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Last Updated: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

Mueller Probes Podesta Group

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Robert MuellerSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Podesta Group and its chief Tony Podesta as part of his probe of a potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia into meddling into the presidential election.

Equifax Picks DLA Piper

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

EquifaxEquifax has turned to DLA Piper for DC work in the wake of its data breach that exposed the personal data of nearly half the US population (145.5M people).

Communicating in Chaotic Times

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

By Wendy Lund

Wendy LundBreaking through with a brand’s message in today’s disrupted media environment can be tough, and while healthcare communicators aren’t immune to these challenges, the industry is poised to quickly and nimbly adapt to the historic changes that have besieged newsrooms in recent years.

Fox News Scammed by ‘Veteran’

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFox News’ reputation came under fire this after the network was conned into airing a bogus story featuring a man pretending to be a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

‘Vested Suggested’ Goes Live on Alexa

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Dan SimonVested has launched what it says is the first news product on Amazon Alexa developed specifically for PR professionals in finance.

Millennials Most Likely to Ignore Product Recalls

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

RecallA recent survey suggests that Millennials are significantly more likely than other age groups to be noncompliant with product return notifications or to even take them seriously. (1 reader comment)

Wyoming Wants Travel PR

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Wyoming Office of TourismThe Wyoming Office of Tourism is looking for a PR firm for its $250K budget to promote the state as a vacation market to U.S. and international audiences.

Pharma Needs to Fearlessly Innovate in Social Media

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

By Peter Vigliarolo

Peter VigliaroloThe pharmaceutical industry has been slow to adopt social media campaigns into their media mix, but it’s time for this sector to finally recognize the innovative opportunities these platforms provide for educating and empowering patients in new ways.

Pyramid Scheme Protection Law Pits Legal Group Against Multilevel Marketers

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

LegalShield

LegalShield has tapped law firm Kelley Drye & Warren in response to a series of bills making their way through Capitol Hill that could weaken consumer protections against pyramid schemes and similarly deceptive direct sales initiatives often billed as “multilevel marketing” programs.

People on the Move

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Jamie AllenDidit hires Newsday Media pro Allen to head auto group... Hotwire names Sapient Razorfish alum Mahoney to chief client officer slot... J. Walcher Communs. promotes Brossman... Mason Inc. hires digital savvy trio.

Publicis Posts 2.2% Dip in Q3 Revenues

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Arthur SadounPublicis Groupe reports 2.2 percent revenue dip as CEO Arthur Sadoun works on shifting model from "communications business to transformation partner." (1 reader comment)

The Media Maestros Who Brought Down Weinstein

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanThere’s more to the story surrounding the media's impressive takedown of Harvey Weinstein than what’s being publicly reported. (1 reader comment)

Key Elements of Engaging Healthcare Employees

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

By Cynthia Isaac

Cynthia IsaacCurrent labor trends provide some keen insight into why healthcare employees aren’t engaged, and what internal communications and HR leaders can do to recruit, retain and engage top talent.

Questions for Ray Kotcher, PRSA Board 'Counsel'

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Ray KotcherWe have questions for Ketchum’s Ray Kotcher, permanent “senior counsel” to PRSA’s board and another indication of Omnicom/Ketchum’s influence on the Society.

Media Moves

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

By Steve Barnes

RodaleHearst scoops up Rodale’s magazines….Verizon pressured to release streaming service…VidAngel files for Chapter 11. 

Omnicom Q3 Revenues Slip 1.9%

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

John WrenOmnicom posted a 1.9 percent drop in Q3 revenues to $3.7B largely due to a lack of M&A activity and sale of underperforming assets, according to chief John Wren.

Team Trump Must Be 'Fake News'

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Politico/Morning Consult pollIt's surprising that only 46 percent of voters believe the media make up stories about Donald Trump. The off-the-wall actions/policies of Team Trump must be 'fake news.' Right? (4 reader comments)

Events Could Drive Future Growth for Magazine Brands

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

MagazinesA growing number of professionals working at magazines now believe publisher-branded events will serve as a top source of revenue within the next year, according to a survey conducted by magazine-media industry news site Folio.

ICR Sings ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Ruby Tuesday logoICR Inc. is handling Ruby Tuesday as the sit-down casual dining format restaurant chain says farewell to the stock market.