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Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Sloane, Kekst in Dow's AgroFresh Sale
By Greg Hazley
agrofreshSloane & Company and Kekst and Company worked M&A PR for Dow Chemical's $810M sale of its AgroFresh specialty chemicals business to Boulevard Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded investment vehicle of Avenue Capital Group.
Category: M&A
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 8-12-2015
By Greg Hazley
Corporate What drives corporate reputation among the general public? (MSL)

Tinder's Twitter meltdown appears to be a planned PR stunt (Adweek) 

For PR firms, focus shifts from newspapers to social media(Phil. Inquirer) 

Tinder's reaction to a Vanity Fair story kind of makes sense (C. Thilk) 

Farewell, DKNY PR Girl: Fashion brand breaks with sassy mascot (Mashable) 

How Rogers Ailes picked Trump over his own anchor Megyn Kelly (NY Mag) 

How Hollywood and Harvard forged the 'designated driver' campaign (D. Lewis) 

How to give feedback to someone who gets crazy defensive (HBR)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Newswires Hacked: US Charges 32 in Scheme That Reaped $100M
By Greg Hazley
wiresAuthorities have broken up a global fraud scheme that hacked into three major newswires since 2010 and reaped $100M in illicit profits by trading on the information in press releases before they were disseminated.
Category: PR Services
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Trump's 'Art of the Deal' Devolves into 'Art of the Whine'
By Kevin McCauley
jebDonald Trump outlines his 'terrific' political philosophy (God Save Us) as Jeb Bush slips from the radar screen.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Leveton Rejoins Penn
By Kevin McCauley
jay levetonJay Leveton, former CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, is the new partner at Stagwell Group, investment advisory shop helmed by research guru Mark Penn.
Category: Financial Management
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Nickles Takes on Theranos
By Kevin McCauley
The firm of former Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Nickles has signed up Theranos, the 10-year-old blood-testing biotech venture company, for Food & Drug Administration advocacy work
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Court Orders NJ Gov to Release Media List
By Greg Hazley
christieA New Jersey court has ordered Gov. Chris Christie's administration to release its list of 2,500 press contacts, following a suit by a watchdog group in the Garden State.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Harris Reunites with Former CEO to Lead ConAgra Communications
By Greg Hazley
jon harrisJon Harris, a top PR executive for Hillshire Brands, Sara Lee and Bally Total Fitness, has moved to ConAgra Foods as chief communications officer.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Columbia House Parent Books Sitrick for Bankruptcy PR
By Greg Hazley
columbia houseFilmed Entertainment, the parent company of the Columbia House direct-to-consumer DVD and (former) CD seller, has engaged Sitrick and Company for PR counsel amid its Aug. 10 bankruptcy filing.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
AbMac Works PR for Blockbuster Buffett Buy
By Greg Hazley
precisionAbernathy MacGregor Group is providing outside PR counsel to Precision Castparts as the aerospace components maker inks a deal to be sold to Berkshire Hathaway for $32.3B.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Google Recites Alphabet
By Kevin McCauley
Google has restructured operations to separate its mainstay search operation from its "moonshot" developmental businesses in a move that appeals to the demands of Wall Street.
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 8-11-2015
By Greg Hazley
Wikipedia The covert world of people trying to edit Wikipedia — for pay (The Atlantic) 

GM-crop opponents expand probe into ties b/t scientists and industry (Nature) 

How to ensure your company's cultural efforts won't crash and burn with Millennials (A. Petro) 

 The lion and the dictator (E. Tchividjian) 

The power of negotiation: Knowing when to fight (J. Newman)

Overcoming patient advocacy fatigue (C. Sobczyk) 

Are Uber and Facebook turning users into lobbyists? (M. Stempeck) 

FDA issues warning letter on social media posting (M. Senak)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Margaritis Checks Into Hilton
By Kevin McCauley
bill margaritisBill Margaritis, a 33-year communications veteran, is joining Hilton Worldwide later this month as executive VP-corporate affairs.
Category: Travel PR
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Blog: Slicing Through Emotional Clutter Surrounding Iran's Nuke Deal
By Kevin McCauley
iranScience weighs in on Iran's nuclear pact, cutting though the emotional and political noise surrounding the agreement.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Senators Shut 'Revolving Door'
By Kevin McCauley
senatorsDemocratic Senators Michael Bennet (CO) and Al Franken (MN) on Aug. 5 introduced the "Close the Revolving Door Act of 2015" to permanently ban Congressmen from becoming lobbyists after they retire.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Ex-NSC Spokeswoman Hayden to Edelman
By Greg Hazley
caitlin haydenCaitlin Hayden, former spokeswoman for the National Security Council and special assistant to President Obama, has landed at Edelman in Washington as a senior VP in its media and technology unit.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 8-10-2015
By Greg Hazley

Health Coca-Cola funds scientists who shift obesity blame away from diets (NY Times) 

Lessons Sifting through journalists' gripes and grumbles for PR lessons (L. Hoffman) 

Media Can the NFL save Twitter with this new deal? (24/7 Wall St.) 

Native Ads How to evaluate native content programs (J. Bell) 

Content The three biggest mistakes you're making in your content strategy (O. Akhtar) 

Legal Gibson Dunn blends legal, PR tactics in Uber case (The Recorder) 

Careers 6 ways to dial up social media to advance your career(K. Hannon) 

Fashion Models are raising their voices, and their profiles, online(NY Times) 

Int'l Israel, public diplomacy and the Iran agreement (P. Seib) 

Retail Humane Society ups PR ante in battle with Costco (CBS News) 

Tourism Ministry denies rift between Grayling and Kenya Tourism Board (All Africa) 

Travel Reinventing resort/hotel PR for the 21st century (B. Harrison)

Category: PR Links

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