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Last Updated: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

Record Number of Journalists Jailed in '17

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CPJ annual reportA record number of 262 journalists were jailed for their work in 2017 as of Dec. 1, with Turkey, China and Egypt ranking as the top three gulags, according to the annual report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

White House's Controversial Comms. Director Quits

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

OmarosaOmarosa Manigault Newman, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison and frequent contestant on Trump's "The Apprentice," is leaving her position. (1 reader comment)

Expectations, Values Vary Between Millennial PR Pros, Older Generations

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersA survey that gauged Millennial PR pros’ opinions regarding everything from compensation to agency leadership preferences illustrates the intergenerational gaps that exist between members of this age group and their older colleagues. (1 reader comment)

Peraton Crowns McQueen CCO

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Matt McQueenPeraton, which develops technology solutions for the defense, intelligence, homeland security and space sectors, has named Matt McQueen chief communications officer.

People on the Move

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Sophie ScottFleishmanHillard promotes Scott to technology czar... Brownstein Group names Carney first-ever content director, taps Publicis Health vet Harty for group director slot... Smart glass' company View Inc. recruits Polycom PR head Craig as corpcomm chief.

Brand Advocacy in Influencer Marketing: a Win for Sports

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Samantha Baier

Samantha BaierThe current model of influencer marketing must evolve in ways that adopt a level of customization if communicators want to drive relevant conversations that better engage target audiences, building lasting relationships with trusted and genuine brand advocates.

Safian Exits Fast Company

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Bob SafianBob Safian, who became editor of Fast Company in Feb. '07, is leaving the magazine at the end of January to explore other opportunities.

Accounts in Transit

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Condado VanderbiltJ Public Relations checks in to new hotel clients in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bali... Bob Gold & Assocs. promotes Global Net Solutions' IoT S-Badge... Zapwater Communications dines at Veggie Grill.

Morrison Advocates for Undocumented Irish

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Bruce MorrisonMorrison Public Affairs Group is working with the Embassy of Ireland related to its effort to help undocumented Irish in the US gain work and travel authorization under "deferred action" immigration status.

SEC Cites Cryptocurrency Concerns

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Jay ClaytonA statement issued Monday by Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton says that investors need to be careful when entering the world of cryptocurrency.

Podesta Alums Launch PA Shop

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Izzy KleinTwo Podesta Group alums have joined forces to launch Klein/Johnson Group in DC, boasting of their close ties to leaders of both parties in the Senate. (1 reader comment)

Boomers Boom on Social Media

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Baby Boomer

Baby Boomers’ presence on social media platforms has effectively doubled in the last year, from 24 percent in 2016 to 48 percent in 2017.

Media Movers

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Ryan LizzaRyan Lizza, veteran New Yorker DC correspondent noted for his role in bouncing The Mooch, is fired for alleged sexual harrassment.... C.J.Kettler named president of King Features, home of Betty Boop, Krazy Kat, Popeye....Miguel Monteverde rumbles over to Rumble, video platform.

Gagnier Gets Front Row Seat for OLE's PrimeSport Bid

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

On LocationGagnier Communications represents On Location Experiences, the official hospitality provider of the NFL, as it acquires The Carlyle Group's PrimeSport unit, which has long-term ticketing deals with the NCAA and PGA.

Three Ways Sports Marketers Can Up Their Game

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Marya Ketchell

Marya KetchellTechnology has disrupted the sports marketing environment in virtually every way, and marketers today must embrace this new reality if they want to remain relevant and succeed. (1 reader comment)

People on the Move

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Whitney ErtelJarrard Phillips, Cate & Hancock hires Whitney Ertel, who spent 10 years in London for Ketchum... French/West/Vaughan chief Rick French elected to Buddy Holly Foundation... Baretz+Brunelle makes round of promotions.

Sard Verbinnen Works Atriumís $2.3B Deal

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Peter LutherSard Verbinnen & Co. represents Montreal’s Atrium Innovations as the “science-based” natural supplements company agrees to be acquired by Nestle for $2.3B cash/debt.

Commentary

Saving Garrison Keillor

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelHow public relations could help "A Prairie Home Companion" creator Garrison Keillor recover his good name. (13 reader comments)

Ex-Spokesperson for Ireland PM Joins Edelman

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Feargal PurcellFeargal Purcell, who worked six years as press secretary for Ireland’s former taoiseach Edna Kenny, has joined Edelman as public affairs director.

Jís Helped in Sex Assault StoryóTime

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Time Person of the Year“Phenomenal reporting” by “determined journalists" helped break the female sexual assault story that has dominated media in recent months. (1 reader comment)

Media Moves

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Janice MinJanice Min teams with Nina Tassler to create TV/digital production company focused on projects led by women…. GateHouse Media acquires Boston Herald…. Wall Street Journal ups Emily Gitter to weekend business/finance editor. (1 reader comment)