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Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
Communicating Corporate Governance Practices
By Mark Harnett
 
Mark HarnettDue in part to a rise in shareholder activism, a spotlight has been placed recently on corporate governance policies. As a result, it’s paramount that public companies implement communications strategies that focus corporate governance.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
Schwartz Files in at Intuit
By Kevin McCauley
 

Allison Schwartz has joined Intuit of Mountain View, Cal. as VP-government relations and public affairs.

Category: Financial Management
 
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SKDKnick Suits Up for Planned Parenthood
By Kevin McCauley
 
Planned ParenthoodPlanned Parenthood, which is under a blistering assault from conservative groups and Republicans for what they framed as the "baby organ trafficking" scandal,  has hired crisis firm SKDKnickerbocker to handle its crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
PR Links: Tom Brady & Deflategate, Lion Killer Walter Palmer, Cuban on Trump...
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Deflategate Patriots, Robert Kraft go to familiar public relations playbook to defend Tom Brady (USA Today)
Lion Killer Dentist Walter Palmer Hires PR Firm After Public Outrage Over Slaying Of Beloved Lion (Radar online)
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Journalism Violence and censorship are weakening Latin America democracies (CPJ)
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Oberdorfer Dies at 84
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Don Oberdorfer, who was the Washington Post's "ace foreign policy writer," died from complications form Alzheimer's disease. He was 84.
Category: Media News
Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
Court Shows Faulty Reasoning on Hampton Eruv
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
Joseph FarnetiThe Suffolk County Court decision June 30 calling on Southampton to allow an eruv Jewish boundary hinges on the word, “display.” It fails to acknowledge that eruvim are widely displayed on Synagogue and Google websites.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Palestinians Bank on DLA Piper
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Palestine Monetary Authority has inked a $600K pact with DLA Piper to strengthen its relationship with the US Government.
Category: Economic Development
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Losses Mount at Twitter
By Kevin McCauley
 
TwitterTwitter today posted a $136.7M second-quarter deficit, a slight improvement from the year ago $144.6M red ink flow.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Joele Frank Hits Double at Teva
By Kevin McCauley
 

Joele FrankJoele Frank handled media for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' July 27 $40B acquisition of Allergan Generics and same-day termination of its $40B hostile bid to acquire Mylan NV.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Brunswick Tops MergerMarket 1H Deal List
By Kevin McCauley
 
BrunswickBrunswick topped MergerMarket's first-half global deal rankings, pulling off 82 transactions worth $334.5B, taking first place in both categories.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
McGraw Hill Swallows SNL
By Kevin McCauley
 
McGraw Hill Financial is acquiring SNL Financial, a data analytics business that serves the financial, energy, media and real estate sectors, for $2.2B in cash.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Foxwoods Puts PR Chips on SHIFT
By Kevin McCauley
 
Shift Comms.Foxwoods Resort Casino, operator of the largest resort casino in the US, has selected SHIFT Communications of Boston to handle its PR account following a competitive pitch.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
PRSA VP-PR Stephanie Cegielski Leaves Society
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
Stephanie CegielskiStephanie Cegielski, who joined PR Society of America as associate director of PR in August 2012, rising to VP-PR after the sudden death of Arthur Yann in 2013, has left the Society, sources say.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Business Insider Expands Reach
By Kevin McCauley
 
Tech InsiderBusiness Insider today launched Tech Insider, a standalone website staffed by 40, in its effort to expand from its digital business news heritage.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Fahlgren Mortine Books North Dakota's Travel PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
North DakotaFahlgren Mortine won the competitive pitch from the North Dakota Dept. of Commerce to promote tourism for the Peace Garden State.
Category: Travel PR
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Ex-Gore Aide Jentleson Goes to APCO
By Kevin McCauley
 
Bruce JentlesonBruce Jentleson, former foreign policy advisor to former VP Al Gore and Duke University professor, has joined APCO at its Raleigh outpost.
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Jul. 28, 2015
Book Review: The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech
By Kevin McVicker
 
The SilencingIn The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech [Regnery], USA Today columnist and FOX News Channel commentator Kirsten Powers examines many examples of what she calls the “illiberal left,” those who look to silence debate and impose viewpoints of morality, education, fairness and many other subjects.
Category: Book Review
Mon., Jul. 27, 2015
Lauder Hires ACG to Pursue Nazi-Stolen Art
By Kevin McCauley
 
Ron LauderCosmetics kingpin Ron Lauder has hired American Continental Group to bolster his campaign to pressure museums to return Nazi era-confiscated art to the children/heirs of their owners.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Jul. 27, 2015
Blog: Americans Back Iran Nuke Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
Americans United for ChangeAmericans back President Obama's Iranian nuclear deal by a solid 54 to 38 percent margin, according to a poll released today by the left-leaning Americans United for Change operation.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 27, 2015
Madden, Edelman CSR/World Bank Alum, Moves to B-M
By Kevin McCauley
 
Jane MaddenJane Madden, the former executive VP at Edelman who launched its corporate social responsibility/sustainability practice in Chicago, has joined Burson-Marsteller.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
 
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