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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.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
PRSA Seeks Ethics Sheen from 'Mr. Ethics'
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

randy cohenPRSA/New York, in a bid to tie itself and national to "ethics" (although national spent $1,057 on ethics in 2013), features ex-New York Times ethics columnist Randy Cohen in a program Sept. 8 that charges "PR professionals practice deception."

Category: PRSA
Tue., Jul. 15, 2014
Woman Gets 20 Years for Facebook Posting in Iran
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Roya NobakhtRoya Nobakht, 47, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Iran for comments on Facebook that allegedly insulted the country’s leadership. "Social media" can be a dangerous place.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
More Journalists Jailed (Myanmar); PRSA Is Silent
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

fiske, cohenFive Myanmar journalists, aged 22-28, have been hit with ten years in prison at hard labor for covering charges the government is producing chemical weapons.  PRSA, whose "PR for PR" includes commenting on current topics, is silent.

 
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Wed., Jul. 2, 2014
PRSA's Cohen Flees US, Blocks E-mails
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

cohenAn attempt to ask PRSA chair Joe Cohen via e-mail for a statement on Egypt jailing three journalists found Cohen telling all e-mailers July 1 he is "out of the country till July 7 and will not be checking e-mail."

Category: PRSA
Tue., Jul. 1, 2014
Where Is PRSA on Egypt's Jailing of Journalists?
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
fiskePRSA, which has commented on issues such as News Corp.'s hacking scandal, a PR firm "blacklisting" media, and paid vs. unpaid internships, is strangely silent on Egypt's jailing of journalists.
Category: PRSA
Mon., Jun. 30, 2014
Egypt's Journalist Jailings Mirrored in US at PRSA
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

al jazeera reportersEgypt's jailing of three journalists for seven years on bogus charges has been called "farcical," "draconian," etc. An exact parallel exists in the U.S. where PRSA bars reporters on inane charges.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Jun. 27, 2014
Attempt to Reach PRSA Chair Joe Cohen Fails
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

mwwAn attempt yesterday to reach PRSA chair Joe Cohen via a personal visit to his office at 304 Park ave. south at 23rd st., New York, failed. He has not responded to O’Dwyer phone calls, e-mails or letters.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Jun. 26, 2014
Blog: Schultz of Starbucks, End PRSA's Press Boycott
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

howard schultzHoward Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, named one of "Most Ethical Retailers" by Ethisphere Institute, has the power to end the PRSA press boycott. His VP of corporate communications is co-chair of the Society's conference in D.C. Oct. 11-14.

Category: PRSA
Wed., Jun. 25, 2014
CPA Says PRSA Financial Reports 'Not Real'
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
prsaA CPA who examined the 2013 audit of PR Society of America, focusing on the $304,305 in "deferred dues" when dues income is $5,180,386, says dues should not be booked until earned.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Jun. 24, 2014
McClennan Faces Lewis for PRSA Chair-Elect
By Greg Hazley
 
lewis, mcclennanMSLGroup senior VP Mark McClennan will square off against Dallas PR counselor Blake Lewis to be chair-elect of PRSA.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
FH, AT&T Anti-Texting Push Tops Silver Anvils
By Greg Hazley
 
it can waitAT&T and FleishmanHillard won top honors at PRSA's 2014 Silver Anvil Awards on June 12 for a well-received campaign against texting built on its four-year-old "It Can Wait" effort.
Category: PRSA
Mon., May 26, 2014
Memorial Day--Remember What Soldiers Died For
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

memorial dayHundreds of thousands of Americans died so that not only their fellow Americans but citizens in numerous other nations would have rights such as due process before being denied anything and the right to face accusers.

Category: PRSA
Mon., May 19, 2014
Story No One Wants: PRSA's Feeble Finances, CEO Out
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

bill murrayPR Society of America's 2013 income was less than it was in 2006; member total is where it was in 2000; only $1,057 was spent on "ethics in 2013," and $423K CEO Bill Murray suddenly quit. But no one's interested in this story (except us).

 
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