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Wed., Jun. 11, 2014
Borges Brings in Access' Young in SF
By Greg Hazley
michael youngMichael Young, senior VP at Access Communications, has moved to Miami-based tech firm Max Borges Agency as an executive VP in its new San Francisco outpost.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Jun. 11, 2014
Sports Leagues (and Sponsors) Need PR Rewrites
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonFrom the NFL, NHL and NBA to the International Olympic Committee, sports entities have long flouted the rules (and laws) of decency, abetted by their allies -- sponsors.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Turkey Tags Alpaytac for $1.4M PR Push
By Kevin McCauley

huma gruazTurkey's DC embassy has lined up Chicago’s Alpaytac for a one-year contract pegged at $1.4M for PR and communications services.

Category: International
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Palm Beach Reviews Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
palm beachPalm Beach County's destination marketing organization is calling for PR proposals to pitch the region in the US and international markets as a premier travel locale.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Debt-Plagued First Data Corp Charges King with Comms
By Greg Hazley
josh kingJosh King, a politically savvy top communications and marketing exec for insurer Willis Group Holdings, has followed Willis' former CEO to troubled Fortune 500 payment processor First Data Corp. in Atlanta to lead global communications and corporate affairs.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Conservatives Deserve Better Than Fox News
By Kevin McCauley
There's no doubt that Fox News offers lively and entertaining fare, but if conservatives ever want to exert political change in this country, they have to dump the Rupert Murdoch/Roger Ailes creation.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Apple CEO eyes 'friendlier, more approachable face' for PR efforts(@recode) 
Wikipedia PR's answer to the Camp David Accord (S. Cody) 
Wikipedia On today's multiagency Wikipedia statement (P. Gomes)
Wikipedia Narrowing the chasm between PR pros and Wikipedia(S. Ford) 
PR 101 Why your press release was DOA (J. Heigl) 
Travel Top 3 ways to qualify travel bloggers (B. Wood) 
Events PR at events - The calm before the storm (A. Lloyd) 
Measurement Social media metrics & measurement continue to evolve (D. Bartholomew) 
Digital If a digital ad falls in the wrong place, does it make an impression? (B. Bernie)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Coyne Runs Wit Da Dogs
By Kevin McCauley
ncrcThe National Canine Research Council has selected Coyne PR to promote its mission to preserve/strengthen mankind's appreciation and understanding of dogs.
Category: News of Accounts
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
DKC Adds GH's Currey in Chicago
By Greg Hazley
molly curreyMolly Currey, executive creative director for GolinHarris in Chicago, has moved to DKC's Windy City outpost as an EVP to lead a new consumer packaged goods practice.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
New York Mag's O'Dwyer Link Roils Wikipedia
By Jack O'Dwyer

kevin gormanNew York magazine, a "reliable source" to Wikipedia, has upset WP editors by linking to the coverage of WP critic Gregory Kohs being banned from the May 30-June 1 conference.

Category: Wikipedia
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Univ of South Carolina Biz School Eyes Global PR
By Greg Hazley

uscThe University of South Carolina's business school, with a new dean and $105M building to open this summer, is on the hunt for a global PR firm to boost its rankings, reputation and recruitment.

Category: RFPs
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Marsh Names Top Marketing, Comms Exec
By Greg Hazley
kristie bouryalKristie Bouryal, who stepped down as senior VP of global corporate communications for Nielsen earlier this year, has been named chief marketing and communications officer for insurer Marsh.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014
Win or Lose, Google Plays Winning PR Hand
By Ronn Torossian
glassIf you are reading this looking for another article slamming Google for their success, then you have come to the wrong place. And not only are the King of the hill, they are also great at PR. 
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Youth Marketing Wiz Lands at MWW
By Kevin McCauley
sheena stephensSheena Stephens, who helped put Razor USA scooter company on the map as PR/social media director, is now at MWW's Los Angeles office.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Foreign Exchange Operation Dangles $500K PR Biz
By Kevin McCauley
forexGlobal foreign exchange technology and services provider is looking for a PR firm to handle its $500K account.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Ex-Senator Speaks for Koch Bros
By Kevin McCauley
don nicklesFormer Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Nickles is working for the Koch Brothers' family business, tackling issues regarding campaign finance and repeal of the wind energy production tax credit.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Rubenstein Aids Pop Up AIDS Exhibit
By Greg Hazley
exhibitRubenstein PR is producing a weeklong pop-up exhibit in New York featuring eco-friendly activist jewelry designer Tatiana Pagés and her LAIO Collection. 
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Obama's Real Bergdahl Problem: Tone Deaf PR
By Fraser Seitel
bergdahlPresident Obama is in hot water for his prisoner swap to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Univ of Florida Enrolls Hopson for Agency Startup
By Greg Hazley

andy hopsonThe University of Florida has registered Chicago agency PR vet Andy Hopson to start up a strategic communication agency as part of its College of Journalism and Communications.

Category: PR in Higher Education
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
IABC, PRSA Cave to Association Culture
By Jack O'Dwyer

iabc, prsaIABC and PRSA, again proving you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, are opting for high-priced association execs to "lead" them instead of hands-on PR pros who can handle facts surfaced by traditional and blogger press.

Category: Associations
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