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Thu., Dec. 11, 2014
NBC's Brian Williams Leads Elon Fund Drive
By Jack O'Dwyer

williamsNBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams, whose son Douglas is 2013 graduate of Elon University, Elon, N.C., is assisting the school in its $15 million drive to expand its School of Communications.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Dec. 8, 2014
PR, Journo Jobs Are Among The Most Stressful
By Jack O'Dwyer
CareerCastPR jobs rank near the top in producing stress, says Its list of the “Ten Worst Jobs of 2014” puts “newspaper reporter” in second position.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
PRSA Offers $225 "Black Friday" Bonus to New Members
By Jack O'Dwyer

Black FridayPR Society of America, in a year-end membership drive, is offering membership benefits worth $225 to those who sign up by Nov. 30.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Nov. 3, 2014
PR Profs Brainwash Selves, Students
By Jack O'Dwyer

prsaPR profs, including Tina McCorkindale and Marcia DiStaso of the PRSA Educators Academy, hail "dialogic looping" (i.e., people talking to each other) as the sine qua non of PR. But they don't practice it. 

Category: PRSA
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
PRSA CEO Got $63K Bonus
By Jack O'Dwyer

bill murrayPRSA CEO Bill Murray, who had a $61K bonus in 2012, got another bonus of $63K in 2013 for a total of $430K, according to the group's 's 2013 IRS Form 990. He quit the Society March 7, 2014, effective June 1.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014
PRSA CEO Joins in 2015 from Three Trade Groups
By Jack O'Dwyer

joseph truncaleJoseph Truncale, who "joins" PRSA as CEO, a release said yesterday, actually won't arrive until January. He is from a merger of three printing, mailing and fulfillment trade groups (AMSP, NAPL and NAQP).

Category: PRSA
Mon., Oct. 13, 2014
Capozzi Outlines Efforts to Boost Minorities in PR
By Jack O'Dwyer
lou capozziLou Capozzi, president of the PRSA Foundation, on Oct. 13 described efforts of the Foundation to increase minority participation in PR.
Category: PRSA
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014
PRSA Softens APR Rule for Board, Elects McClennan
By Jack O'Dwyer
APRThe PRSA Assembly Oct. 11 voted 185 to 57 to allow non-accredited members to run for the board for the first time since the 1970s. Mark McClennan bested Blake Lewis for chair-elect by a 156-110 margin.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014
PRSA Hotel Permits O'Dwyer Lobby Exhibit
By Jack O'Dwyer
Marriott Wardman Park HotelThe Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel, site of the 2014 conference of PRSA Oct. 11-14, is allowing a lobby display of O’Dwyer products. The Society had refused to sell us exhibit space.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Oct. 3, 2014
PRSA Eases O'Dwyer Boycott for 2014 Conference
By Jack O'Dwyer
Jack O’Dwyer will be allowed to cover the PRSA Assembly in D.C. Oct. 11 for the first time since 2010. O’Dwyer senior editor Kevin McCauley gets “credentials” for the entire conference.
Category: PRSA
Wed., Sep. 24, 2014
NEA Should Know about PRSA O'Dwyer Boycott
By Jack O'Dwyer
Natl Education Assn.Leaders of the National Education Assn. should know about the boycott of PRSA vs. the O'Dwyer Co. because Nance Larsen communications director of NEA-Alaska, is on the Ethics Board of the Society.
Category: PRSA
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Ethical Test for PRSA: How it Runs Contest for Chair-Elect
By Jack O'Dwyer

prsaBlake Lewis is opposing Mark McClennan for chair-elect of PRSA -- the first contested election since 2000. The battle of Joann Killeen and Art Stevens generated charges of impropriety.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Sep. 8, 2014
Ethical History of PR Society of America
By Jack O'Dwyer
PRSA logoThe Society, while providing many benefits to members and the PR industry, also has compiled a record of various ethical and legal abuses.
Category: PRSA
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
'Trial of PR' Sept. 8 Needs Exhibits, Dose of Reality
By Jack O'Dwyer

granat andersonSeven people representing PR firms, media and a digital communications firm will argue Sept. 8 whether "PR people practice deception." What this "mock trial" needs is a dose of reality, plus exhibits.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014
Unethical Practices Mar PRSA 'Ethics Month'
By Jack O'Dwyer

mark mcclennanSeptember is "Ethics Awareness Month" at PR Society of America but undemocratic, anti-media, and anti-informational practices mar the celebration.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Aug. 29, 2014
Ethics Specialist Hawthorne to PRSA/NY Panel
By Jack O'Dwyer

fran hawthorneFran Hawthorne, author of Ethical Chic—An Investigation of Starbucks, Apple, Trader Joe’s (and others)  has joined the "Mock Tribunal of PR" of PRSA/NY on Sept. 8.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
PRSA APRs Throw Bone to Non-APRs
By Jack O'Dwyer

APRPRSA's all-accredited leadership, responding to complaints against the APR monopoly on national offices since 1975, may allow two non-APRs on board of 17.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
'Mock Tribunal of PR' by PRSA/NY Mocks Itself By Barring Press
By Jack O'Dwyer

mock tribunalThe "Mock Tribunal of PR" of PRSA/New York Sept. 8 mocks its own self by barring reporters from the event.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Federal Antitrust Complaint Filed vs PRSA
By Jack O'Dwyer

antitrustO’Dwyer's, in a further move aimed at busting the PRSA boycott against it, has lodged a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Justice Antitrust division.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
O'Dwyer's Files Antitrust Complaints vs PRSA
By Jack O'Dwyer

eric schneidermanViolations of New York State Antitrust Law by PR Society of America, including interference with competition and enforcing press boycotts, have been brought to the attention of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Mon., Oct. 17
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