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Mon., Jun. 24, 2013
Ravens PR Staff Wins Top NFL Honors
By Greg Hazley
 
Kevin ByrneThe PR staff of the Baltimore Ravens was named the top PR unit in the NFL for 2013 by the Professional Football Writers Association, the unit's second win in three years.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jun. 24, 2013
PRSA Is Unmentioned at Yann Funeral
By Jack ODwyer
 
Sources covering the funeral last week of Arthur Yann, VP-PR of PR Society of America, who died suddenly June 13, were struck by the fact that no one from the Society made remarks either at the funeral home or the church.
Category: PRSA
Mon., Jun. 24, 2013
Ex-Bloomberg Comms Chief Aligns with TransMedia
By Greg Hazley
 

judith czelusniakFormer top communications exec for Bloomberg LP and Tyco is tapped to counsel clients of TransMedia Group, a Boca Raton-based firm led by Tom Madden.

Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Cowan Opens for Business
By Kevin McCauley
 
mark cowanMark Cowan, a well-traveled public affairs veteran, has opened Cowan Strategies in Alexandria, Va., to counsel companies and foreign entities on government relations, global market entry and business development.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Gandolfini Was Much More Than Tony Soprano
By Kevin McCauley
 
gandofiniThe media are filled with well-deserved appreciations of James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos," but a more intriguing aspect of his life was his support for wounded combat veterans and community media in downtown Manhattan.
Category: Obituary
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Yann Eulogized as Husband, Father, PR Pro
By Jack ODwyer
 

Arthur YannPR Society of America leaders and staff joined with family members of Arthur Yann this morning to remember him as a devoted husband and father and accomplished PR practitioner at the Society, where he headed PR.

Category: PRSA
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund Invests in PR
By Greg Hazley
 
qatarQatar Holding, the $60B investment arm of the Qatari government's sovereign wealth fund, has engaged London-based global PR support.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Carter Exits Helm of B-M UK
By Kevin McCauley
 
matt carterFormer general secretary of the U.K.'s Labour party exits as head of Burson-Marsteller's British operation.
Category: International
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Florida Beach Reviews National PR
By Greg Hazley
 
waltonThe tourism development council for a key beach region of northwest Florida has kicked off a search for a PR firm to burnish the area's national image among consumers and the travel press.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
PRSA Bars Member's Web Access, No Reason Given
By Jack ODwyer
 
justiceEileen Lintao, senior manager of member services, PR Society of America, yesterday e-mailed a member that his "access to our online services has been revoked, as per our Terms of Use."
Category: PRSA
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Texas A&M Wants Social Media Education
By Greg Hazley
 
texas A&MTexas A&M University, an athletic powerhouse and new member of the Southeastern Conference, is on the hunt for proposals to develop a social media strategy to boost fan engagement.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
New Mexico Releases Health Exchange RFP
By Greg Hazley
 
nmhixNew Mexico on Tuesday started an agency search to guide PR and marketing for its health insurance exchange.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
Media: AP Buys Stake in User-Gen Content Co
By Kevin McCauley
 
AP buys stake in user-generated content co. ... CMT's Flippo dies at 69 ... Daschle takes Clear Channel political post ... Bauer launches three mags...
Category: Media News
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
Weber Shandwick Works 3-D Printing Deal
By Greg Hazley
 
makerbotStratasys, the Minneapolis and Israel-based 3-D printing giant acquiring Brooklyn-based competitor MakerBot, relies on outside PR counsel.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
PR Billings Rates Dipped in 2012
By Greg Hazley
 
billingAverage billing rates at PR firms fell in 2012, likely the result of a flat economy and stagnant revenue growth across the industry, according to a report by M&A consulting firm StevensGouldPincus.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
DuPont Silver Anvil is Tarnished Over Conflict
By Jack ODwyer
 

Anthony FarinaDuPont on June 13 picked up the Best of Silver Anvil Award of PR Society of America but it's tarnished as DuPont is a client of the chair of the Society, Mickey Nall of Ogilvy PR.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
FH's Pendergast to Brunswick in TX
By Kevin McCauley
 
Bill PendergastBill Pendergast, a FleishmanHillard veteran since 1999, has joined Brunswick Group as partner in Dallas.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
Former LA Times Editor to Sitrick
By Greg Hazley
 
Sallie HofmeisterSallie Hofmeister, a former editor for the New York and Los Angeles Times, has moved to the PR side with a post at Sitrick and Company in L.A.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
PR Pro Says US Attorney Subpoenaed Client Records
By Greg Hazley
 
Patrick CrosbyA Georgia PR pro said the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco has subpoenaed his records of representing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms whistleblower/agent Vince Cefalu.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Jun. 19, 2013
Grey Advertising 'Walks on the Wild Side'
By Kevin McCauley
 
lou reedGrey Advertising doesn't have the reputation as a creative powerhouse, but tomorrow it will "walk on the wild side" by featuring legendary 1960s seminal rock band Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed at the Annual Legends of Music Seminar at Cannes.
Category: Marketing Communications
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