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Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Ex-Clinton Aide Pushed Keystone Pipe
By Kevin McCauley

hillary lefebvreA former aide of Hillary Clinton worked on a three-month project to bolster support for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that would transport heavy tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada to American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Category: Economic Development
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-14-2014
By Greg Hazley

Finance Fund that pushed Saatchi changes takes Interpublic stake (WSJ)
Food/Bev Burger King nixes low-cal ‘Satisfries’ (AP)
Tech The Internet’s original sin (E. Zuckerman)
Disinfo Yellowstone officials dispel evacuation rumors (NBC MT)
Opportunity Art of communications: When to be quiet (C. Winters)
PR 101 Credibility is currency (G. Laskoski)
Media Media relations: Riding the wave of change (E. Burkhart)
Data How quantifying everything means nothing (A. Hoglund)
Statement Robin William’s wife releases statement (IW)
Profile New City PR’s Anita Gatto (Adrianna)

Category: PR Firms
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Twitter Acts After High-Profile Bullying of Williams Daughter
By Greg Hazley
zelda williamsTwitter said it is cracking down on violations of its terms of use and re-examining policies after Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, quit the microblogging service over abusive and obscene remarks directed at her in the wake of her father's death.
Category: Social Media
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Foley: 'What Are We Not Doing That You Would Have Us Do?'
By Kevin Foley

kevin foleyLibya, Gaza, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, or Iran, today the opinion among conservatives and even a few progressives is that President Obama isn’t doing enough in any of these hot spots.

Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Edelman Sorry for Robin Williams Blog Post
By Greg Hazley
edelmanEdelman has apologized for an Aug. 13 blog post by an executive VP describing actor Robin Williams' death as a "carpe diem moment" for mental health professionals and those suffering with depression.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Journos Rap White House Response to Complaints About PR Staff
By Greg Hazley
earnestWhite House press secretary Josh Earnest said this week that the Obama administration has made the White House and federal agencies "far more accessible and accountable than ever before," in response to complaints lodged in July by a coalition of journalism groups.
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Brunswick Handles Colorado State AD's Ouster
By Greg Hazley
jack grahamBrunswick Group guided communications for Colorado State University athletic director Jack Graham through his unexpected Aug. 8 ouster from the school.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
Maine Eyes Diagnosis for Public Health Comms
By Greg Hazley

maineMaine has called for proposals for its public health communications account, encompassing social marketing, social media and partnerships that tackle issues like tobacco, obesity and substance abuse. 

Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Edelman Fired Top Exec Over Climate Change Response
By Greg Hazley
climateEdelman fired US president and CEO Mark Hass in July partly over his "stupid" response to a climate change organization's survey of PR firms, CEO Richard Edelman told's Motherboard channel.
Category: Environmental PR
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-13-2014
By Greg Hazley

Crisis Sea World financials hurt by ‘Blackfish’ backlash (NY Post)
Tech Edward Snowden: The most wanted man in the world (Wired)
Social IceBucketChallenge shows No. 1 rule for creating viral campaigns? Don’t overthink it (A. Gray)
Career PR and taking out the garbage (K. Hazlett)
Corporate Starbucks doesn’t support Israel (or PR strategy)
PR 101 What a surprise. Journalist prefers interviews minus PR (L. Hoffman)
Congloms Sizing up potential bidders for Interpublic (Adweek)
Tech Amazon unveils card reader, targeting Square, PayPal (Computerworld)
Crisis Land Rover recalls 40K luxury SUVs (Consumerist) 

Category: PR Links
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
ICR, Kekst Work Deal
By Greg Hazley
answers.comICR and Kekst and Company were PR advisors to Apax Partners' acquisition of Answers Corp., the parent to social Q&A site
Category: M&A
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Memphis Int'l to Review PR
By Greg Hazley
memphisThe governing body for Memphis International Airport is preparing to review its PR and marketing with an RFQ process through September.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Solomon: Trouble With 'Oops' Journalism
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonWith a media deadline every second,  sloppy and often inaccurate or biased journalism results, especially when covering "fast breaking" news, like the Gaza war coverage.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
MDC Takes Bite of Hunter PR
By Kevin McCauley
hunterMDC Partners has acquired a majority stake in Hunter PR, the New York-based firm noted for its food and nutrition capabilities.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Karv Catches Andrus
By Kevin McCauley
eric andrusEric Andrus, a partner and RLM Finsbury staffer since 1998, has joined KARV Communications as executive VP.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
Weber Hauls in Big Tech Fish
By Kevin McCauley
penati, noonanWeber Shandwick has named Luca Penati, tech veteran of Ogilvy and Edelman, general manager of San Francisco/Silicon Valley and western lead of the Mediaco content unit.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
Blog: Is Rush Ready?
By Kevin McCauley
rush limbaughJust as Hillary Clinton moves from the long shadow of President Obama by throwing his foreign policy -- which she helped implement -- under the bus and then driving over it, compliments of The Atlantic, comes worrisome news (for her) that the DraftRush2016 political action committee has filed required paperwork in Washington's bureaucracy.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 8-12-2014
By Greg Hazley

Careers How to get ahead for the young PR account executive (F. Strong)

Jargon Media and marketing buzzwords that must die (Ad Age)

Quotes Life is like a box of trite and world-weary expressions (D. Stevenson)

Gender Now The Atlantic should ask: Where are the women leaders in PR? (G. Becker)

Careers Are PR agencies setting new parents up to fail? (A. Hanson)

Tech Uber: So cool, but so uncool (P. Himler)

Crisis 5 lessons from ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial (M. Mulvihill)

Food/Bev Colgate ingredient linked to hormones, cancer spotlights FDA process (Bloomberg) 

Sports NCAA is on its K Street A-game (OpenSecrets) 

Entertainment Polanski drops out of film festival amid pressure (Variety) 

PR 101 How to maximize readability of earnings press releases (BW) 

Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
FPA Raps Press Policy of Hamas, Israel
By Kevin McCauley

fpaThe Foreign Press Association in Israel, a group of 480 journalists from 32 nations, raps press policy of Hamas, Israel.

Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
Libya Prexy Hopeful Gets US Support
By Kevin McCauley

bashir musaLibya businessman Bashir Musa, a presidential hopeful in the chaotic country, is using AUX Initiatives of Baton Rouge for campaign management duties.

Category: International
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