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Independent PR firms showed strong growth in 2013.  Eight of the ten largest posted double-digit gains as did nine in the 11 to 25 category and 57 in the complete list of 127.


Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
B-M Snags Obama's Media Maven
By Kevin McCauley
Dag VegaDag Vega, who handles TV for President Obama, will join Burson-Marsteller Aug. 4 as managing director, reporting to Ann Davidson, US PA & crisis practice chair.
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Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Weitz Exits H+K
By Kevin McCauley
Andy WeitzAndy Weitz, president of H+Knowlton Strategies US, is exiting the firm to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and spend more time with his family.
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Fahle Places Winning Bid for Detroit House Raffle Post
By Kevin McCauley
Craig FahleCraig Fahle, a popular talk show host on Detroit Public Radio, has taken the PA director post at the motor city's auctioneer of abandoned/foreclosed homes.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Ogilvy Throws PR Lifeline to Migrant Group
By Kevin McCauley
MOASOgilvy PR is representing the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which is bankrolled by high-risk insurer Tangiers Group, for immigration, maritime and foreign relations matters.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Forbes Unloaded to Asian Group
By Kevin McCauley
Forbes MagazineThe Forbes family has surrendered control of its print/online business publication for more than $300M.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
E-Mail Pitch Perfect
By Fraser Seitel
Fraser SeitelThere is nothing worse for a PR professional than “cold call” pitching via email, reaching out to a reporter you don’t know or haven’t worked with before.
Category: Professional Development
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
NY Giants' John-Baptiste Rushes to Browns
By Kevin McCauley
Peter John-BaptisteNew York Giants' VP-communications Peter John-Baptiste has moved to the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity, replacing Zak Gilbert, who left after a year.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
What Gaza and Ukraine Share: Breakdown of Law
By Jack ODwyer

Paul KahnDeaths of non-combatants including children in the downing of Malaysian Flight 17 and the fighting in Gaza show international law is ineffective, says Yale Prof. Paul Kahn.

Category: International
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Texas Reviews Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
texasThe Lone Star State has kicked off a review of its tourism PR account for the Americas as it tries to broaden perceptions beyond its cowboy image.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-18-2014
By Greg Hazley
Gender Why do we treat PR like a pink ghetto? (NY Mag) 
Int'l Backlash against US PR firm hired to improve Nigeria's image(LA Times) 
Entertainment Tim McGraw's publicist plays down fan slap video(Hollywood) 
Propaganda 'Want some Klandy?' KKK launches nationwide push(Vice) 
Legal Two PR firms trip over the Foreign Agents Registration Act(NLR) 
Legal PR firm sued in Seattle (CNS) 
CSR God pledges $5K for cancer research (Onion) 
RFP Marketing, social media, comms. for YWCA of Greater Portland(link)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
WWI Home Front Exhibit to Explore Roots of PR
By Kevin McCauley
enlistPR people and students of the craft should flock (no, make it run) to the New York Public Library's "Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind" exhibit which opens July 28.
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Gun Industry Group Taps PR Director
By Greg Hazley

pearsallThe National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Newton, Conn.-based trade group for firearms manufacturers, has brought in Jennifer Pearsall as director of PR.

Category: Trade Associations
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
World Health Org PR Pro Among Dead in Malaysian Airlines Crash
By Greg Hazley
glenn thomasGlenn Thomas, a former BBC journalist working as a media officer for the Geneva-based World Health Organization, is among the 298 who died aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
RFP: Public Outreach for CA Water District
By Greg Hazley
Year-long contract for public outreach and education for southern California water district. Details… 
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
PR Powers Interpublic's Solid Q2 Gains
By Kevin McCauley
interpublicInterpublic's Constituency Management Group, which includes PR operations, jumped 10.9% in the second quarter to $355.4M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Ketchum Reps Russia, Advised Malaysian Airlines
By Kevin McCauley
planeA Malaysian Airlines 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine today, killing all 295 passengers and crew. Ketchum, which was called in by Malaysia Air after the loss of Flight 370 in March, also represents Russia.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Newspaper Association Drops Stats (They're That Bad)
By Jack ODwyer

newspaper association of americaThe Newspaper Association of America, after 62 years of running a chart of ad revenues, dropped it for 2013. Also, a new book faults New York Times' attempts to cope with internet, social media.

Category: Media News
Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-17-2014
By Greg Hazley
PR 101 13 tips for writing and pitching op-ed stories (P. Opelbaum) 
Travel Top 8 digital influencers for travel (G. Pritchard) 
Content Strong storytelling in McDonald's supplier videos ... but do they work? (L. Hoffman) 
Publicity Meet the PR guru for 'hot convict,' 'Octomom,' others (Daily Beast)
Tech The next big thing for marketers (S. Corsi) 
PA Jay Carney cashes in (Politico) 
Content Responsive marketing in a real-time world (D. Armano) 
Marketing Lady Gaga is still schooling marketers (Forbes) 
Gov't FTC reaches out to Latinos with first 'fotonovela' (FTC) 
Sports MLB addresses criticism over All-Star Game (Deadspin) 
Corporate GM's Barra faces (another) Senate interrogation (BBW) 
Int'l Clinton warns Israel on isolating itself from world opinion (AFP)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Ecuador Targets Chevron
By Kevin McCauley
ecuadorThe Embassy of Ecuador has hired the firm of former liberal Congressman Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts to improve bilateral ties with it and the U.S. and to keep on top of Chevron's "communications strategies and lobbying efforts" in both federal Washington and think tanks.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Study: The Most (and Least) Respected Brands
By Greg Hazley
corebrandCoca-Cola and PepsiCo, despite losing some luster over the healthy foods movement, are the most respected corporate brands, while Delta Airlines and H&R Block top the list of least respected names, according to a study by consultancy CoreBrand.
Category: Marketing Communications
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