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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.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Brooklyn Firm Hits $6.4M PR Jackpot with Ecuador
By Kevin McCauley
nathalie suarezEcuador, which has been waging an epic legal struggle with Chevron over a $9B-plus pollution lawsuit, inked a $6.4M contract with Brooklyn's MCSquared to bolster its image in the US and Europe.
Category: International
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-11-2014
By Greg Hazley
Gender Why women thrive in PR (and should they?) (M. Gielkens)
Activism LEGO rebuffs Greenpeace campaign video to ditch Shell(J. Wheeler) 
Trial Ventura publicist said bar fight story helped book sales(Pioneer Press) 
History Presenting the shadow of PR (H. Yaxley) 
Deals The stakeholders you need to close a big deal (P. Weinstein)
Entertainment 5 PR lessons we can learn from Lady Gaga (L. Wade)
PA Why Congress keeps ignoring its own budget law (S. Collender)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Myanmar Court Sentences Journalists to Hard Labor, Prison
By Greg Hazley
unityA Myanmar court on July 10 sentenced five journalists to 10 years in prison and hard labor after reports that a government factory was planned to manufacture chemical weapons.
Category: Media News
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Hammond Adds Duo, Names CEO
By Greg Hazley
hammondNew York-based travel and luxury PR specialist Lou Hammond & Associates has added two VPs amid a handful of client wins and the elevation of a trio of longtime execs to upper management.
Category: Travel PR
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
Tobacco Giants Confirm Merger Talks
By Greg Hazley
tobaccoReynolds American and Lorillard, the No. 2 and 3 tobacco companies, confirmed in separate news releases today that they are in merger talks.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
UNH Seeks Agency to Grow Sustainability PR
By Greg Hazley
unhThe University of New Hampshire is dangling a communications and media services account to support the Sustainability Institute at UNH, one of the nation's oldest higher education programs in the field.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jul. 11, 2014
PR World Awaits Vatican Communications Revamp
By Toni Muzi Falconi and Giovanni Eugenio Tomassetti

popeAs Pope Francis revamps the Vatican's PR strategy, PR pro Toni Muzi Falconi outlined the communications strategies of the pope and his two predecessors at a UK university this month. Here is an excerpt.

Category: Public Relations
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Corp for Public Broadcasting Dials PR Search
By Greg Hazley
gradThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on the hunt for PR agency support of its initiative to produce content about and raise awareness of the high school dropout crisis in the US.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Blog: Thank you, Sarah Palin, USA's Great Uniter
By Kevin McCauley
palinAmericans are divided on a raft of issues but one core truth unites the country from east to west and north and south -- Sarah Palin should just go away.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-10-2014
By Greg Hazley
Healthcare The other FDA guidance you should be paying attention to (J. Keller) 
Crime Former Tulsa CEO accused of molesting 8-year-old at Grand Lake restaurant (Grove Sun) 
Food Candymaker Mars names chief health officer (Ad Age) 
Corporate Wal-Mart calls for US-made products (Chicago Trib) 
Critics How to change the conversation about your brand through disruptive storytelling (T. Robbins) 
Media Lessons from journalists with the most Twitter followers(Muckrack) 
Media ABC News apologizes after making big Israel-Palestine error(HuffPost) 
Entertainment Kelly Cutrone shutters LA office (Racked) 
Politics (G. Mayers) Obama's 'walkabouts' — PR stunt or gamble?
Comeback Todd Akin returns to national stage (Politico)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
American Apparel Rescuer Tries On Weber Shandwick
By Greg Hazley
american apparelStandard General, the New York hedge fund that inked a deal to bail out American Apparel on July 9, has engaged Weber Shandwick for PR.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Glover Park Surfs Media Wave for Discovery
By Kevin McCauley
discoveryGlover Park Group is helping Discovery Communications navigate the merger wave that is washing over the media world.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Schwartz of CBS Defends Double Identity
By Jack O'Dwyer

schwartzGil Schwartz, senior executive VP and chief communications officer for CBS, who writes for Fortune and elsewhere as "Stanley Bing," says using a pen name is "an honorable institution."

Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Jul. 10, 2014
Pathologists Research PR Help
By Greg Hazley
uscapThe hundred-year-old academy for promoting pathology research and education is on the hunt for marketing communications proposals.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Jul. 9, 2014
Vatican Forms Committee to Propose PR Reforms
By Greg Hazley
pattenThe Vatican has formed a high-profile committee charged with overseeing and reforming its global communications to be led by former BBC Trust chair Chris Patten.
Category: International
Wed., Jul. 9, 2014
Popeyes Plucks Burke for Communications
By Greg Hazley
todd burkeAirline PR vet Todd Burke has landed at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the Atlanta-based franchisor and operator of the Popeyes fast-food chicken chain.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jul. 9, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-09-2014
By Greg Hazley
Media The Walmart-NY Times spat reveals a bigger PR trend (L. Hoffman) 
Journalism Media don't think robots can replace journos, check out this article written by a computer (BI) 
Definitions PR is relationship & communications marketing (R. Iliff) 
PR Top 7 bummers of summer in the PR world (R. Polster) 
Media If reporters tweeted what they were really doing(Romenesko)
Infographic Here's the biggest company in every state (Vox) 
Int'l Garth Brooks fiasco hurts Ireland's global reputation(Independent)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Jul. 9, 2014
Big Biz Enlist Gephardt for Ex-Im Survival
By Kevin McCauley
NAMNational Association of Manufacturers has enlisted former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt to fend off Republican threats to kill the US Export-Import Bank, which they claim provides corporate welfare to giant companies such as Boeing, General Electric and Caterpillar.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 9, 2014
Lou Hammond Pros Launch Shop
By Kevin McCauley
deckerCathleen Decker and Stacy Royal, veterans of Lou Hammond & Assocs., have launched Decker Royal Agency in New York to serve travel, hospitality, and culinary clients.
Category: PR Firms
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