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Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
Ex-Congressman Does PA for Occupied Cyprus
By Kevin McCauley
Former Brooklyn/Staten Island congressman is handling public affairs and government relations duties for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the occupied section of Cyprus.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
NBA Vet Dribbles to Coyne
By Kevin McCauley
david cooperSeven-year vet of the National Basketball Assn., including a stint at senior director of marketing communications, joins Coyne PR as VP in its sports and media practice.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
Hernandez to DCI Group
By Greg Hazley
New York Times investigative reporter Raymond Hernandez is joining right-leaning PR/PA firm DCI Group in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
New York Journalists in State of Collapse
By Jack O'Dwyer
From an organizational standpoint, New York journalists are in a state of collapse. The groups that are supposed to help them are run by the "haves" of journalism, i.e., the employed.
Category: Media News
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Media: Time's Stengel to State, Maxim Sold, Ad Age Editor to Agency, Newspaper Trade Group Goes Dark
By Kevin McCauley
Time's Stengel to propaganda czar post at State Dept., Maxim sold to Darden, Taplett moves to Defense One, Time Inc acquires Amex mags, AA editor to KBS&P, Newspaper trade group goes dark, NBCU's Shaw tunes in Viacom...
Category: Media News
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Israeli Defense Contractor Hires Ex-Congressman
By Kevin McCauley
rafaelIsrael's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has recruited former Pennsylvania congressman to push for Pentagon, border security and disaster relief contracts.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
GMO Showdown in Washington State
By Greg Hazley
522The PR firm that helped torpedo a ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods in California last year is trying to replicate the victory in Washington this fall.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
PRSA CEO Change Minimized, Assembly Halved
By Jack O'Dwyer
A 31-minute teleconference yesterday for PR Society of America Assembly delegates was told that giving president and COO Bill Murray the single title of CEO is no change whatever because that is the role in which he has been functioning.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
O'Hara: Navigating Brands Through Social Hate
By Katherine O'Hara

katherine o'haraSocial media abounds with "haters" who spew venom and nonsense at personalities and brands. What does a PR person do when a client is under attack?

Category: Social Media
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Fleishman Heads Cone
By Greg Hazley
bill fleishmanCone Communications president Bill Fleishman has been named CEO of the CSR-savvy Omnicom PR shop.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
NYT Takes Unfair Hit for Putin Op-ed
By Kevin McCauley

putinThe New York Times has received "plenty of criticism" for running today's op-ed piece by Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, according to its public editor Margaret Sullivan.

Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Drone Maker Gears for PR Combat
By Greg Hazley
droneDrone maker AeroVironment is relying on outside PR support as a potential showdown looms with a disgruntled institutional investor at its Oct. 4 annual meeting.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Livestrong PR Vet Launches Shop
By Kevin McCauley
katherine mclaneFormer VP-communications & external affairs at Livestrong Foundation, founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, has opened Mach 1 Group strategic PR shop in Austin.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Ketchum's Bornstein to Head M Booth
By Greg Hazley
dale bornsteinSenior partner in 27 years with Ketchum has moved to New York-based consumer and corporate shop M Booth as CEO.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Weber Shandwick to Guide Chobani Comeback
By Kevin McCauley

chobaniChobani, the nation's No. 1 Greek yogurt maker, has selected Weber Shandwick to handle its PR effort.

Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Putin's Powerful Placement
By Kevin McCauley

putinRussia president Vladimir Putin, who uses Ketchum for PR, earned a powerful New York Times op-ed placement today, in which he warned that a U.S. strike against Syria would destabilize the Middle East and northern Africa.

Category: International
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Scientology Touts 9/11 Work
By Greg Hazley
scientologyThe Church of Scientology, which has taken an image beating amid high-profile departures in recent years, in a PR blitz yesterday touted its volunteer work 12 years ago in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Tina Brown To Exit Beast
By Kevin McCauley
tina brownTina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast, is leaving the Barry Diller's IAC online media company, to launch her own company.
Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Honda's Miller Joins Fahlgren Mortine
By Kevin McCauley
ed millerHonda Motor's senior manager, corporate affairs and news/industry relations, joins Fahlgren Mortine as senior VP/national media director.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Alcoa Shrugs Off Dow Snub
By Greg Hazley
dow jonesAlcoa, one of three companies to be dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Sept. 20, said the slight from the high-profile stock index has no impact on the company's plans.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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