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Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
CDC Says E. coli Outbreak Linked to Costco Chicken Salad
By Matthew Schwartz

CostcoThe first 24 hours after a crisis hits are the most crucial in terms of how brands try and get out from under the situation. On that front, Costco appears to be taking the path of least resistance.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Why PR Pros Can Be Thankful
By Eric Hausman
Eric HausmanWith Thanksgiving upon us, now is an opportune time to take a moment to remember what we PR professionals can be thankful for this year
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Journalists Honored at Waldorf Dinner; Pledge Continued Terror Coverage
By Jack O'Dwyer

CPJ Award winnersJournalists feted at last night’s banquet in the Waldorf-Astoria said they would not be deterred in their coverage of terrorism despite imprisonment and threats to their personal safety.

Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Additional Photos from the CPJ Press Freedom Awards
By Sharlene Spingler
David MuirAdditional photos from the 2015 Committee to Protect Journalists Press Freedom Awards.
Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Everyone Has a Lot to be Thankful For
By Robert Dilenschneider
Bob DilenschneiderIt’s Thanksgiving, and despite the ISIS terrorists’ threats and what they have done in Paris, Beirut, Sharm el Sheikh and Mali, we need to take a break and mark this important occasion.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Allison Takes Boston
By Greg Hazley
matthew della croceAllison+Partners has opened a Boston outpost, its 13th US office.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
PR Links: TechCrunch's Start-Up Coverage Falls Short; RBS Uses Facebook to Replace Emails...
By Greg Hazley

Tech TechCrunch promises stories for start-ups in contest, but often fails to deliver (IB Times) 

Politics Spokesman emails: Politico editor promised positive coverage of Chelsea Clinton (Gawker) 

Social Why Royal Bank of Scotland is using Facebook to replace company emails (BI) 

Media Training The presentation begins when you book the date (J. Newman)

Legal Attorneys for family of police shooting victim subpoena PR firm records (Greenville News) 

Media How the media blew reporting the Chicago cop's shotting of a teen (J. Warren) 

PR 101 If reporter is the 'worst' job, what can PR do to make it easier? (M. Garrett) 

Category: PR Links
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Rutland Regional Medical Center Names Gerianne Smart Marketing and PR Manager
By Matthew Schwartz

Gerianne SmartPrior to joining Rutland Regional, Smart owned and operated Smart Communication and was director of marketing and communications for ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.

Category: Personnel Appointments
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Colorado PR Institution Bill Kostka Dies at 81
By Greg Hazley
bill kostkaBill Kostka Jr., who inherited and grew Denver's first PR agency over a 45-year career, died Nov. 22. He was 81.
Category: Obituary
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Weber Shandwick Opens Office in Brasilia
By Matthew Schwartz

BrasiliaWeber Shandwick’s expanding network in Brazil includes offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Alphaville.

Category: PR Firms
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
The 'Beaver' Becomes Spokesperson for 'Diabetes Solution Kit'
By Matthew Schwartz

Jerry MathersJerry Mathers, the 'Beaver' for folks of a certain age, will appear on TV and radio ads starting this month.

Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Bitcoin Transactions and PR
By Richard Goldstein
Richard GoldsteinMany companies are accepting the bitcoin as currency. Some of these companies include Dell, Intuit, Microsoft, and, to name a few. Will PR firms be on the list of companies accepting this form of currency?
Category: Financial Management
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Gordon Conley, JWT PR Vet, Dies at 92
By Greg Hazley
J Walter ThompsonGordon Conley, a journalist and veteran PR executive at J. Walter Thompson’s PR operation, died Oct. 26 of natural causes. He was 92.
Category: Obituary
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Ogilvy's Taylor Takes DC Reins for Fenton
By Greg Hazley
trish taylorTrish Taylor, senior VP in Ogilvy PR Washington's social change practice, has moved to Fenton to head its D.C. office as managing director.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
PR Accounts: Renaissance NY, Arcadia Healthcare, Bandago, Colorado Edu Association...
By Greg Hazley
Renaissance HotelBusiness wins at MGA Media, Branstyle Comms., Red PR, ReviveHealth, Brandware, Airfoil, Weber Shandwick, TrizCom, Walt & Company...
Category: News of Accounts
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Hajdak Flows to Aqua America to Head Comms
By Greg Hazley
stacey hajdakStacey Hajdak, chief corporate comms. and public affairs officer for the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, has moved to water utility giant Aqua America to head communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
PR Links: Pfizer Defends Inversion Deal; China PR Payola; Periscope and Pharma...
By Greg Hazley

M&A Pfizer chief defends merger with Allergan as good for US (NY Times) 

China 10 takeaways from the PR in China summit that may suprise you (L. Hoffman) 

China It's time for brands and PR agencies to stop paying off the Chinese media (D. Wolf) 

Measurement Taking the measure of the PR industry (R. Grieves) 

Tools Pharma, Periscope and some regulatory questions (M. Senak) 

Corporate Use storytelling to explain your company's purpose (HBR) 

Travel Luxembourg goes in for an image makeover (NY Times) 

Gender Women make little progress in narrowing media gender gap (Newsweek) 

Politics Dear media, stop freaking out about Donald Trump's polls (N. Silver) 

PR 101 6 common client problems faced by PR freelancers (PRC) 

Social The NBA climbs the social media ladder (WSJ) 

Category: PR Links
Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
The 'MAPs' of a Successful TV Interview
By Fraser Seitel
Fraser SeitelRichard Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger used to begin his news conferences by asking, “Does anyone have any questions for my answers?”
Category: Professional Development
Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
Household Names Named in DFS Class Action Lawsuit
By Matthew Schwartz

Daily Fantasy Sports imageAmerican Express. Comcast. PayPal. Some of the biggest brands are now being said in the same breath as the investigations into daily fantasy sports providers.

Category: Crisis Communications

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Tue., Nov. 22
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Fri, Nov. 11
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