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Wed., Sep. 18, 2013
AIG Hires CMO Reporting to Comms Chief
By Greg Hazley

AIG has tapped Goldman Sachs marketing chief David May as corporate chief marketing officer as the company continues to burnish its image since its federal bailout in 2008.

Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Al Jazeera America Off to Credible Start
By Kevin McCauley
ajaAl Jazeera America, which launched Aug. 20 via the help of Qorvis Communications, knows that if it has any chance to earning a reputation as being more than a propaganda arm of owner Government of Qatar, it must present news without a pro-Arab tilt.
Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Sitrick Works Penthouse Publisher Chapter XI
By Kevin McCauley
friendfinderSitrick and Company is working today's bankruptcy filing of FriendFinder Networks, the online adult entertainment network that acquired Penthouse Magazine in 2003.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Mid-Sized Firms Led 2012 Revenue Growth in PR
By Greg Hazley
PR agencies grew 8.2% on average last year with the largest increase – 13.1% – among mid-to-large-size firms in the $10M-$25M range, according to StevensGouldPincus.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
APCO Gets Foot in Mexico's PR Door
By Kevin McCauley
mexicoAPCO Worldwide has scooped up a $50K project to gauge the attitude held by Americans and U.S. opinion leaders toward Mexico's new president.
Category: International
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
PRSA Switching Magazines to Digital Versions
By Jack O'Dwyer
tacticsPR Society of America has told those who joined after Aug. 2 that they will only be sent e-mail versions of the monthly PR Tactics tabloid and the quarterly magazine PR Strategist.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Montana Reviews Tourism Account with Eye on Digital
By Greg Hazley
get lostThe Treasure State has kicked off a review of its tourism marketing and communications efforts with an RFP process through October that includes its first search for a digital agency of record.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
AP Editor to Texas Legal PR Shop
By Greg Hazley
friedenHealth and science editor for the Associated Press in New York moves to the PR realm with Androvett Legal Media & Marketing in Houston.
Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Eco-Friendly Wine Push Seeks PR Growth
By Greg Hazley
sipThe certification standard for sustainable vineyards and wines has floated an RFP for PR help as robust growth in the program over its first six years has leveled off.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
Ex-Congressman Does PA for Occupied Cyprus
By Kevin McCauley
Former Brooklyn/Staten Island congressman is handling public affairs and government relations duties for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the occupied section of Cyprus.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
NBA Vet Dribbles to Coyne
By Kevin McCauley
david cooperSeven-year vet of the National Basketball Assn., including a stint at senior director of marketing communications, joins Coyne PR as VP in its sports and media practice.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
Hernandez to DCI Group
By Greg Hazley
New York Times investigative reporter Raymond Hernandez is joining right-leaning PR/PA firm DCI Group in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
New York Journalists in State of Collapse
By Jack O'Dwyer
From an organizational standpoint, New York journalists are in a state of collapse. The groups that are supposed to help them are run by the "haves" of journalism, i.e., the employed.
Category: Media News
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Media: Time's Stengel to State, Maxim Sold, Ad Age Editor to Agency, Newspaper Trade Group Goes Dark
By Kevin McCauley
Time's Stengel to propaganda czar post at State Dept., Maxim sold to Darden, Taplett moves to Defense One, Time Inc acquires Amex mags, AA editor to KBS&P, Newspaper trade group goes dark, NBCU's Shaw tunes in Viacom...
Category: Media News
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Israeli Defense Contractor Hires Ex-Congressman
By Kevin McCauley
rafaelIsrael's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has recruited former Pennsylvania congressman to push for Pentagon, border security and disaster relief contracts.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
GMO Showdown in Washington State
By Greg Hazley
522The PR firm that helped torpedo a ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods in California last year is trying to replicate the victory in Washington this fall.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
PRSA CEO Change Minimized, Assembly Halved
By Jack O'Dwyer
A 31-minute teleconference yesterday for PR Society of America Assembly delegates was told that giving president and COO Bill Murray the single title of CEO is no change whatever because that is the role in which he has been functioning.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
O'Hara: Navigating Brands Through Social Hate
By Katherine O'Hara

katherine o'haraSocial media abounds with "haters" who spew venom and nonsense at personalities and brands. What does a PR person do when a client is under attack?

Category: Social Media
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Fleishman Heads Cone
By Greg Hazley
bill fleishmanCone Communications president Bill Fleishman has been named CEO of the CSR-savvy Omnicom PR shop.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
NYT Takes Unfair Hit for Putin Op-ed
By Kevin McCauley

putinThe New York Times has received "plenty of criticism" for running today's op-ed piece by Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, according to its public editor Margaret Sullivan.

Category: Media News
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