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Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
AARP Looks for PR Firm
By Kevin McCauley
aarpWashington-based AARP is looking for a PR firm to support its media outreach and events.
Category: Associations
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Sony's Guide to Not Handling a PR Crisis
By Fraser Seitel
fraser seitelThe best thing that can be said about Sony Pictures Entertainment's crisis management is that it is "consistent."
Category: Crisis Communications
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SKDKnick Reps Freed US Contractor
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alan grossSKDKnickerbocker is repping Alan Gross, the jailed American contractor released by Cuba following the move to normalize diplomatic ties between it and the US.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
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Crisis Judy Smith is secret PR adviser in Sony scandal (TMZ) 
Crisis 5 thoughts on communicating data breaches (C. Rooney) 
Crisis Epstein owes $103K to crisis PR firm (Page Six) 
2015 Next year in marketing, PR and buzz generation (M. Salzman)
2015 Six social media and digital comms trends for 2015 (H. Yaxley) 
2014 The best - and worst - of 2014 (K. Tarasiewicz) 
Legal Mattel PR exec sues company over alleged retaliation, discrimination (MNLA) 
Media Advertising is losing a real mensch (at least for now) (R. Janka) 
Finance Buffett reminds managers: Reputation is everything (W. Buffett) 
UK British, Muslim and want to work in PR? Brace yourself(Guardian)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
After Sochi Turmoil, Olympic Committee Tackles Sexual Orientation
By Joe Keenan
joe keenanThe International Olympic Committee adds 'sexual orientation' to its anti-discrimination code, largely in response to the 2014 "Homophobic Olympics" of Sochi, Russia.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Report: NY Times to End Ad Column
By Greg Hazley
elliottThe New York Times is weighing whether to stop its influential advertising column as Stuart Elliot penned his final piece Dec. 19, according to the New York Post's Keith Kelly.
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
McIntyre Swaps Edelman for Ketchum in DC
By Greg Hazley
william mcintryreBill McIntyre, executive VP and group head for Edelman's Washington, DC, operation, is shifting to Ketchum as a director to lead its capital office.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Weber Shandwick Catches Beefed Up Maine Lobster Account
By Greg Hazley
maineThe year-old, beefed up marketing collaborative for Maine's lobster industry has brought in Weber Shandwick to handle its integrated marketing account, spanning PR, advertising and digital/social.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Blog: Big Four TV Nets Should Rally Around Sony
By Kevin McCauley
interviewThe Big Four TV Networks should ride to Sony's rescue and broadcast "The Interview," which would attract a huge audience and build goodwill for CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
USA Today Tech Editor to Access
By Greg Hazley
nancy blairNancy Blair, technology editor for USA Today, is moving to tech firm Access Communications as VP of content in San Francisco.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Weber Shandwick Targets Tourists for Mexico City
By Kevin McCauley
mexico cityWeber Shandwick has added Mexico City Tourism to its travel and lifestyle practice.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-18-2014
By Greg Hazley
Cuba Democratic PR firm helped American freed in Cuba(Buzzfeed) 
Seasonal An IR twist on a holiday classic (A. Blazier) 
Careers Making a change within PR (NYCPRG) 
2014 Top 10 list of the worst reputations in crisis for 2014 (M. Paul)
Fashion DKNY PR girl beyond 140 characters (Forbes) 
PA Building trust with new members of Congress (A. Showalter) 
Media The New York Times' lump of coal (M. Purdue) 
Entertainment 8 Hollywood predictions for 2015 (M. Wolff) 
Crime PR exec convicted of raping woman he met online (CBC Chicago) 
B2B Why B2B marketing is more fun than B2C (R. Stevens) 
2015 5 predictions for PR in the new year (J. Mudd)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Theater Chains, With PR Support, Unite in Pulling 'The Interview'
By Greg Hazley
movieMajor US movie theater chains, some relying on outside PR counsel, individually pull the plug on Sony Pictures Entertainment's controversial film "The Interview" this week.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Fenton Sells Out
By Kevin McCauley
david fentonDavid Fenton has sold Fenton Communications, a leading progressive PR firm, after a 33-year run.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Hacked Sony Relies on Rubenstein
By Greg Hazley
sonySony Pictures Entertainment is leaning on Rubenstein Communications as it faces the unprecedented cyber attack and publication of its internal communications and intellectual property.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Bankruptcy Trustee Objects to Sale of Bulldog Reporter Assets
By Greg Hazley
bulldogA federal bankruptcy trustee has objected to Bulldog Reporter parent Sirius Information's plans to sell assets to a Canadian information company, claiming Sirius president Jim Sinkinson has a conflict as an interested party in the sale.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
White House Alum Wants His MTV
By Kevin McCauley

ronnie choRonnie Cho, who as associate director of public engagement at the White House, is the new VP-PA at Viacom's MTV.

Category: Media News
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Blog: NYT Makes Blockbuster Pope Francis/Fido/Heaven Correction
By Kevin McCauley
timesNew York Times enjoys a big plate of crow with correction of blockbuster front-page article about Pope Francis' belief that dogs and cats go to heaven.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Hiding Public Pension Fees is Bad PR for Private Equity
By Matthew Sheahan
sheahanA push by private equity firms to keep fees paid by public pensions undisclosed is bad PR. Venture capital's compromise should be a model for disclosure. 
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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