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Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
UT Gets $50M Grant for Communs. College
By Kevin McCauley
 
utThe University of Texas at Austin has received a $50M grant from the Moody Foundation to establish the Moody College of Communications, which is the largest endowment received by any U.S. public college for the study of communications.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
Ex-PRSA Chair Fiske to Wells Fargo
By Greg Hazley
 
fiskeRosanna Fiske, executive VP at Republica and former chair of PRSA, has moved to Wells Fargo in a VP role covering its Florida region.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
IPG's Spengler to Clear Channel
By Kevin McCauley
 
Tim Spengler, a top media executive at Interpublic Group, has moved to Clear Channel in the new position of president-content marketing and revenue strategy.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
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O'Dwyer's Ranked PR FirmPR firms that are thinking of joining O’Dwyer's PR firm rankings should consider the following benefits.
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Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
Ogilvy Laces on Nike
By Kevin McCauley
 
nikeOgilvy has picked up Nike for Washington issues regarding trade, tax, healthcare, sports and privacy issues.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
Comms Director for Exiting Congressman to Rep 'Insourcers'
By Greg Hazley
 
Jonathan Sanford, communications director for Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), who made a surprise announcement this week that the won't run for re-election, has taken the top PR post at the Organization for International Investment in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
LA Mayor Joins Edelman
By Greg Hazley
 
villaraigosaTwo-term Democratic mayor of Los Angeles is taking on a senior advisor role with Edelman focused on PR and public affairs assignments.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Democrats Have Tea Party Envy
By Kevin McCauley
 
cruzDemocrats knock Ted Cruz but there’s no doubt they could use a bolt of energy to ignite supporters around themes of social justice, jobs and economic security for Americans who have been squeezed by the Great Recession and near financial collapse.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
DC-Based Sleep Org Wants PR Consultant
By Greg Hazley
 
sleepThe Washington-based non-profit National Sleep Foundation is on the hunt for a PR consultant for a 15-month contract to bolster its media relations.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Hungary Hungers for Good PR Amid Rise in Anti-Semitism
By Kevin McCauley
 
tibor navaracsicsHungary has hired D.C. help for outreach to Hungarian-Americans and members of the Jewish community following a rise in anti-Semitism.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Nicolazzo: Dimon Should Relinquish Chairman Role
By Richard Nicolazzo
 
nicolazzoNow that JPMorgan Chase is on the verge of reaching a $13 billion civil settlement over the bank’s questionable mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis, the time has come for CEO Jamie Dimon to relinquish his role as chairman.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
HTC PR Chief Exits After Four Months
By Kevin McCauley
 
lorain wongGlobal chief of corporate communications/internal PR, has exited HTC, the struggling Taiwanese handset maker, after a four-month stint, according to a Bloomberg report.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Death of J&J's Foster Revives Tylenol Myths
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
fosterThe death on Oct. 17 of Lawrence Foster, 88, former VP-PR of Johnson & Johnson, has touched off a slew of false references to how J&J reacted in the wake of seven people dying in 1982 after taking poisoned Tylenol Extra Strength capsules.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
MWW Keeps Eye on Talent
By Kevin McCauley
 
MWW has hired Alan Cohen, a 25-year pro in the PR, marketing, human resources and leadership training sectors, as VP-talent acquisition.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Ruth Edelman Dies at 84
By Greg Hazley
 
edelmanRuth Edelman, who helped her husband, Dan, build the Edelman PR empire from a small Chicago start-up firm, died Oct. 20 in Chicago, following an eight-month battle with acute myloid leukemia. She was 84.
Category: Obituary
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
MD Health Entity Seeks PR Vendor
By Greg Hazley
 
The Maryland Health Care Commission is on the hunt for a PR services vendor to monitor traditional and social media with a goal of improving media outreach.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
German Firm Makes PR Move on American Poundage
By Kevin McCauley
 
bodychangeSocial Media Interactive, the Munich-based developer of the "BodyChange" movement, which promotes weight-loss via fitness and behavior change, slates a November push in the U.S.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Foster of J&J Tylenol Crisis PR Fame Dies
By Kevin McCauley
 
larry fosterLarry Foster, who led Johnson & Johnson's PR campaign during the Tylenol cyanide poisonings of 1982 and 1986, died Oct. 17. He was 88.
Category: Obituary
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
PRSA Seeks Help of Public in Reviving APR
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
aprPR Society of America has posted on its website a plea for help from the "public" in its quest to put new life into its Accreditation program which will be 50 years old next year.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Pentagon Press Chief to Retire
By Kevin McCauley
 
george littlePentagon spokesman George Little today said he will retire Nov. 15. as press secretary and assistant to the Secretary of Defense for public affairs.
Category: Public Affairs
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