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Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
New Orleans Seeks Social Media AOR
By Greg Hazley
new orleansNew Orleans' tourism marketing organization wants to hear from firms to promote the city via social media on a six-figure contract.
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Republicans oppose all government PR spending because they would rather kill federal agencies than make them more efficient through PA to improve morale and taxpayer outreach
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Journos, PR Need to Talk to Each Other
By Jack ODwyer

laborBureau of Labor stats showing PR’s outnumber journos by a 4.7/1 ratio (205,530/43,630) and New York Times complaint about the “harsh environment” reporters face suggests it’s time for J’s and PR’s to talk to each other.

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Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Bott Bolts to MWW
By Kevin McCauley
nicole bottNicole Bott, who was senior manager/client relationships at Peppercomm, is now at MWW in the corporate communications practice in its New York outpost.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-27-2014
By Greg Hazley

Image McDonald's faces Millennial challenge, loses luster with youth (WSJ)
Gov't The gov't is getting into the fact-checking business (The Week)
Mideast 'You're next,' Israeli PR campaign warns west (Israel Today)
Politics Rick Perry was winning the PR war, then he went and did this (Wash Post)
Careers How important is industry experience? (T. Leffler)
Crisis Discovery yanks hit show 'Sons of Guns' as star faces child rape charges (TMZ)
Washington Are American Jews turning on AIPAC? (New Yorker)
Crisis Widespread outage strikes Time Warner Cable (USAT)
PA House probes Labor Dept. PR spending (Wash Post)
Crisis In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust (AP)
Food/Bev Top 3 reasons you drink what you drink (R. Polster)
Crisis Spanish retailer yanks kids shirts that look like Holocaust uniforms (Gawker)
Tech Twitter CEO: Snapchat at $10B 'not absurd' (Marketwatch)
Mideast Not just Gaza: Netanyahu's image needs rebuilding, too (Haaretz)

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Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Rwanda Eyes Winning Strategy in DC
By Kevin McCauley
paul kagameRwanda Development Board has hired Winning Strategies Washington for a $180K one-year  campaign to engage DC officials
Category: International
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Satire Site 'Sorry' for Reporting Bell Pottinger Reps ISIS
By Greg Hazley
ISISA satirical Middle East website has issued a tongue-in-cheek apology to Bell Pottinger for an article that claimed the UK PR giant had taken on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a client.
Category: International
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Foley: Perry to Taste Texas Justice
By Kevin Foley
rick perryDespite his legal and PR push to the contrary, will Texas' liberal Travis County send Gov. Rick Perry to prison?
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Alibaba Fortifies PR Ranks, Adds Ex-NY Times, Visa Execs
By Greg Hazley
alibabaChinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba, slating a large post-Labor Day initial public offering, has fortified its global communications ranks with a trio of execs, including former New York Times and Wall Street Journal PR chief Bob Christie.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
'Mock Tribunal of PR' by PRSA/NY Mocks Itself By Barring Press
By Jack ODwyer

mock tribunalThe "Mock Tribunal of PR" of PRSA/New York Sept. 8 mocks its own self by barring reporters from the event.

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Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Blog: Insider Trading Scandal Threatens LHA's Future
By Kevin McCauley
lhaIn the understatement of the year, Keith Lippert said it is "devastating" news that a key executive at 30-year-old Lippert/Heilshorn & Assocs. is charged with 13 counts of insider trading resulting in illicit gains of $1M.
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Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
IR Firm Exec Charged with Insider Trading
By Greg Hazley
lucarelliThe Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors have charged Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates director Michael Lucarelli with insider trading, claiming the veteran IR exec accessed clients' draft press releases and bought and sold shares on the info.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
WPP PR Unit Slips 4.5% in Half
By Kevin McCauley
wppWPP today reported a 4.5 percent revenues dip to $718.9M during the first half for its PR/PA unit that includes Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Burson-Marsteller, RLM Finsbury and Ogilvy.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Hillman Aids AC Amid Casino Closings
By Greg Hazley
atlantic cityBaltimore-based Hillman Communications is helping the destination marketing organization Atlantic City Alliance respond to a spate of bad PR connected to the closings of three casinos in the New Jersey seaside resort town.
Category: Travel PR
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Turner Broadcasting Wields Ax
By Kevin McCauley
Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting will extend voluntary exit packages to more than 500 staffers in an event to slash overhead and free up cash
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-26-2014
By Greg Hazley
Advocacy NRA's sexist attack on female gun control group leader's PR experience (Gawker) 
Sports The NFL's looming PR disaster (G. Matusky) 
Corporate Is the Burger King-Tim Horton's deal about more than taxes? (New Yorker) 
Online 7 tips for an information-packed newsroom (R. Streder) 
Events Are trade shows still a good place for PR launches? (F. Strong) 
China How brands can tap China's unique social media culture (Ad Age) 
Names Florida developers change name of condo project named ISIS (NYDN) 
Viral DiCaprio, Damon tie other causes into Ice Bucket Challenge(Daily Mail) 
Entertainment Kardashians part ways with long-time publicist(IBIT)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Batter Up at Tribune
By Kevin McCauley
john batterJohn Batter is joining Tribune Media Co. Sept. 2 as executive VP and CEO of its Gracenote music and content venture. He reports to CEO Peter Liguori.
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
FH Gets $25M Extension from Illinois Health Exchange
By Greg Hazley
illinoisFleishmanHillard, which withstood strict scrutiny from the Associated Press this year over its multimillion-dollar PR work with Illinois' health insurance exchange, has received a nine-month, $25.6M extension.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Seitel: Developing Online Video
By Fraser Seitel
ice bucketOnline video is big and public relations professionals ought to know how to develop effective online video content. Here's what's required.
Category: PR School
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Hawaii Tech Incubator Reviews PR
By Greg Hazley
manoaThe technology incubator set up by Hawaii to grow that sector of the state's economy is calling for PR proposals to develop and execute a strategic communications plan.
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