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Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
PR Links of the Day - 8-12-2013
By Greg Hazley
PR links from around the web:
Category: PR Links
Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
Louisiana Reviews Tourism PR, Advertising Accounts
By Greg Hazley
bayouLouisiana kicked off a review today of its $6.5M tourism PR, marketing and advertising accounts with an RFP process open through mid-November.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
BlackBerry Bails Out
By Kevin McCauley

Blackberry, one-time "owner" of the mobile communications market, today announced a special committee of the board to explore strategic options following a lackluster reception for its Blackberry 10 smartphone, which it pitched as a game-changer.

Category: Media News
Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
Ruder Finn Veteran Smirnoff to WS
By Kevin McCauley
Susan SmirnoffHealthcare pro and Ruder Finn veteran since 1979 joins Weber Shandwick as executive VP/senior counsel.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
Social Media's Biz Impact Exaggerated - NYU Prof
By Jack O'Dwyer
Scott GallowayA New York University study has found that less than 3% of the traffic going to websites of major brands and advertisers is coming from social media while 33% of the traffic is coming from consumers doing searches for products and services.
Category: PRSA
Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
NM Signs Up Team for Health Exchange PR
By Greg Hazley
New Mexico's health insurance exchange has awarded a $6M PR and marketing pact to two agencies following an RFP that drew 14 bids.
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Brain Cancer Claims Veteran LA Publicist
By Greg Hazley
eddie michaelsEddie Michaels, an entertainment PR pro who repped stars like Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Piven, died Aug. 9 after complications from brain cancer. He was 49.
Category: Obituary
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Judge Dismisses Defamation Charges Against PR Firm, ESPN
By Greg Hazley
A Texas court Aug. 6 dismissed defamation and other charges against Spaeth Communications and ESPN in a suit by former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Seigenthaler, Shuster Join Al Jazeera
By Kevin McCauley

al jazeeraVeteran newsmen John Seigenthaler and David Shuster have joined Al Jazeera America as the unit of the Qatar-based satellite TV network slates an Aug. 20 launch.

Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Ambulance Co. Dials Up Chapter 11 PR
By Kevin McCauley
ambulanceRural/Metro Corp., provider of private ambulance and fire protection services in about 700 communities in 21 states and corporate facilities operated by Citgo Petroleum, Bell Helicopter and FedEx, engages PR counsel for Chapter 11 filing.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
PRSA Has $18K Loss for First Half, Despite Dues Hike
By Jack O'Dwyer
blake lewisPR Society of America has reported an operating loss of $18,719 for the first half after an operating profit of $403,048 for the first quarter.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Ketchum Prescribes PR for NY Health Exchange
By Greg Hazley
woodKetchum is providing PR support to sister Omnicom unit and lead agency DDB on a two-year campaign promoting New York State's health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Martin Graduates Purdue for WVU
By Greg Hazley

sharon martinSharon Martin, assistant VP of marketing at Purdue University, moved to West Virginia University today to lead university relations, following a national search.

Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
PWC: Social Media Not Widely Adopted for Crisis Comms
By Greg Hazley
More than half of respondents in a PwC US survey said they do not use social media as a crisis management resource, a reflection of uncertainty surrounding the medium, the consulting firm said.
Category: Social Media
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Porter Novelli Sticks it to CBS
By Kevin McCauley
TVPorter Novelli is handling the pay TV sector’s battle against CBS Corp. and its demand to gain a boost of "retransmission fees" from Time Warner Cable, which has led to a blackout of the once Tiffany Network in key markets like New York and Los Angeles.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Pinnacle Air PR Chief Dies at 57
By Kevin McCauley
Joe Williams, Jr., who was PR chief for Pinnacle Airlines, died Aug. 7 during a business trip to Minneapolis. He would have been 58 the next day.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Media: Groupon Gets Chief, New Orlando Sentinel Ed, NYT Not for Sale
By Kevin McCauley
Groupon gets new chief ...New editor post at Sentinel ...NY Times is not for sale ...Levison jumps from Fishbowl to VH1...
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Fisher Shareholders OK Sale to Sinclair
By Greg Hazley
Shareholders of Fisher Communications have approved the broadcaster's $373M sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
Huntsworth Profit Slips 13.7%
By Kevin McCauley
Huntsworth today reported a 13.7 percent decline in first-half operating profit to $15.7M on flat revenues of $137.8M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
FTI Comms Revenue Rises in Q2
By Greg Hazley
FTI Consulting's strategic communications operation posted an 8.4% increase in second quarter revenue over 2012 to $50.6M, but the company overall lowered guidance for the year amid reduced demand for bankruptcy and restructuring work.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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