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Mon., Apr. 21, 2014
Law Dean Asked to Review PRSA vs. O'Dwyer Actions
By Jack ODwyer
 

Martin KatzDean Martin Katz of the University of Denver Law School, of which PRSA VP-PR Stephanie Cegielski is a 2006 grad, has been asked to study the legal moves of the Society vs. the O’Dwyer Co.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
O'Dwyer Rebuts 35-Count PRSA Indictment
By Jack ODwyer
 

Stephanie Cegielski, VP-PR of PRSA, has cited, as a reason for denying us membership in the Society, the 35 charges that were in a 23-page document dated Sept. 1, 2011. It “clearly lays out why you are unfit to be a member of our organization,” she said in an e-mail April 11.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Editorial - But Not PR Contacts - Are Readily Available
By Jack ODwyer
 

servicesIt’s “open season” for PR people on editors via services like Vocus, Cision, PR Newswire and BusinessWire. But memberships of PR groups are a closely guarded secret.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Apr. 9, 2014
Groups Can Bar People Legally But Not Ethically
By Jack ODwyer
 

augustaPRSA, in barring reporters as members, opens itself to legal action as well as trial in the Court of Public Opinion. It allows employees of BusinessWire as members, so why not reporters?

Category: PRSA
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
PRSA Rejects O'Dwyer Membership, Battle Starts
By Jack ODwyer
 

master'sPR Society of America, after welcoming Jack O'Dwyer as a new member April 3, accepting a $440 credit card payment via its website, then cancelled the membership.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
PRSA Treasurers Fumble Job by Withholding Data
By Jack ODwyer
 

mark mcclennanPRSA treasurers, including 2014’s Mark McClennan of Schwartz MSL, cave to information-stingy staff. The title is fake just like the castrated secret Assembly, the bogus APR process, and the Ethics Code of the Society which champions the “free flow of information.”

Category: PRSA
Thu., Mar. 20, 2014
PRSA Exec Search Is Chance for Chapter-Led Reforms
By Jack ODwyer
 

Revolutionary WarThe 110 chapters of PR Society of America can take the bull by the horns by running the search for a new staff executive. The search committee should be ten chapter presidents.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Editorial: PRSA Must Not Repeat the Mistake of Murray
By Jack ODwyer
 
Bill MurrayBill Murray, the resigned CEO of PRSA, was the worst Society staff head we have experienced since 1968--temperamentally and physically unsuited for the job. This mistake must not be repeated.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Murray Joining Much Smaller Organization
By Jack ODwyer
 
ncaEditorial: Bill Murray, who has resigned as CEO of PR Society of America with nine months to go on his contract, is joining a much smaller organization.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
PRSA CEO to Helm National Coffee Association
By Greg Hazley
 

NCABill Murray, who is stepping down as CEO of PR Society of America, will helm the New York-based National Coffee Association starting June 1.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Murray Forced out of PR Society of America
By Jack ODwyer
 
bill murrayBill Murray, whose seven years at PRSA were marred by anti-press, anti-communications, anti-New York and anti-democratic policies and practices, has resigned, a move we believe was forced on him.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Murray Exits PRSA
By Kevin McCauley
 
bill murrayBill Murray is leaving the PRSA CEO slot after a seven-year stint in June to pursue other opportunities outside the communications sector.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
PRSA-NY Marks New Year with 'Forward' Look
By Greg Hazley
 
prsa-nyPRSA-NY kicked off its 2014 chapter year with its first ever “Forward” party and benefit held at ‘witchcraft Chelsea Piers on Jan. 15, drawing 70 area PR pros.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
PRSA Continues to Withhold Tax Return Filing Date
By Jack ODwyer
 
prsaPR Society of America is continuing to refuse to reveal when it filed its 990 tax return for 2012, a document that showed COO Bill Murray received a $61,000 bonus although 2012 revenues of $11,083,420 were below the 2006 revenues of $11,426,867.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
'Hard Right' APRs Control PRSA DC Chapter
By Jack ODwyer
 
The 31 leaders of the National Capital Chapter of PR Society of America include 25 who are Accredited, although only about 20% of the 1,190 members of the chapter are APR.
Category: PRSA
Wed., Dec. 11, 2013
PRSA on Gift-Giving Binge; Try Ethics Instead
By Jack ODwyer
 
giftPR Society of America, in a desperate effort to keep its membership from slipping below the 2000 mark of 20,266, is offering member prospects all sorts of gifts including the latest, free access to its quarterlyPR Strategist.
Category: PRSA
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
PRSA's Murray Skips IPR for GA in Switzerland
By Jack ODwyer
 
Nearly 300 leaders of the PR industry will gather at the Yale Club in New York tonight for the annual Institute for PR dinner which will feature an address by Kate James, who is moving from the Gates Foundation to Pearson after the first of the year.
Category: PRSA
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
PRSA Offers Holiday 'Gifts' to Boost Membership
By Jack ODwyer
 
giftPR Society of America, in the “spirit of generosity and cheer” that marks the “holiday season,” has launched “Six Weeks of Giving” as part of a year-end membership drive.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Nov. 15, 2013
Kaiser CEO Praises Free Speech, What About His SVP of PR?
By Jack ODwyer
 
Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the $48 billion California healthcare colossus, sings the praises of “freedom of speech” in a four-column feature in the Sunday Nov. 10 New York Times, saying, “You can say whatever you want to say in this office to me.”
Category: PRSA
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Legal Trumps Court of Opinion at PRSA
By Jack ODwyer
 
“How to work with senior managers who defer to the legal function and the court of law rather than PR and the court of public opinion” was the title of a workshop at the PR Society of America conference Oct. 28 in Philadelphia. That is exactly the situation that Stephanie Cegielski, VP-PR of the Society, finds herself in.
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