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PRSA Eases O'Dwyer Boycott for 2014 Conference

Fri, Oct. 3, 2014

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.

NEA Should Know about PRSA O'Dwyer Boycott

Wed, Sep. 24, 2014

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.

Ethical History of PR Society of America

Mon, Sep. 8, 2014

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.

'Trial of PR' Sept. 8 Needs Exhibits, Dose of Reality

Thu, Sep. 4, 2014

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.

Unethical Practices Mar PRSA 'Ethics Month'

Tue, Sep. 2, 2014

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.

PRSA APRs Throw Bone to Non-APRs

Thu, Aug. 28, 2014

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.


Woman Gets 20 Years for Facebook Posting in Iran

Tue, Jul. 15, 2014

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.

More Journalists Jailed (Myanmar); PRSA Is Silent

Mon, Jul. 14, 2014

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.


PRSA's Cohen Flees US, Blocks E-mails

Wed, Jul. 2, 2014

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."

Where Is PRSA on Egypt's Jailing of Journalists?

Tue, Jul. 1, 2014

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.

Blog: Schultz of Starbucks, End PRSA's Press Boycott

Thu, Jun. 26, 2014

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.

CPA Says PRSA Financial Reports 'Not Real'

Wed, Jun. 25, 2014

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.

FH, AT&T Anti-Texting Push Tops Silver Anvils

Fri, Jun. 13, 2014

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.