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Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
Hogan Lovells Props Up Faltering Venezuela
By Kevin McCauley
Hogan Lovells logoHogan Lovells is representing Venezuela, which is on the brink of economic collapse due to plunging oil prices below $60 per-barrel, on its relations with the US.
Category: Foreign government
Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
Blog: PR Owes Debt of Gratitude to North Korea's Kim Jung Un
By Kevin McCauley
Kim Jung UnKim Jung Un, North Korea's off-kilter leader, demonstrates the vulnernability of companies to hacking, need for crisis planning and power of word-of-mouth communications. He's a PR superstar.
Category: Crisis Communications
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Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
No Company is Immune to a Data Breach
By Denise DesChenes

Cyber-attackData breaches continue to dominate the headlines, as cyber-criminals find new ways to infiltrate computer systems and wreak reputational havoc.  No industry — and no consumer — is safe from the potentially devastating impact of these crimes.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
MWW's Kempner Takes BBG Board Seat
By Kevin McCauley
Michael KempnerMichael Kempner, MWW founder/CEO, takes seat on board of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees US-backed international civilian media.
Category: Media News
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Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
UK Probes Cision/Gorkana Link
By Kevin McCauley
Cision & GorkanaThe British antitrust watchdog today announced it is reviewing Cision's $300M-plus acquisition of Gorkana Group to gauge its impact on competition in the United Kingdom.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
Blog: Sony Entertainment Chief Lynton Snags PR Chutzpah Award
By Kevin McCauley
Michael LyntonThere are a few precious days left in 2014, but it looks like Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has locked up the PR Chutzpah of the Year Award.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
King of Beers Bonds with Bond
By Kevin McCauley
Anheuser-BuschAnheuser-Busch Cos. has tapped Kit Bond Strategies for government affairs duties related to the production, marketing, tax and sale of alcohol beverages.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
Columbia J-School to Vet Rolling Stone's Edit Process
By Kevin McCauley
Image from Rolling Stone story on UVAColumbia University's Graduate School of Journal agreed to review the editorial process behind Rolling Stone's now discredited report about gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia.
Category: Media News
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
Fernandez Sits in APCO's NA Chair
By Kevin McCauley
Nelson FernandezNelson Fernandez, managing director of APCO Worldwide's New York office, has been upped to North America chair at the Washington-based shop.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Dec. 23, 2014
Havas Acquires Formula PR
By Greg Hazley
formulaFrench marketing conglomerate Havas has acquired New York-based PR agency Formula with an eye on boosting its North American reach alongside Havas PR.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Dec. 23, 2014
Sony Reverses, Will Release 'The Interview'
By Greg Hazley
the interviewSony Pictures Entertainment has reversed course and said today it will release "The Interview" in a limited number of theaters on Christmas, days after the company faced criticism for pulling the plug on the controversial film.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Dec. 23, 2014
Agencies Flock to Army Industry Day Ahead of Ad, PR Account Review
By Greg Hazley
armyNearly three dozen agencies attended the U.S. Army's "industry day" for marketing and advertising firms on Dec. 3 in San Antonio as the Army mulls a review of its nine-figure recruitment advertising and PR account.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Dec. 23, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 12-23-2014
By Greg Hazley
Careers The surprising gender wage gap in PR (@FastCompany) 

 AP editors poll: Police killings top story of 2014 (AP) 

Everyone wants creativity in communications. What's holding back? (L. Hoffman) 

Capitalizing on Sony hack, secret messaging app pitches Hollywood (WSJ) 

PR, advertising for Indiana state agency (link)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Dec. 23, 2014
Al Jazeera: 'Journalism is Not a Crime'
By Greg Hazley
al jazeeraAl Jazeera English will air an hour-long special, "Journalism is Not a Crime," on Dec. 29, part of the news organization's press freedom campaign urging the release of three of its journalists incarcerated in Egypt for the past year.
Category: Media News
Tue., Dec. 23, 2014
Coca-Cola Unplugs Voicemail to Boost Productivity
By Greg Hazley
voicemailCoca-Cola has given employees the option to pull the plug on voicemail for at its Atlanta headquarters and technology plaza, urging staffers to use text-based communication in a bid to boost productivity.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
O'Dwyer: Review of 2014 - Economic, Racial, Media, PR Upheavals Marked the Year
By Jack O'Dwyer

midtermsIncome disparity was one of the engines driving the protests that were ignited by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. GOP victory, PR and media changes, Sony, GM and others made headlines. 

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
Ex-H&K CEO Taaffe Takes Huntsworth Helm
By Kevin McCauley
paul taaffePaul Taaffe, who served eight years at the helm of Hill & Knowlton, is taking over for Peter Chadlington, 72, as CEO of Huntsworth.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
Brands Have a Field Day With Fantasy Football
By Erika Kauffman
ESPN fantasy footballThere’s no denying that people love fantasy football. The pastime’s popularity has exploded in recent years, and the cultural fixture is now even the backdrop for a sitcom. Here’s what PR pros can do to connect with this growing market.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
What if North Korea Attacked a Toymaker Rather than Sony?
By Bill Huey
hueyWhat if North Korea attacked a maker of bobbleheads rather than high-profile Hollywood studio? The Obama Administration's response to Sony hack shows White House is woefully unprepared for cyber-war on commercial sector.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014
Sony Bolsters PR with Crisis Guru Smith
By Greg Hazley
michael lyntonSony Pictures Entertainment has brought in crisis PR support from Smith & Co as Sony CEO Michael Lynton does a press tour to defend its decision to scuttle "The Interview" debut.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
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