praising Beijing (Telegraph) 

Tribute In memory of Tom Kowaleski (R. Bolton) 

Healthcare 5 healthcare takeaways from the SOTU (K. Blake) 

Finance Icahn seeks 2 Gannett board seats in potential proxy fight (USA Today) 

Media Sun goads critics as Page 3 'PR stunt' hailed a success (Telegraph) 

Placement Conan O'Brien visits Taco Bell test kitchen (Consumerist) 

Corporate Sony execs bracing for more leaked emails (NY Post)

Media NYPD keeps closer watch on media companies (J. Romensesko) 

Crisis Crisis 101 from the real Olivia Pope (K. Overmier)

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