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Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
NY Memorial Set for Alicia Rainbolt
By Greg Hazley
alicia rainboltA New York memorial service is slated for Oct. 26 for Alicia Rainbolt, the 32-year-old VP at New York-based Lou Hammond & Associates who died Sept. 24 after a battle with brain cancer
Category: Obituary
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
New York Observer Covers PR (Thank You!)
By Jack O'Dwyer
observerThe New York Observer, which has a weekly circulation of 51,000 to a well-heeled audience, has a front page story plus four inside pages on New York PR firms in its Oct. 14 issue.
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Q3 PR Rises, Net Falls at Omnicom
By Greg Hazley
Omnicom said today PR revenue rose six percent in the third quarter to $332.5M while net income across OMC units for the quarter fell 3.9% to $196M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Mon., Oct. 14, 2013
CA Eyes India Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
califCalifornia's large tourism promotion agency is dangling a six-figure pact to woo tourism from India.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Media: Freedom Buys Press-Enterprise; WSJ Bolsters Tech Coverage
By Kevin McCauley
Freedom Communications has purchased the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Cal.) from A.H. Belo for $27.3M; The Wall Street Journal has hired technology reporters Doug MacMillan and Jeff Elder, according to a staff memo from global tech editor Jonathan Krim.
Category: Media News
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
DKC Fronts Ratner's Atlantic Yards Deal
By Kevin McCauley
DKC PR is repping Forest City Ratner Cos.’ $4B deal with Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. to unload a majority stake in its 22-acre Atlantic Yards residential/commercial development in Brooklyn.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Disney, Yahoo, Google: Most Loved Companies
By Kevin McCauley
Walt Disney Co., Yahoo and Google are the “must loved companies,” according to research of more than 70K people in 15 countries conducted by APCO Worldwide.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
A Few Questions Journalists Should Ask the NFL
By Arthur Solomon
Fawning coverage of the NFL by media enablers masks many problems associated with America’s most violent sport.
Category: PR Commentary
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Shell Oil Taps Interior Dept. Alum
By Kevin McCauley
Shell Oil has retained a Dept. of the Interior veteran to handled extension of offshore drilling leases in the outer Continental Shelf.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Canada Plans Pro Tar Sands Blitz
By Kevin McCauley
The Government of Canada plans a $24M two-year promotional pitch to defuse opposition to development of its tar sands energy resources in Alberta, which critics believe will intensify global warming.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
NYC's Cornell Tech to Shatter University Model
By Kevin McCauley
Dan HuttenlocherDan Huttenlocher today said Cornell Tech is going to shatter the traditional model of universities by actively encouraging engagement between the academic and private sector communities.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
It's Not a 'Shutdown'; It's a 'Putdown'
By Joe Honick
Calling the indescribable circus underway in the nation’s Capitol a “shutdown” violates the purposes of the English language to adequately describe actions attributable to adults supposed to be leaders, all paid and more than adequately supported by taxpayers.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
TWC's Venech Jumps To Charter
By Kevin McCauley
Justin Venech, VP-PR, at Time Warner Cable for the past ten years, has jumped to Charter Communications, the nation’s No. 4 cable TV company, for the VP-communications slot.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Students Ask Media Bigs: "How Do We Make $$?"
By Jack O'Dwyer
Five media figures on Oct. 8 discussed the economic plight of news media, saying the wrenching changes also present new opportunities. But they were hard-pressed to explain just how grads or anyone can earn a living under the new conditions.
Category: PR Jobs
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
KKR Relies on RLM Finsbury in $1B Deal
By Kevin McCauley
KKR, the equity firm founded by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, is using WPP’s RLM Finsbury in its $1B takeover of The Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions from Melrose Industries.
Category: M&A
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Koch Bros. Sign Ice Miller
By Kevin McCauley
Koch Companies Public Sector has signed Ice Miller Strategies for issues regarding cybersecurity and chemicals.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Fisher House Stands Tall Among GOP Shutdown Pygmies
By Kevin McCauley
fisherThere are many villains linked to the federal government shutdown and few heroes. The biggest champion to emerge from the senseless political chaos is the Fisher House Foundation.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
FT Consolidates Print Edition
By Kevin McCauley
The Financial Times will publish a single global newspaper beginning during the first-half of next year, according to editor Lionel Barber.
Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Kekst Suits Up for Jos. A. Bank in Men's Wearhouse Bid
By Kevin McCauley
jos. a. bankKekst and Company is handling today's Jos. A. Bank's $2.3B takeover offer for the larger Men’s Wearhouse, discount suit chain, a move quickly rejected by "inadequate" and "not in the best interests" of the target company.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
King Heads PR, Marketing for Oil, Gas Land Facilitator
By Greg Hazley
leah kingFort Worth-based Holland Services, which helps oil and gas companies secure land and mineral rights, has brought in Chesapeake Energy's Leah King to head marketing, communications and PR as a senior VP.
Category: Corporate Communications
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