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Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
PR Firm Aiding Ferguson Responds to Industry Critics
By Denise Bentele
denise betelePresident & CEO of Common Ground Public Relations discusses the firm's work with Ferguson, Mo., and criticism that has flowed from PR industry colleagues.
Category: Crisis Communications
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Uber Taps for Plouffe
By Kevin McCauley
david plouffeUber taxi-hailing app has tapped David Plouffe, campaign mastermind of Barack Obama's two presidential wins, in its continued effort to bolster its image and hurdle regulatory roadblocks.
Category: Corporate Communications
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Digital The new rules of digital culture (T. Hunt) 
Demos Tips for communicating with Millennials (R. Pritchard) 
Lists Top PR agencies for start-ups: 2014 edition (Agency Post) 
Content Fanta attempts to reach teens with Vine-based comedy series (Lost Remote)
Brands 'I Will' v 'Just Do It: The Under Armour success story (D. Aaker) 
Measurement Six measurement practices PR pros can borrow from marketers (FutureBuzz) 
Stunts 'Ice Bucket' latest in a lively line of stunts (D. Bedell) 
Viral 3 tactical elements that made the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' a viral success (S. Skerik) 
EconDev Why Massachusetts' plans for economic dev could (and should) blaze a trail for other states (Inc)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Blog: NFL Greed Sacks its PR
By Kevin McCauley

goodellGreed, avarice and tone-deaf to PR come to mind with reports that the NFL wants to turn the Super Bowl halftime show into a "pay for play" situation so it can pour more gilt into its already swollen coffers.

Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Al Jazeera to Gore: 'Take a Hike'
By Kevin McCauley
al jazeeraAl Jazeera America rejected allegations lodged by Al Gore that he was gored in the $500M sale of Current TV to the Arab-owned satellite TV network.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Texas, Utah Seek Overseas PR Firms for Tourism
By Greg Hazley
utah, texasTexas and Utah have released multiple RFPs to handle tourism PR in overseas markets from Europe to Asia.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Dentsu Nabs IPG Exec for Americas PR
By Greg Hazley
belle lenzBelle Lenz, VP of global communications for IPG Mediabrands, has moved to rival Dentsu Aegis Network as regional director of communications for the Americas, a new role based in New York.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
O'Dwyer's Files Antitrust Complaints vs PRSA
By Jack ODwyer

eric schneidermanViolations of New York State Antitrust Law by PR Society of America, including interference with competition and enforcing press boycotts, have been brought to the attention of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Ferguson PR Winners/Losers
By Fraser Seitel

seitelBeyond that human tragedy of Ferguson, Mo., lies a nightmare of bad judgments and wrong decisions that hold PR lessons for any public official who finds him/herself enmeshed in a similar cauldron.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
WWD Runs Away from Conde Nast
By Kevin McCauley

wwdConde Nast is unloading its Fairchild Fashion Media trade magazine group, which is spearhead by Women's Wear Daily, to Penske Media Corp. in $100M deal.

Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Ferguson Relies on Common Ground for PR Amid Unrest
By Greg Hazley
Common Ground PRThe City of Ferguson, Mo., under control of the Missouri National Guard after days of protests and unrest following a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, has brought in an outside PR firm to keep up with the crush of media inquiries and coverage.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-19-2014
By Greg Hazley
Food/Bev McDonald's confronts its junk food image as sales flag(C. Choi) 
Crisis Waffling lands PR firm Edelman in hot water (Guardian) 
Crisis Barometer rising: Edelman PR and trust (S. Israel) 
PA The VA's unreachable press shop (The Blaze) 
Measurement Don't call it 'measurement,' and 5 more ways to find the money for it (K. Paine) 
Careers If I interview for a social media post at a PR firm, what should I read? (Quora) 
PR 101 Reputation Management 101: Don't attack competitors(BGPR) 
Media NY Post comes up with biggest troll read of the summer(Slate) 
Careers The apprentice route to communications (J. Genova) 
RFP City of Lexington (KY), PR consultants (link)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Army Chaplains Pray for PR Support
By Greg Hazley
chaplainThe Department of Army Chaplains has cast a net for PR support of a new communications plan across the military and major stakeholders.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Israel, Gaza Consume 'Fantasy News'
By Kevin McCauley

economistIsrael and Gaza media are dishing out "fantasy news" coverage of the current conflict, according to a report in the UK's Economist headlined "propaganda war."

Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Conservation Int'l Names Goldthwaite CMO
By Greg Hazley
meg goldthwaiteMeg Goldthwaite, who led communications and marketing for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, has been named chief marketing officer for Arlington-based global environmental group Conservation International.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Ad Guy Takes Creativity to Golin
By Kevin McCauley
timothy burnsTimothy Bruns, most recently creative director at JWT in New York, now has the same post in Interpublic's Golin's western region in Los Angeles.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
FitzGibbon Closes Books on Anti-Chevron Push
By Kevin McCauley

chrevronWashington's FitzGibbon Media has terminated its subcontract with Brooklyn's McSquared PR, which organized an anti-Chevron campaign bankrolled by Ecuador as part of its long-running legal squabble over pollution in the Amazon.

Category: International
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
PR Firms: You Can't Always Sell When You Want
By Art Stevens
Art StevensTo parallel the famous Rolling Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want," PR firms may also not be able to sell when they want.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
UAE's Flagship Airline Lands DC Rep
By Greg Hazley
michael jenningsAbu Dhabi-based global airline Etihad Airways has added Matthew Jennings in Washington in the new post of senior manager of public affairs as it expands in the US.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 18, 2014
East Africa Economic Push Seeks North America, Europe PR
By Greg Hazley
east africaEconomic development engine for East Africa funded by the several countries including the US is looking for PR agency support to reach North American and European media.
Category: RFPs
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