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Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Glover Park Supports Iraq's Sunnis
By Kevin McCauley

Glover Park GroupGlover Park Group has agreed to advocate on behalf of Iraq's minority Sunni population, a sect  historically at odds with the country's 60 percent majority Shiitte Muslims.

Category: Foreign government
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Southampton Gives Up on Eruv Battle
By Jack O'Dwyer
SH agreementSouthampton, escaping possible millions in legal fees and penalties, signed a deal with the East End Eruv Assn., Verizon and Long Island Lighting allowing Jewish religious markers on utility poles.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Latest Video Puts Planned Parenthood on the Defensive
By Matthew Schwartz

Planned ParenthoodThe video comes amid the GOP debate over whether to risk a government shutdown by blocking funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization has been accused of selling fetal tissue.

Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Daily News Cuts Lupica Loose
By Matthew Schwartz

Mike LupicaLetting Lupica go means the newspaper probably will be less of destination among consumers because there are plenty of people who simply got the daily to read Lupica’s latest musings. 

Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Hill Climbs to APCO
By Kevin McCauley

Denise HillDenise Hill, who has more than 30-years of corporate communications experience, has joined APCO Worldwide's international advisory communications.

Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Honest Co's Olivas Casts Comms for Skydance
By Greg Hazley
shannon olivasShannon Olivas, VP of corporate communications for consumer packaged goods provider The Honest Company, has moved to film and TV producer Skydance as senior VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Renewable Power Group Seeks PR Charge
By Greg Hazley
energy trustThe Oregon entity funded by electric power companies to support energy efficiency and renewable sources is on the hunt for PR support.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
Geller Succeeds Tassler at CBS Entertainment
By Kevin McCauley
CBSNina Tassler, who helmed CBS Entertainment since 2004, will step down by yearend and serve as consultant through 2017. Her deputy Glenn Geller moves up.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 17, 2015
PR Links: Measuring Public Affairs; GM Near Settlement; The Ad That Could Kill Fiorina...
By Greg Hazley
Measurement Measurement and evaluation of public affairs (S. Kochhar) 

Healthcare What does the FDA do in a gov't shutdown? (M. Senak)

Crisis GM, Justice Dept near criminal settlement (WSJ) 

Politics This is the ad that could kill Carly Fiorina's campaign(Wash Post) 

PR 101 Is it ok to tall a little white lie? (J. Newman) 

Tactics Setting a Guinness World Record for PR (C. Conner) 

Politics 6 lessons for communicators from the Republican presidential debate (L. Kersey)

Media In bashing NY Times, Brock embraces anonymous sources(E. Wemple) 

Food McRevolt: The frustrating life of the McDonald's franchisee(Bloomberg) 

Fallout Kim Davis saga raises concerns about Kentucky's image(WFPL)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Cablevision Falls to Altice for $18B
By Kevin McCauley
alticeCablevision is being acquired by Europe's Altice for about $18B, which includes assumption of $14.5B in new and existing debt.
Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
News Corp.'s Murdoch Gets Unruly
By Kevin McCauley

UnrulyNews Corp is spending $175M to acquire Unruly Holdings Ltd, London-based social video ad platform with regional hubs in New York and Singapore.

Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Ma Bell's McGivern Dials Up Ogilvy
By Kevin McCauley

Ogilvy PRTim McGivern, a 15-year veteran of AT&T, has shifted to Ogilvy Government Relations' DC office.

Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Citizens Ask Westhampton Library Board to Resign
By Jack O'Dwyer

It's Your Library!The five-member, self-appointed board of the “Westhampton Free Library” was asked to resign today by most of the 35 residents at a library board meeting. The board showed no signs of doing that.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Brunswick Backs A-B InBev's Move on SABMiller
By Kevin McCauley
AB InBevBrunswick Group handles media for Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover approach to SAB Miller, a proposed deal to unite the two top global beer companies would create a $70B colossus.
Category: Financial Management
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
What a Client's IPO Means to the PR Team
By Mark Thabit
Mark ThabitHow a PR team perceives a client's brand may differ from how investors and consumers classify it. This is a major pitfall for communicators.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Delaware River Toll Bridge Commission Trolls for PR
By Kevin McCauley
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge CommissionThe Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is seeking a "well-established" PR/marketing firm to handle its varied communications needs.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Alibaba PR Chief Blasts Barron's in Lengthy Rebuttal
By Greg Hazley
barron'sJim Wilkinson, the veteran corporate PR hand who leads global corporate affairs for Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba, penned a lengthy rebuttal to a critical piece in Barron's this week, hitting the magazine and its reporter for a "lack of integrity, professionalism and fairness."
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Ukraine Firm, CEO Pay $30M in Newswire Hack
By Greg Hazley
jaspenA Ukrainian company and its CEO agreed to pay $30M to settle federal charges of profiting from a massive, $100M newswire hacking scheme unveiled in August.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Changes at Tribune and WSJ Contract and Expand PR opportunities
By Matthew Schwartz

Keep Calm & Pitch OnTwo major publishing companies reportedly are making strategic moves that will both expand and contract the pitching opportunities at some of the nation’s most popular media outlets.

Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
What's the Answer to 'Why'
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickThe White House approves Iran deal because it says it's the best way to avoid war, yet rejects Russian offer to form alliance to fight terrorism in Syria. What gives?
Category: Crisis Communications

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Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
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Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
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Wed., Oct. 19
PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
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Wed., Oct. 19
Keeping Pace in an Evolving Marketplace
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Tue., Oct. 18
PR’s Role in Patient Engagement
By Sharon Reis
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Tue., Oct. 18
Year-End Tax Planning and Developments
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Mon., Oct. 17
HP Job Cuts May Hurt Brand
By Ronn Torossian
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Mon., Oct. 17
Marketing Medical Cannabis, Like it’s Medicine
By Jonathan Bloom
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Fri., Oct. 14
Communicating Healthcare in a Mobile-First World
By Johnathon Briggs
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Thu., Oct. 13
Why the VP Debate Could be a Four-Year Story
By Arthur Solomon
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Tue., Oct. 11
Trump is Running Out of Time to Sell His Story
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Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
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Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
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Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
Northwest Florida Beaches Int'l Airport

Thu., Oct. 6
Nassau Health Care Seeks Ad Agency

Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
Hawaii Tourism Authority

Tue., Oct. 4
Upstate NY DOT Seeks Broadcast, Media Buying Help
Warren County Tourism Department

Mon., Sep. 19
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