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Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
NFL Commissioner Faces Press in Mea Culpa
By Greg Hazley
 
goodellA contrite National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized today amid the league's simmering conduct scandal, but said he has not considered resigning. The press conference was Goodell's first appearance in nine days.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
National Push for Online Transaction Safety Seeks Pitches
By Greg Hazley
 

cyber securityA sweeping private sector initiative working in concert with the federal government to foster confidence in online transactions wants to hear from PR agencies.

Category: RFPs
 
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Follow-up Dear PR people everywhere: I am not your savior (Z. Schonfeld) 
Sports Slapping logos, and morals, on pro athletes(BloombergView) 
Marketing Joan Rivers' Facebook page posts about iPhone 6(LostRemote) 
Measurement NPR Closes out AMEC measure week in NYC(Cision) 
Storytelling Creative destruction and the power of being real (J. Reynolds) 
Demographics Why does marketing media continue to ignore Gen Xers (and focus on Millennials)? (A. Hanson)
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Sobel: Ray Rice Case Offers Teachable PR Moment for NFL
By Scott Sobel
 
scott sobelThere could be a benefit of social redemption for the NFL in the Ray Rice case -- more as a teaching tool for prevention of domestic violence and abuse rather than a meat cleaver-like warning to its players and staff.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
Procter & Gamble Hits NFL
By Kevin McCauley
 
nflProcter & Gamble has pulled its league-wide Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiative with the National Football League due to its domestic abuse crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
Chobani Brings Gonda In-House from Weber
By Greg Hazley
 

michael gondaGreek yogurt leader Chobani has brought Michael Gonda in-house as VP of corporate communications from Weber Shandwick.

Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
PRSA Ethics Webinar Open to Press (for $200), Set for Rosh Hashanah
By Jack ODwyer
 

webinarThe PR Society's Ethics Webinar Thursday, Sept. 25 (Rosh Hashanah) is open to reporters who pay $200. The panel is free to regular and student members.

Category: PR Ethics
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
Honick: Is Ed Snowden's 15 Minutes Over?
By Joe Honick
 
edward snowdenEdward Snowden exploded on all media with declarations the NSA was doing all sorts of nefarious things to Americans and major international figures. Whatever happened to that guy? Mostly, at this point: Why don't we seem to care?
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
Volkswagen Elevates Guerreiro to Top America Comms Slot
By Greg Hazley
 
mario guerreiroWith the departure of Scott Vazin for Toyota, Volkswagen has elevated international communications head Mario Guerreiro to its top American PR slot.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
US Needs to Toughen 'Soft Power,' Says US Propaganda Czar
By Kevin McCauley
 

richard stengelThe US needs to "do more to harden our soft power" to best combat Russia's 24/7 propaganda machine and counter the rise of ISIS, according to Rick Stengel, US Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy.

Category: Public Diplomacy
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
NY Power Plant Operator Seeks PR Charge
By Greg Hazley
 
nypaOperator of 16 New York power plants has called for agency proposals to guide strategic communications.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
FitzGibbon Works Ebola Relief
By Kevin McCauley
 
goodPR counselor Blair FitzGibbon is handling Good360, the nonprofit that today called on the business community to donate medical/cleaning supplies and comfort kits to Ebola victims in western Africa.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-18-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Int'l UN hired PR firm that won't rule out clients who oppose C02 regulations (Guardian) 
Careers Balancing a PR career & being a new mom (J. Rossi) 
Crisis How Under Armour responded to its biggest PR crisis(AdAge)
RFP PR for Phoenix Int'l Airport (PDF) 
NFL Sponsors speak out - but keep on advertising (WSJ) 
NFL Radisson's social branding went through the roof after dropping Vikings (Adweek) 
Video MWW's Carreen Winters on how the NFL can save its reputation (ESPN) 
Measurement Q&A with Edelman Berland's Lisa Binzel (BL) 
Multicultural Why Hispanic marketing strategy is failing and how to fix it (L. Wade) 
SEO 9 tips for writing an effective headline (A. Hicken)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
Media Notes: Bulldog Kills Daily 'Dog; Parade on the Block; Clear Channel New Name
By Greg Hazley
 
taylor swiftBulldog Reporter pulls plug on Daily 'Dog e-newsletter covering the PR industry; Advance is reportedly set to sell Parade; Clear Channel has a new name; Google hires P&G media exec...
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
PRSA Ethics Webinar Closed to Press
By Jack ODwyer
 

maria soninPRSA's ethics webinar Sept. 25 has five senior members and one non-member, Maria Sonin of Ethics Officer Assn. Press access not as yet allowed.

 
Category: PR Ethics
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
Qatar Picks Portland for DC PR Push
By Kevin McCauley
 
qatarQatar signed up Portland PR for a communications/political push targeted at Congress and federal agencies to improve ties with the US.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
TWC Fits Execs With Golden Parachutes
By Kevin McCauley
 
robert marcusTime Warner Cable's top four executives eye an estimated $136.5M in "golden parachute compensation," according to the proxy for the Oct. 9 special meeting to approve its takeover by Comcast.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
Ethics of Tobacco PR Argued by Holmes, Cohen
By Jack ODwyer
 

panelPaul Holmes of The Holmes Report and ex-New York Times “Ethicist” columnist Randy Cohen argued heatedly Sept. 8 about the ethics of repping tobacco (Holmes favoring it).

Category: PR Ethics
Thu., Sep. 18, 2014
Vazin Shifts to Toyota Corporate Communications Amid Changes
By Greg Hazley
 
scott vazinScott Vazin, executive VP for Volkswagen Group of America's group and brand communications, will shift to Toyota North America next week as VP of corporate and regional communications amid the carmaker's consolidation to Texas and rebuilding of its communications operation.
Category: Corporate Communications
 
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