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Mon., Aug. 19, 2013
Protesters Target Bell Pottinger HQ Over Fracking
By Greg Hazley
bell pottingerProtesters from the anti-fracking group No Dash for Gas blocked access to the London headquarters of Bell Pottinger this morning and hung a banner from the building as part of a campaign against the firm and U.K. energy client Cuadrilla.
Category: Environmental PR
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Outbrain Responds to Wash Post Site Attack
By Kevin McCauley
Lisa LaCour, VP-marketing at Outbrain, the Washington Post vendor that was hacked yesterday by the Syrian Electronic Army, wrote a blog post today to outline its response to the attack, including a detailed timeline of events.
Category: PR Links
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
WPP Buys Piece of Mutual Mobile
By Kevin McCauley
WPP has acquired a minority stake in Austin-based Mutual Mobile, a mobile product development company that generated revenues of more than $25M last year.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Veteran Employment Push Recruits Brand, PR Help
By Greg Hazley
kixA bi-state coalition between Kentucky and Indiana is looking for agency help to develop a brand to pitch the Louisville region as a U.S. model for hiring military veterans.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Shift Communications Handles Boston Tech Bash
By Kevin McCauley
bostonShift Communications is handling the inaugural Boston TechJam, a block party slated Oct. 3 to celebrate the tech community and the city's "Innovation District."
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
NY Reviews EconDev Pact
By Greg Hazley
empireNew York State is soliciting pitches to review its account to promote investment and business development to European markets.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
WSJ Plagued by Too Many 'Buts'
By Kevin McCauley
butThe credibility of journalism would be seriously bolstered if reporters and editors would drop the word "but" from news articles.
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Sard Verbinnen Works Devils Deal
By Greg Hazley
devilsSard Verbinnen & Co is working PR for the $320M acquisition of the New Jersey Devils hockey franchise by private equity financiers David Blitzer and Joshua Harris.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Pro-Assad Hackers Attack D.C. Post
By Kevin McCauley
The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group, which supports embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a cyber-attack on the Washington Post earlier today.
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Media: New EICs at Martha Stewart Living, Conde Nast Traveler
By Greg Hazley
New EICs at Martha Stewart Living, Conde Nast Traveler ... Greenberg to TheStreet ... Meeks takes Atlantic content post ...
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Murphy Steps Down at Grayling
By Kevin McCauley
murphyMichael Murphy, non-executive chairman of Grayling, has stepped down to pursue other interests.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Levy Stays Active on Acquisition Front
By Kevin McCauley
Publicis Groupe Maurice Levy, who brokered the blockbuster "merger of equals" with Omnicom, has scooped up digital shop Engauge Marketing, which is based in Columbus, Ohio.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
PRSA Partly Corrects Conference Attendee Claims
By Jack O'Dwyer
This is an open letter to PR Society associate PR director Stephanie Cegielski who has corrected the Society website by removing the claim that 3,000 "professionals" attend the group's annual conferences and replacing that with the word "attendees." Numerous questions put to Cegielski are being ignored.
Category: PRSA
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Weber Shandwick Checks In with DC Exchange
By Greg Hazley
DC Health ExchangeWashington, D.C.'s health insurance exchange has awarded its communications account to Weber Shandwick after a competitive pitch process.
Category: Healthcare PR
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Bahrain's PR Firms Put on Notice
By Kevin McCauley
bahrainOn the day the Egyptian military stormed the camps of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and slaughtered 150 people (or 2,200 according to the Muslim Brotherhood), Bahrain activists put western PR firms supporting the King's government on notice, threatening cyber-attacks on their websites.
Category: International
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Campus Fire Safety Push Wants PR Help
By Greg Hazley
cleryA 26-year-old national campaign for safety on college campuses is on the hunt for PR help for a fire safety push with a goal of reaching at least 10 percent of the 18M students in higher education.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
DCI's Lawson to PA Gov Slot
By Kevin McCauley
Managing director for DCI Group is the new communications director for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
NY Times Site Crashes
By Kevin McCauley
The New York Times website crashed around 11:30 today due to technical difficulties. The paper has not been able to update the site since 11:07.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Hard Drive Makers Form Trade Group as Cloud Computing, Flash Rises
By Greg Hazley
spaFour leading hard drive makers have formed the Storage Products Association to represent and promote the $37B sector as the Big Data and mobile communications era places a greater emphasis on cloud computing and so-called flash memory use expands.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
PRSA Inflates Conference Attendance by 50%+
By Jack O'Dwyer
PR Society of America's promotion to service firms for its 2013 annual conference in Philadelphia Oct. 26-29 has been saying that such conferences have attracted "an average attendance of 3,000 PR professionals, with executive or senior level decision makers comprising more than one-third of attendees."
Category: PRSA
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