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Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
CPJ Raps US Spying on Journalists
By Kevin McCauley
Committee to Protect Journalists today ripped the Obama Administration’s policy of mass surveillance as a threat to freedom of the press worldwide.
Category: Media News
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
NYU Adopts New Dept Name for Marketing, PR and Graphic Comms Programs
By Jack O'Dwyer
paula paytonThe NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies has adopted the new name of Strategic Communication, Marketing and Media Management for a department that offers graduate degree programs and noncredit offerings in PR, marketing and graphic communications. Removal is part of trend to discard PR in business/educational worlds. Program founder John Doorley leaves.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
CSR Gold Goes to CVS, AT&T
By Kevin McCauley
larry merloCVS and AT&T have kicked 2014 off in fine fashion, making bold moves on the corporate social responsibility front.
Category: CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Clemens Loses Latest Bid to Protect PR Docs in Suit
By Greg Hazley
roger clemensEmbattled baseball star Roger Clemens must turn over PR documents in the defamation suit brought by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, a federal judge ruled Jan. 30.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
NY Times Suffers 63% Slide in Net
By Kevin McCauley
The New York Times Co. today reported a 63.2 plunge in Q4 net income to $65.7M on a 5.2 percent dip in revenues to $443.9M.
Category: Media News
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Oregon Tourism Changes PR to Lane
By Greg Hazley
oregonThe Oregon Tourism Commission has moved its six-figure PR account to Portland-based Lane PR, following a review.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Edelman Helps CVS Drop Tobacco
By Greg Hazley

cvsEdelman is advising client CVS Caremark amid its Feb. 5 announcement that the pharmacy chain will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600-plus stores in the U.S.

Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Edelman, Grunig, Falconi Slated for Stakeholder Panel
By Greg Hazley
panelEdelman CEO Richard Edelman and noted PR professor and author James Grunig are among panelists slated for a free Feb. 28 event by The Conference Board and New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Category: PR Events
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Inkhouse Plants Flag in San Francisco
By Greg Hazley
Annemiek HamelinckWaltham, Mass.-based InkHouse has opened a San Francisco office led by Waggener Edstrom senior VP Annemiek Hamelinck.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
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Digital 10 digital marketing questions to ask your agency partner in 2014 (S. Agresta) 
PR Getting around walls (S. Robertson) 
Stunts Do publicity stunts work? (C. Penn) 
Apologies Retail chiefs face Senate on hacking (Reuters) 
PR 101 Fashion media list round-up (Cision) 
Digital Decoding digital marketing (N. Krestos) 
Travel Hotel PR in the age of social media (D. Craig) 
Apologies Too many sorry excuses for apology (NY Times) 
Crisis Green advertising helped BP recover from the Gulf spill(HBR) 
Social How we use and feel about the No. 1 social network (MMC) 
Olympics Journos in Sochi live-tweeting (bad) experiences (Wash Post) 
Corporate CVS pulls the plug on tobacco (ABC)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
Sard, ICR Ride to Helen of Troy's Rescue
By Kevin McCauley
hotSard Verbinnen & Co and ICR counsel Helen of Troy as the consumer company wrestles with demands from Sachem Head Capital Management to explore strategic alternatives.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
St. Louis Transit Push Calls for Pitches
By Greg Hazley
cmtA 20-year-old St. Louis advocacy group seen as a national model for rallying public support for mass transit is on the hunt for PR help as it slates a year-long education campaign.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
NPR's Bross Pitches The Atlantic
By Greg Hazley
anna brossAnna Bross, director of media relations for NPR, is moving to The Atlantic as senior director of communications in Washington.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
Gephardt Mines DC Contacts for Planetary Resources
By Kevin McCauley
planetaryFormer House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt is providing Washington guidance for Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining operation in Seattle.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
Dominican Republic Docks PR at Harbour
By Kevin McCauley
The Dominican Republic has given The Harbour Group a $260K six-month PR job to improve its reputation in the U.S.
Category: International
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
NY PR Pro Behind Cabbage Patch Kids Craze Dies at 86
By Jack O'Dwyer
dick weinerRichard Weiner, 86, a native of Brooklyn who built a PR firm that billed $4.5 million and had 83 employees in 1985, and who sold it to BBDO in 1986, died in Miami Jan. 29.
Category: Obituary
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
JPMorgan Chase Pro Checks Out NBCU
By Kevin McCauley
mark kornblauMark Kornblau, most recently managing director, corporate communications, at JPMorgan Chase, will join NBCUniversal News Group as senior VP-communications on Feb. 17.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
Jacksonville Chamber Ramps Up PA
By Greg Hazley
matt galnorMatt Galnor, a journalist-turned-PR pro, has been named VP of public affairs for the JAX Chamber, the chamber of commerce for Florida's largest city.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Web Links
By Greg Hazley
Adv One quarter of all Super Bowl ads were made by one company (Wash Post) 
Canada A PR guru's tough love for Canada's timid business leaders (Financial Post) 
SEO Social media gurus and the foolhardy trend to bash SEO (F. Strong) 
Content The march toward brand journalism continues (C. Wolverton) 
Social Lessons from Coke and the Super Bowl: Have thick skin and clear plan (J. Licko) 
Content Google authorship: Why you need it and why it keeps changing (B. Lucey) 
Crisis New Christie questions: Why a last-minute revision to press release? (Salon) 
Crisis Mercury Public Affairs hires lawyer amid Christie probes (Politico) 
Tips 5 ways confidence will make your presentation more successful (LewisPR)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Geithner, Kelly Exit Time Inc. in Revamp
By Kevin McCauley
Time MagazineTime Inc. CEO Joe Ripp announced today via a “moving forward” staff memo that executive VP David Geithner and American Express Publishing CEO Ed Kelly will depart in the revamp that will cut 500 people from the payroll ahead of the TI spin-off from Time Warner.
Category: Media News
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