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Thu., Mar. 13, 2014
Apparel Closure System Developer Wants PR Pitches
By Greg Hazley
 
boaThe company behind closure technology used for footwear and other applications is on the hunt for a PR firm to help target sectors like golf, snowboards and athletic shoemakers.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Buffett Buys Graham's Miami TV Station
By Kevin McCauley
 
wplgBerkshire Hathaway is buying WPLG in Miami from Graham Holdings Co., former parent of the Washington Post.
Category: Media News
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Brookings Wants Its MTV
By Kevin McCauley
 
mtvThe Brookings Institution, the left-leaning pillar of the Washington establishment, is crediting MTV for its part in the robust decline in teen-age pregnancy.
Category: Media News
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Berners-Lee Wants Online Magna Carta
By Kevin McCauley
 
berners leeBritish computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with inventing the world wide web 25 years ago today, called for an online Magna Carta to protect the rights of users against corporate and governmental assault.
Category: Media News
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Finance SAC Capital seeks new start as Point72 (WSJ) 
China 5 mistakes your company is making in China … right now(C. Deri) 
PR 101 Spring clean your pitch for TV and radio: The golden rules(C. King) 
Public Affairs Help Wanted: Republican party wordsmith - common sense a must (S. Cody) 
Content Telling great stories with long-form, interactive media (J. Mascott) 
EconDev Building a positive community perception - one postcard at a time (C. Kohn) 
Media Training Transform MT from old and busted to new hotness (M. Miller) 
Metrics Moneyball, data science and PR/marketing (D. Lyons) 
Jargon Tech journos and the lingo they love (@wnyc) 
Media Men's Journal writer dies on assignment in Uganda (MJ)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Kehs to Head Hill+Knowlton Energy Unit
By Kevin McCauley
 
kehsMichael Kehs is returning to Hill+Knowlton Strategies as head of the U.S. energy practice and Houston outpost.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Omnicom Loses Suits Against Stockholder Chevedden
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

omnicomU.S. District Courts in New York and Boston have rejected attempts by Omnicom to block requests that stockholder voting totals be kept confidential until the annual meeting.

 
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Jay Smith, Smith & Harroff Co-Founder, Dies at 64
By Greg Hazley
 
jay smithJ. Brian Smith, who co-founded and built Smith & Harroff into a respected Washington-area PR and PA operation, died March 10. He was 64.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
ICR Advises Eatery IPOs
By Greg Hazley
 
papa murphy'sICR is providing financial communications counsel to two eatery chains planning separate initial public offerings.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Reader's Digest Picks Kintzer for Helm
By Kevin McCauley
 
bonnie kintzerReader's Digest Association has named Bonnie Kintzer president/CEO, succeeding Bob Guth effective April 7. She will be RDA’s fourth chief since 2011.
Category: Media News
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Brunswick Works $40B Egypt Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
arabtecArabtec Holding, the Dubai construction giant, relied on Cairo's 4PR and Brunswick Group for PR counsel as it unveiled a $40B deal with the Egyptian Army to build one million lower-income housing units in the country.
Category: International
Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Murray Joining Much Smaller Organization
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
ncaEditorial: Bill Murray, who has resigned as CEO of PR Society of America with nine months to go on his contract, is joining a much smaller organization.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Edelman Delivers for Papa John's
By Greg Hazley
 
papaPapa John’s, the No. 3 pizza delivery chain, has hired Edelman as its PR firm to elevate brand awareness and contributing to overall marketing strategy.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
US Foreign Aid Push Seeks PR Firm for Bosnia
By Greg Hazley
 

usaidThe U.S. government's $35M civilian foreign aid operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has reached out to PR firms to support its work in the country.

Category: International
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Sweeney Exits Disney
By Kevin McCauley
 
Anne Sweeney is leaving the co-chair slot at Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC TV Group to pursue a career as a director, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story.
Category: Media News
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Happy 25th Birthday to WWW
By Kevin McCauley
 
WWWTomorrow is the 25th anniversary of British computer scientist Tim Berner-Lee’s proposal for a new information management system that ultimately evolved into the world wide web.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
PRSA CEO to Helm National Coffee Association
By Greg Hazley
 

NCABill Murray, who is stepping down as CEO of PR Society of America, will helm the New York-based National Coffee Association starting June 1.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Corporate Crisis communications playbook: What GM's Mary Barra and every leader needs to know (HBR) 
Tech Experts predict the Internet's next decade (NBC News) 
Auto Attention hipsters: Audi wants to sell you a car (Automotive News) 
Media WSJ adopts native ads, a tacitic its editor has said can lead to Faustian pacts (Ad Age) 
Finance How private equity should respond when crisis strikes(WSJ) 
PA Tesla goes to way against Chris Christie (BI) 
Tech One-hit wonders (New Yorker) 
SXSWi Beat the clock: Investigative reporting in the digital age (S. Skerik) 
SXSWi Content stole the stage (MMC) 
Careers Creating an action plan for landing your dream job (L. Olson) 
Consumer 6 things to know to attract the same-sex wedding market (KWE) 
PA Obama's new approach takes a humorous turn (NY Times) 
Consumer Science tries to prove that confident consumers more likely to switch brands (Consumerist)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
CPAC, Kissinger Misfire on Russian Bullying
By Joe Honick
 
The mercifully just-ended Conservative Political Action Committee carnival and op-ed-wielding Henry Kissinger fail to cover themselves with glory regarding Russia’s power play.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Weber Shandwick's Norton Joins J&J
By Kevin McCauley
 
jennifer nortonJennifer Norton, senior VP/corporate communications at Weber Shandwick, is leaving for Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit.
Category: Corporate Communications
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