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Thu., May 1, 2014
Merritt Powers Entergy Corporate Comms
By Greg Hazley
necole merrittNecole Merritt, who led marketing and communications for Atlanta's Morehouse School of Medicine, has moved to nuclear energy giant Entergy in New Orleans as group VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 1, 2014
PR Can Defuse Looming Data, Privacy Clash - Diamond
By Kevin McCauley
prsa foundationThe "relations" part of PR, which deals with engagement and public dialog, is the special mark of the profession, said Harris Diamond, recipient of the PRSA Foundation's Paladin Award last night at New York's Bryant Park Grill.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 1, 2014
CBS' Schwartz Pens Business 'Curriculum'
By O'Dwyer's Staff
schwartzGil Schwartz, senior executive VP and chief communications officer, CBS, who writes for Fortune magazine under the byline Stanley Bing, addressed 100 people last night at the New York Institute of Technology on the subject of his latest book, The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 1, 2014
Export-Import Bank Bolsters Communications Amid Hill Showdown
By Greg Hazley
export-importThe Export-Import Bank of the United States has bolstered its communications ahead of a Congressional showdown over reauthorization of the institution, which lends money to foreign companies to buy U.S. goods.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 1, 2014
Chevron's Burns to Burson
By Kevin McCauley

stephen burnsStephen Burns, who handled California government affairs at Chevron, has left for Burson-Marsteller's Sacramento office for a managing director slot in its US PA and crisis practice.

Category: PR Firms
Thu., May 1, 2014
Latin America PR Specialist to State Department
By Greg Hazley
duckenfieldDavid Duckenfield, a Latin American PR specialist and president of Miami-based Balsera Communications, has been named deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. State Department.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 1, 2014
FTI Strategic Comms Revenue Falls 4.9% in Q1
By Greg Hazley
FTI Consulting's strategic communications revenues declined 4.9% in the first quarter to $43.2M amid an overall 4.5% increase to $425.6M for the business advisory company.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 1, 2014
PR Newswire Adds Curbs to High Speed Trading
By Greg Hazley
chackoPR Newswire said it will make users of its direct data feed certify that they will not engage in high-speed trading and will advise users to delay news slated for the market close to wait until after 4 p.m.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Measurement Why ethical standards are needed for PR evaluation(M. Hinson) 
Corporate Buffet backtrack on CEO pay (C. Winters) 
Social 6 things you need to know about Facebook Newswire (R. Morton) 
Social NBC's head of research on Twitter driving ratings: 'It just isn't true' (Lost Remote) 
UK Clients bolt, Clifford's PR firm expected to close (Guardian) 
Legal Judge hits Clemens and lawyers over PR, agent records (NY Daily News) 
Food Paula Deen is cooking again. That didn't take long (BBW)
Bev Fastest-growing alcoholic beverage category? (Time)
Issues WH launches push on sex assaults on campuses (Wash Post)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
PR Unit Lets Down Surging NY Mets
By Kevin McCauley
metsDespite unexpected on-the-field success, the New York Mets' PR team had a tough week since the New York Times stirred things Sunday giving plenty of coverage to a Facebook study that found every single zip code in the metropolitan New York cursed with a majority Yankee fan base.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Edelman Ups Cohan to NY President
By Kevin McCauley
jennifer cohanJennifer Cohan takes the president of Edelman's flagship New York office on July 1, taking over duties of Russell Dubner, who was named CEO Edelman US with this month's exit of Mark Hass, one-time CEO of Manning, Selvage & Lee.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
NYWICI Honors Women in Media, Business, Entertainment at Matrix Awards
By Kevin McCauley
matrixNew York Women in Communications presented its 2014 Matrix Awards on April 28 during a packed Waldorf Astoria luncheon, which featured luminaires such as singer and actress Queen Latifah, ex-Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory, feminist Gloria Steinem, New Yorker editor David Remnick, Ogilvy & Mather chairman emeritus Shelly Lazarus and singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige.
Category: Media News
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Cision Q1 Revenue Flat Amid Takeover Battle
By Greg Hazley
granatAmid a takeover battle, Cision on April 29 reported first quarter revenue was flat at 206M krona ($31.6M) while net profit jumped 84% over a year earlier to around $1.7M.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
How to Create a Perfect Firestorm and Lose Your Team Without Even Using the N-Word
By Bill Huey
sterlingLos Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has created enough controversy to fill a dozen PR textbooks. Listed below are some of the ingredients that went into creating this brouhaha:
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Crisis Guru Sosnik Advises NBA Commish
By Greg Hazley
silverDoug Sosnik, a crisis manager and former political advisor to President Bill Clinton and Sen. Chris Dodd, is counseling NBA Commissioner Adam Silver through the Donald Sterling scandal.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Miami Beach Reviews Travel PR
By Greg Hazley
miami beachThe tourism authority for Miami Beach has kicked off a review of its PR account with an RFP open through mid-May.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Ogilvy Powers CA Energy Upgrade Push
By Greg Hazley

energyOgilvy PR has emerged from an RFP process to guide PR for Energy Upgrade California, a state-backed campaign funded by consumers to tout energy efficient improvements for homes and businesses.

Category: Environmental PR
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Sports NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling for life (CNN)
PR All media is paid (G. Snell)
PR Is it paid media or not? Making the call (V. Hunt)
Corporate Hollywood CEOs tighten PR rules for even less transparency (Variety)
M&A Bank of America finds a mistake: $4B less capital (NY Times)
Q&A Tech reporter Ronn Miller (L. McNew)
Tech 20 New Yorkers over 50 who get I.T. (P. Himler)
Careers Landing your first PR job (R. Bostwick)
Media NBC Sports to provide record amount of Derby coverage (Lost Remote)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014
NYPD's Bratton Unfairly Rapped for Social Media Effort
By Kevin McCauley
William BrattonNew York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton has been roundly ridiculed for asking New Yorkers for photos of the interaction with New York’s Finest for posting on its Twitter site.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014
RLM Finsbury Helps AstraZeneca's Dodge of Pfizer
By Kevin McCauley
RLM Finsbury is handling AstraZeneca's media regarding Pfizer's takeover overtures, a move largely reported as a tax dodge by the New York-based pharmaceutical giant.
Category: M&A
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