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Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Bankrupt Detroit Pays $85K for PR
By Greg Hazley
detroitDetroit paid $85K to two PR firms during the six-month period ending Aug. 31, according to an interim report released Sept. 30.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Media: Seventeen & YouTube; Rodale Taps DJ Vet; Twitter Snags Google Exec, more
By Kevin McCauley

Seventeen forges YouTube alliance; Rodale taps Dow Jones veteran; Suniewick seeks NBCU/Comcast synergies; Twitter Snags Google Exec; Metal Packagers Hit USAT on BPA Coverage; Solomon to Edit ForbesLife; Iannotta Heads Aerospace Mag; Dunaway Names CMO of Opera News...

Category: Media News
Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Publicis Notes 'Weak' PR Amid Q3 Gains
By Greg Hazley

Publicis on Wednesday said a "weak performance" in North American PR took a bite out of its 4.5% third quarter revenue growth in the region of 825M euro.

Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
IPO-Bound Twitter Sings Praises of PR
By Kevin McCauley
twitterTwitter, in its S-1 financial document filed yesterday, pitches the opportunity for “earned media and viral global reach” as one of its “value propositions” offered to advertisers.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Egyptian-Americans Challenge Obama
By Kevin McCauley
egyptEgyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights has retained Just Consulting, which specializes in social justice and corporate social responsibility matters, to push Washington to promote the restoration of democracy in Egypt.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Ketchum Partner Returns to Pittsburgh for MARC USA
By Greg Hazley
jerry thompsonAtlanta-based Ketchum partner who led its Home Depot work and chaired its energy practice decamps for Pittsburgh ad agency MARC USA to head its PR operations.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Twitter Loss Soars, Overseas Challenges Abound
By Kevin McCauley
twitterTwitter registered a rise in third quarter red ink to $64.6M from $21.6M, according to its Oct. 15 amended S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of its initial public offering.  
Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
NRDC Names Benenson Comms Chief
By Greg Hazley
lisa benensonLisa Benenson has left a senior VP role at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for the top communications slot at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Verizon Deal Buoys Firms in M&A Ranking
By Greg Hazley

mergerVerizon's $124B September acquisition of Vodafone's U.S. wireless business pushed four PR firms to the top of mergermarket's ranking of M&A PR advisors by deal value through the first three quarters of 2013.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Greenwald to Exit Guardian for News Start-Up
By Greg Hazley
greenwaldGlenn Greenwald, the columnist who broke the Edward Snowden NSA-leak story, is leaving the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper for a news start-up reportedly backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Former Canadian PM Comms Director to Bluesky
By Greg Hazley
bucklerCommunications director to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who ran a tight ship with the media will take a VP post at Ottawa firm Bluesky Strategy Group next month.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Lobbyists Can Run, But They Can't Hide
By Kevin McCauley
lobbyistsThey can run, but they can't hide. The reputation of lobbying is so abysmal that the profession's trade group wants to banish the term from its moniker.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Kaiser's Paton to Head PR for Univ of Buffalo
By Greg Hazley
patonOhio PR head for Kaiser Permanente is moving to the University at Buffalo as communications chief of the largest of the Empire State's SUNY schools.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Media: Rosenblatt exits Demand Media; Int'l NY Times launches; Vandehei tapped at Politico, Capital NY
By Kevin McCauley
Rosenblatt exits Demand Media; Int'l NY Times launches; Vandehei tapped at Politico, Capital NY
Category: Media News
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
RFP: Advertising, PR - Oregon Zoo
By Greg Hazley
The regional government encompassing Portland is reviewing a six-figure account to support marketing communications for the Oregon Zoo...
Category: RFPs
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Imagine Comms Defends Clearwater
By Kevin McCauley

clearwaterThe city of Clearwater has reappointed Imagine Communications as its PR agency following a competitive pitch.

Category: Travel PR
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Egypt Hires WPP Shop
By Kevin McCauley
egyptThe embattled government of Egypt has returned to the U.S. lobbying game, hiring public diplomacy and government relations help in Washington.
Category: International
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
NY Memorial Set for Alicia Rainbolt
By Greg Hazley
alicia rainboltA New York memorial service is slated for Oct. 26 for Alicia Rainbolt, the 32-year-old VP at New York-based Lou Hammond & Associates who died Sept. 24 after a battle with brain cancer
Category: Obituary
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
New York Observer Covers PR (Thank You!)
By Jack O'Dwyer
observerThe New York Observer, which has a weekly circulation of 51,000 to a well-heeled audience, has a front page story plus four inside pages on New York PR firms in its Oct. 14 issue.
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Q3 PR Rises, Net Falls at Omnicom
By Greg Hazley
Omnicom said today PR revenue rose six percent in the third quarter to $332.5M while net income across OMC units for the quarter fell 3.9% to $196M.
Category: Marketing Communications
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