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Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Multinational Enviro Push Seeks Pitches for DC Event
By Greg Hazley
CECA multinational, intergovernmental commission focused on coastal ecosystems and enforcing environmental law is looking for a PR consultant.
Category: RFPs
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Blog: Al Gore's 'Noble' $500M Sale to Arabs
By Kevin McCauley
al goreFormer Vice President Al Gore's global climate work through his "Inconvenient Truth" book and documentary have done a world of good, bolstering awareness of one of the globe's top challenges.
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Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-22-2014
By Greg Hazley
Strategy When activists get active, what should you do? (K. Fagan) 
Tactics Phone calls to reporters aren't dead (T. Carlson) 
PR 101 Why PR and media relations don't mean the same thing anymore (W. Marx) 
Viral The debate over the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (N. Tanenbaum) 
Content 6 questions to ask yourself before hitting 'post' or 'tweet'(G. Nuzzi) 
Crisis Why the race of the PR firm representing Ferguson matters(D. Devries) 
Biz Dev 5 things you really need to bring to a PR pitch (J. Wheeler) 
Small Biz Improving your PR (Without a PR firm) (NY Times) 
Corporate Amazon's awful war on words: How an iron-fisted PR strategy went off the rails (Salon) 
Media Twitter walks a fine line confronted with grisly images(WSJ)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
ISIS Spokesman Killed in Syria
By Greg Hazley
abu mosaAbu Mosa, press officer for the terrorist army ISIS, was killed by Syrian military forces this week, the State Department confirmed Aug. 21.
Category: International
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Senior Group Looks for PR
By Kevin McCauley
cscsThe Council of Senior Centers and Services, which supports community groups in New York, is looking for a PR firm to handle a rebranding effort.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
VF Pub Shifts to Conde Nast Marketing Post
By Kevin McCauley
Conde Nast has shifted Ed Menicheschi from the Vanity Fair publisher slot to president/chief marketing officer of its media group.
Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
BlueFocus PR Revenue Pushes $200M
By Greg Hazley
bluefocusGrowing Chinese ad/PR group BlueFocus Communications reported first half PR revenue jumped 67% to $198M while overall revenues soared 122% to $428M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Federal Antitrust Complaint Filed vs PRSA
By Jack ODwyer

antitrustO’Dwyer's, in a further move aimed at busting the PRSA boycott against it, has lodged a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Justice Antitrust division.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Trade Group for High Speed Traders Takes Shape
By Greg Hazley
mmiThe Modern Markets Initiative, the Washington-based trade group for the high-frequency trading sector set up by PR veterans of the Obama and Romney campaigns, has named a CEO and brought in lobbying support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-21-2014
By Greg Hazley
Tactics Newsjacking: You're doing it wrong (G. Laskoski) 
Longread The Witness - PR pro's job to witness executions takes its toll (Texas Monthly) 
Denial Have you tried the Rob Ford guide to crisis comms. yet? (S. Agrell) 
Corporate Cadillac considers moving some functions to Manhattan(Reuters) 
Tech Anonymous apps are the future (A. Hutchison) 
Tech 4 ways start-ups can build relationships with reporters (C. Kennedy) 
Media Tug of war b/t White House and journos in defining transparency (L. Hoffman)
Q&A Starting a PR firm (Cision)
Environmental Solar thermal plants have a PR problem - birds catching on fire (Esquire) 
Food/Bev Pizza Hut hopes new product PR will change trends (R. Torossian) 
Social Social Media Quiz: The Intermediate Answers (T. Sabourin) 
Int'l Foley murder was Islamic State masterclass in power of jihadi PR machine (Telegraph) 
RFP Clackamas County (Oregon) Tourism PR (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Solomon: To Censor or Publish Beheading Photos
By Arthur Solomon
herald sunMost people would agree that heavy-handed censorship by a governing entity is anti-democratic. But what about self-censorship, which is now in the news because of the horrific beheading by ISIS of journalist James Wright Foley?
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Chicago Pension Fund Wants PR Education
By Greg Hazley
ctpfThe $10.8B dollar pension fund is calling on PR firms to develop a media relations strategy for local, regional and national outreach.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
1986 O'Dwyer's PR Firm Rankings - #tbt
By Greg Hazley
rankingsFor Throw Back Thursday, take a look at the 1986 O'Dwyer's PR Firm Rankings as Hill+Knowlton led the charge with just over $100M in billings.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Nevada Reviews Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
nevadaNevada is in the final days of accepting proposals for its tourism marketing account, handled by Burson-Marsteller until July.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
FTI Woos Weber Shandwick PA Head in London
By Greg Hazley
alex deaneAlex Deane, head of public affairs for Weber Shandwick and a former aide to now-Prime Minister David Cameron, is moving to FTI Consulting's strategic communications operation as managing director in London.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Mary Kay Casts Webb to Lead Comms, CSR
By Greg Hazley
crayton webbCrayton Webb, a Dallas TV journalist turned PR pro, has taken the reins of corporate communications and CSR for beauty products direct marketing giant Mary Kay.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
PR Firm Aiding Ferguson Responds to Industry Critics
By Denise Bentele
denise betelePresident & CEO of Common Ground Public Relations discusses the firm's work with Ferguson, Mo., and criticism that has flowed from PR industry colleagues.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Uber Taps for Plouffe
By Kevin McCauley
david plouffeUber taxi-hailing app has tapped David Plouffe, campaign mastermind of Barack Obama's two presidential wins, in its continued effort to bolster its image and hurdle regulatory roadblocks.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-20-2014
By Greg Hazley
Digital The new rules of digital culture (T. Hunt) 
Demos Tips for communicating with Millennials (R. Pritchard) 
Lists Top PR agencies for start-ups: 2014 edition (Agency Post) 
Content Fanta attempts to reach teens with Vine-based comedy series (Lost Remote)
Brands 'I Will' v 'Just Do It: The Under Armour success story (D. Aaker) 
Measurement Six measurement practices PR pros can borrow from marketers (FutureBuzz) 
Stunts 'Ice Bucket' latest in a lively line of stunts (D. Bedell) 
Viral 3 tactical elements that made the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' a viral success (S. Skerik) 
EconDev Why Massachusetts' plans for economic dev could (and should) blaze a trail for other states (Inc)
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