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Wed., Apr. 16, 2014
Tale of the Tape: Pugnacious Putin vs Cautious Obama
By Arthur Solomon
solomonThose of you old enough to remember when prize fighting was a major sport might recall a standard practice of newspapers was to use the “tale of the tape” to measure differences between the fighters.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Apr. 16, 2014
PR, Press Must Face Each Other - PRSA's Walton
By Jack O'Dwyer
waltonPR people and editors “really need each other” and it will be a sad day if Twitter, Facebook, etc., completely replace face-to-face and voice-to-voice, said PRSA director Susan Walton.
Category: PR Videos
Wed., Apr. 16, 2014
US Chamber in Shanghai Casts PR Net
By Greg Hazley
American ChamberThe American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai is on the hunt for local PR help as it plans its 100th anniversary in 2015 to celebrate business ties between the U.S. and China.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Hamlet on the Potomac Diminishes US
By Kevin McCauley

obamaWhile Ukraine sends its ragtag army to retake the east from thinly disguised Russian special forces, Hamlet on the Potomac reviews America’s options on dealing with Vladimir Putin’s land grab.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Sard, Joele Frank in GrafTech Proxy Showdown
By Greg Hazley
graftechGrafTech, a publicly traded Ohio-based graphite and steel producer, and an ousted board member of the company have engaged outside PR counsel as a public clash heads to a proxy battle next month.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Raytheon's Strubhar Flies to Qorvis MSL
By Greg Hazley
keith strubharKeith Strubhar, a corporate and agency PA pro, has left Raytheon for a senior VP post at Qorvis MSLGroup in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Bechtel Rapped for US Ambassador Hire
By Kevin McCauley
christopher dellA top European Union diplomat has rapped engineering/construction giant Bechtel for hiring a U.S. ambassador who lobbied for building a controversial $1B so-called “Patriot Highway” though Kosovo to Albania, according to an article in today’s Guardian.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
Colorado Uncorks RFP for Wine Marketing
By Greg Hazley

wineThe trade group for Colorado wine producers has uncorked an RFP to promote the state's growing wine industry to consumers in Colorado and across the country.

Category: RFPs
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
PMK-BNC Acquires Spokes, Forms Digital Unit
By Greg Hazley
pmkEntertainment PR and marketing powerhouse PMK-BNC has acquired San Francisco social marketing shop Spokes Labs and formed a digital operation dubbed Vowel.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
O'Dwyer Rebuts 35-Count PRSA Indictment
By Jack O'Dwyer

Stephanie Cegielski, VP-PR of PRSA, has cited, as a reason for denying us membership in the Society, the 35 charges that were in a 23-page document dated Sept. 1, 2011. It “clearly lays out why you are unfit to be a member of our organization,” she said in an e-mail April 11.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Digital You think you want a digital campaign? You're wrong (D. Tisch)
Gen Y What we all thought about millennials is actually true (M. Brito) 
TV Agency lessons from Mad Men's season premiere (J. Morgan) 
Energy Keystone XL opposition takes to the ground (J. Horton) 
Tech The next big social network does not exist (C. Penn) 
Data Tips on how to tell compelling, data-driven stories (T. Krajsic)
Crime Prostitutes turn publicist's Airbnb apartment into brothel (NY Post)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Notre Dame's Frick Dies at 89
By Kevin McCauley
frickJim Frick, one-time VP-PR for Notre Dame and the first lay officer at the Catholic institution, is dead at 89. He passed April 9 at his home in Naples, FL.
Category: Obituary
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Warner PR Exec to Rep Taylor Swift in New Firm
By Greg Hazley
tree paineTree Paine, senior VP of publicity for Warner Music Nashville, will leave the record label to start Premium PR next month with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift as her first client.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
GM Ousts Communications Chief
By Greg Hazley

selim bingolSelim Bingol, senior VP of global communications and public policy for General Motors, is leaving the company amid its ongoing recall crisis.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Book Review: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You
By Kevin McVicker
not coolIn his latest book, Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You, Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News Channel’s "Red Eye" and co-host of "The Five," posits that Americans are facing an onslaught of beliefs and attitudes that many people find offensive or laughable.
Category: Book Review
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Editorial - But Not PR Contacts - Are Readily Available
By Jack O'Dwyer

servicesIt’s “open season” for PR people on editors via services like Vocus, Cision, PR Newswire and BusinessWire. But memberships of PR groups are a closely guarded secret.

Category: PRSA
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
TK Sings PR Tune for Johnny Rockets
By Kevin McCauley
johnny rocketsAtlanta’s Trevelino/Keller has picked up the more than 300 unit-Johnny Rockets restaurant for marketing and B2B support.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Health Insurance Industry Spokesman to Exit for PhRMA
By Greg Hazley
robert zirkelbackRobert Zirkelbach, who guided communications for the health insurance sector through the legislative battle and rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is moving to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America as senior VP of communications next month.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
Colorado Postpones Social Media Pitch Amid PR Review
By Greg Hazley
coloradoColorado's tourism entity has postponed a competitive pitch process to handle its social media account.
Category: Social Media
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014
NH Seeks PR Help for Fraught Medicaid Expansion
By Greg Hazley
hassanThe Granite State is reaching out for PR agency help as it implements the vaguely named New Hampshire Health Protection Program, the state's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act passed with a fragile bi-partisan alliance in Concord.
Category: RFPs
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