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Thu., Apr. 28, 2016
Agency CEO Hass to Teach at ASU
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Mark HassMark Hass, a former CEO for Edelman and MSLGroup, has been appointed a professor of Arizona State University's business and journalism schools.
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Thu., Apr. 14, 2016
Wi-Fi Now Confab Bars Press; FCC Commissioner Told
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Jessica RosenworcelThe Wi-Fi Now 2016 conference April 19-21 in Tysons Corner, Va., after giving O’Dwyer’s press credentials, has withdrawn them after being told O’Dwyer’s would raise health issues related to Wi-Fi, cellphones and other radiation sources. (3 reader comments)
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Mon., Apr. 4, 2016
Phony Press Release Gives Pfizer April Fool's Headache
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PfizerA bogus press release purportedly from Pfizer that fooled the Washington Post on March 31 led to a retraction by the paper and legal threat by the drugmaker.
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Wed., Jan. 6, 2016
Repeat Offenders Top 2015 PR Crisis List
By Arthur Solomon
 
arthur solomonA look back at 2015, the year in crisis PR, reveals familiar faces and themes.
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Thu., Dec. 31, 2015
Happy New Year, 2016!
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Times SquareThe O'Dwyer's staff wishes you a happy and prosperous 2016. Happy New Year!
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Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
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Gingerbread cookies in window at Lord & TaylorA chorus of gingerbread cookies on parade in the window of Lord and Taylor on 5th Ave. in NYC.

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Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
Census Bureau Begins PR Search Process for 2020
By Greg Hazley
 
censusThe Census Bureau has scheduled a preliminary event on the extensive agency search process to handle its lucrative advertising and PR contracts for the upcoming 2020 count.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Dec. 3, 2015
MSL's Wilson to Lead PR Council
By Greg Hazley
 
renee wilsonRenee Wilson, chief client officer at MSLGroup and former North America president of the Publicis firm, has been tapped to lead the PR Council as president.
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Mon., Nov. 30, 2015
Spong Stepping Down From Agency That Bears His Name
By Matthew Schwartz
 
Doug SpongThe move comes soon after Spong named managing director Julie Batliner as the PR agency’s new president.
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Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Why PR Pros Can Be Thankful
By Eric Hausman
 
Eric HausmanWith Thanksgiving upon us, now is an opportune time to take a moment to remember what we PR professionals can be thankful for this year
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Nov. 20, 2015
Fernandez Tells PR Pros to Embrace Their Critics
By Matthew Schwartz
 
Institute for Public RelationsAccepting the Alexander Hamilton Medal for Lifetime Contribution to PR, Mike Fernandez stressed that the PR profession needs to take pains to rebuild public trust and step up its diversity efforts.
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Tue., Nov. 17, 2015
Blog: Sheen Goes Traditional Media Route to Announce HIV-Positive Status
By Matthew Schwartz
 
Charlie SheenDespite the increasing clout of social media channels—not to mention the growing influence of hipster Websites like BuzzFeed and Mashable—traditional channels such as 'Today' still pack an incredible punch.
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Nov. 13, 2015
Neotrope Rolls Out 16th Annual PR Grant Program for Nonprofits
By Matthew Schwartz
 
Netrope, Non-Profit PR GrantsThe average value of each grant is $2,500 and will be offered to as many as 100 nonprofit organizations "doing good" on a local or national level for 2016.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Nov. 12, 2015
New Book Focuses on What PR Agency Owners Need to Know About Selling Their Shops
By Matthew Schwartz
 

Art StevensAccording to Stevens the book will be given free of charge to any U.S. PR agency owner who requests it. It will also be available in a quality paperback version as well as through Amazon. 

Category: Public Relations
Tue., Nov. 10, 2015
'SNL' is the Winner of Donald Trump's 'SNL' Appearance
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianBy hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live last weekend Trump cashed in on his celebrity brand, making a case for himself as a populist anti-establishment Republican candidate who is making “America Great Again” through self-deprecation, bravado and entertainment.
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Nov. 6, 2015
Amid the Shiny and New, PR Canít Forget the Unsexy Stuff
By Andrew Ricci
 

Andrew RicciThink about how your clients might be impacted by issues or in ways outside of your current scope of work. Are there opportunities for your client to be involved in the debate?

Category: Public Relations
Thu., Nov. 5, 2015
Writing Wrongs: Read this Before Writing with Your Gut
By Ben Lincoln
 
Ben LincolnLeft unchecked, gut-given writing rarely sticks out. That’s because the first thing that enters a busy writer’s brain is rarely the best thing.
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