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Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
Grimm's Grim Switcheroo on Syria
By Kevin McCauley
michael grimmNew York City's only Republican Congressman Michael Grimm today flip-flopped on his support for President Obama's plan to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons that killed more than 1,400 people, including 426 children.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
Publicis Acquires TPM Communications
By Kevin McCauley
Publicis Groupe has acquired Toronto's TPM Communications, a video, digital and event firm with 35 staffers.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
PLU Enrolls Gibbs to Head Marketing, Comms
By Greg Hazley
donna gibbsDonna Gibbs, who held top posts at PlanetOut, Nike and digital shop Bluetext, is set to join Pacific Lutheran University this month as VP of marketing and communications for the 123-year-old Tacoma, Wa., institution.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
WSJ Hires Silicon Valley Scribe
By Kevin McCauley
The Wall Street Journal has hired a top Silicon Valley journalist as a technology columnist.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
WaPo Mag Spikes Two Stories
By Kevin McCauley
The Washington Post Magazine reportedly killed two stories slated for its Aug. 11 education issue due to objections from its business side.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
Global Push to Re-Connect Youth, Nature Searches for PR
By Greg Hazley
world parks congressAn international organization of governments and NGOs playing off the World Parks Congress in 2014 to tackle a "disconnect" between children and nature is fishing for PR agency help.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
Reporter to Head State Dept PA
By Greg Hazley
frantzThe White House has appointed former Washington Post scribe Douglas Frantz to head public affairs at the State Department, taking over a role held by Ambassador to Chile nominee Mike Hammer.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
FH and the Rise of Anheuser-Busch
By Kevin McCauley
bitter brewStudents of PR should pick up a copy of Bill Knoedelseder's "Bitter Brew," which chronicles the powerful role played by FleishmanHillard in the rise and fall of the Busch family of St. Louis and Anheuser-Busch.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
Vid: The Most Quoted Man in News
By Greg Hazley
packerGreg Packer, the master of getting his name in print so often he has been banned by some news outlets, talks to the New Yorker about his unique talent.
Category: PR Videos
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
Global AIDS Campaign Opens PR RFP
By Greg Hazley
unaidsThe United Nations' campaign to fight HIV/AIDS has released an RFP for PR and communications support with plans to hire up to six firms.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
Solomon: Policeman Of The World
By Arthur Solomon
When I hear President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry give reasons why the U.S. must use force in Syria, I think I am listening to rewrites of President Bush and Colin Powell's remarks about why the U.S. must go to war in Iraq. But in the future, I hope presidents will be more careful with their words.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
MWW Puts Bite in Tech Unit
By Kevin McCauley
ryan wallaceRyan Wallace, who led Bite Global’s New York outpost, has shifted to MWW as VP-enterprise & technology.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
Menendez Aide to Mercury
By Greg Hazley
michael solimanA top New Jersey aide to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is slated to join Mercury Public Affairs as a managing director later this month.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
PA Heavyweight Sexton Joins Burson in NY
By Kevin McCauley
alan sextonExecutive VP at Global Strategy Group joins Burson-Marsteller as New York market leader.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
News Corp Sells Local Papers
By Kevin McCauley
cape cod timesNews Corp. has sold its collection of 33 local daily/weekly newspapers to Fortress Investment Group for an undisclosed price. Group "not strategically consistent with the emerging portfolio of the new News Corp."
Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
Peppercomm Grabs Consumer Lifestyle Shop
By Greg Hazley
janine gordonPeppercomm has acquired 20-year-old boutique consumer lifestyle shop Janine Gordon Associates, which will operate as a specialty unit of the New York-based firm.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
Obama May Score Pyrrhic PR Win on Syria
By Kevin McCauley
President Obama's move to punt the decision on whether to attack Syria to Congress is a face-saving gesture by the commander-in-chief, who is dogged by his unfortunate remark about "redlines" and "moving a bunch of chemical weapons."
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
Weber, ICR Handle Yankee Candle Deal
By Kevin McCauley
yankee candleWeber Shandwick is handing media and ICR has Wall Street duties connected with Jarden Corp.'s $1.8B acquisition of Yankee Candle, the leader in the $25B global candle and home fragrance market.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
Pratt Looks for PR
By Kevin McCauley
prattPratt Institute, the prestigious 126-year-old art, design, fashion and architectural college located in Brooklyn, is looking for a PR firm to bolster its visibility in the media and with key influencers.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
PR Week UK Goes Monthly in October
By Jack O'Dwyer
prwPR Week/U.K., a Haymarket publication, said today that its last weekly issue will be dated Friday, Sept. 6 and that publication starting in October will be on a monthly basis. First monthly issue will be Oct. 9.
Category: Media News
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