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Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
UAE Gets Creative with Kemp Goldberg
By Kevin McCauley
 
uaeThe United Arab Emirates is paying Kemp Goldberg Partners $180K for a four-month project under a subcontract with The Harbour Group.
Category: Foreign government
Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
Blog: WPP Boss Sorrell Kicks off Advertising Week
By Kevin McCauley
 
martin sorrellWPP chief Martin Sorrell this morning kicked off the opening session of Advertising Week, the Sept. 29-Oct. 3 celebration of all things advertising.
Category: PR Commentary
 
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Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
NM Health Exchange Splits with Agency
By Greg Hazley
 
nmhixNew Mexico's health insurance exchange has split with Milwaukee's BVK and put its marketing and communications pact out for bid.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9/29/2014
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Social The need for middle ground and skepticism (J. Pepper)
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Negativity and the competition (S. Monty) 
PA What Uber and school choice have in common (J. Courtovich)
Digital Crisis and issues: It's time to certify the 'experts' (J. Kerr)
Int'l Qatar creates football blog to attack World Cup critics (AB) 
PR 101 Everything you always wanted to know about pitching journalists, but were afraid to ask (L. Hoffman) 
Media PR firm solicits political journos to blog for conservative group (Columbia Trib) 
Social Nielsen Twitter TV ratings (9/22-9/28) (LR) 
Propaganda Iraqi TV runs satire of ISIS and jihadis to curb fear(BI) 
Public Diplomacy 9 ways Japan can better tall its story to the world (N. Snow)
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Kelley Drives PR to Booth
By Kevin McCauley
 
Kelley Blue Book has named M Booth its first agency of record at the automotive vehicle and information resource that was founded in 1926.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
Golin Grabs Edelman, Clinton Vet
By Kevin McCauley
 
neal-fliegerGolin has recruited Neal Flieger, a veteran of Edelman and Clinton White House, as managing director of its DC/Baltimore/Richmond offices.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
NYPL Books Welch
By Kevin McCauley
 

carrie welchThe New York Public Library has named Carrie Welch chief external relations officer effective October 15.

 
Category: Associations
Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
Ex-Rep. Connie Mack to Levick
By Greg Hazley
 
connie mackFormer Republican Congressman Connie Mack IV has joined Levick in Washington as an executive VP to boost the crisis PR specialist's lobbying operation.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Sep. 29, 2014
Tylenol Murders, J&J's "Spin City," Has Birthday Today
By Jack ODwyer
 

johnson & johnsonToday is the 32nd anniversary of the seven Tylenol murders, a crime buried in a whirlwind of lies that made a hero out of the company that bore heavy responsibility for the murders -- Johnson & Johnson. 

Category: PR Ethics
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
DCG Gets 'Boots to Business' PR Pact
By Greg Hazley
 
bootsThe US Small Business Administration has awarded a seven-figure pact to The District Communications Group to handle marketing and outreach for a campaign to encourage entrepreneurship among veterans.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
Bigger Cities Mean Bigger Healthcare PR Challenges
By Jeanine O'Kane
 

jeanine okaneThe dramatic growth in megacities of more than 10M people across the globe taxes local healthcare infrastructures and challenges PR people.

Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
Portland's Metro Plans for PR
By Greg Hazley
 

metroMetro, the metropolitan planning organization for the 1.5M-resident Portland, Ore., region, is reaching out for strategic communications proposals to support a variety of PR and marketing duties.

Category: RFPs
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-26-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Big Picture Defining the future of public relations(@FastCompany)
Tech Apple rebuts complaints of bending iPhones (WSJ) 
PA Forest Service says media need permits, alarming First Amend advocates (OL) 
Crisis Ferguson PR man loses contract over homicide conviction(SLPD) 
Int'l Burson-Marsteller rejects Israel as client, accepts Muslim Brotherhood (NY Observer) 
Social FOMO, WOM, WTF and ELLO (D. Armano) 
Careers New at work? Here's 5 tips to help you get ahead (J. Mignano) 
Media Seymour Hersh, Twitter and a lesson in 'off the record'(CJP) 
Crisis What Amanda Knox taught us about PR, racism and money in our courts (Elite Daily)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
 
PR and communications jobs from odwyerpr.com this week.
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Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
Crosby Takes PR Controls at Johnson
By Kevin McCauley
 
grady crosbyGrady Crosby will take the VP/PA and chief diversity officer slot at Johnson Controls effective Oct. 1.

Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
J&J's Tylenol Scam Gets Another PRSA Sendup
By Jack ODwyer
 

maria soninJohnson & Johnson's handling of the Tylenol murders of 1982 and 1986, called a "shining example" of ethical behavior at a PRSA/NY panel Sept. 8, got more praise at national’s ethics webinar yesterday.

Category: PR Ethics
Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
Joele Frank Aids Endo in Pharma Tax Inversion Triangle
By Greg Hazley
 
endoIreland-based pharmaceutical producer Endo International is working with Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher for PR support on an unsolicited takeover attempt of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals of Pennsylvania.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 25, 2014
Ex-LHA Staffer Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading
By Kevin McCauley
 
lucarelliMichael Lucarelli, who was director of market intelligence at Lippert/Heilshorn & Assocs., pleaded guilty to insider trading charges.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 25, 2014
PhRMA's Bennett to Racepoint
By Greg Hazley
 
matt bennettMatt Bennett, senior VP of communications and PA for the drug industry trade group PhRMA, has moved to Racepoint Global as senior VP to lead its Washington outpost.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Sep. 25, 2014
Big Soda's Splashy PR Move
By Kevin McCauley
 

ABABig Soda's splashy announcement of a plan to cut the number of calories that its customers drink by 20 percent by 2025 is nothing more than a PR move, says highly respected nutritionist Marion Nestle.

Category: Food & Beverage PR
 
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