Media watchdog Media Matters for America is taking oil giant Chevron to task for its launch of a local “news” site in Richmond, Cal., the site of its 2012 refinery fire that led to a financial settlement of $2M for fines and restitutions.
Should a PR firm represent a client that is adverse to American interests? In this case, the client is Russia, represented by Ketchum, but the same question could be asked by most international PR firms which have toiled on behalf of foreign accounts or governments.
When O’Dwyer’s asked me to write up my thoughts on the state of public relations trends and the challenges of managing a PR agency in 2014, my first response was, well, ambivalence. Why? In short, my outlook is both bleak and upbeat.
Brodeur Partners and former client Blackberry have settled a $700K lawsuit by the PR firm, which claimed the former Research in Motion didn't pay for work on a "make or break" campaign for the mobile device maker.
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