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Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Edelman, CAA Take Top PR Lion in Cannes
By Greg Hazley
cannesEdelman and Creative Artists Agency took home the PR Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions award festival in France today, the first PR firm to win the top PR prize since its inception in 2009.
Category: International
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Labor Re-Builds Buzz
By Kevin McCauley
deepwateroneDespite woeful membership numbers, organized labor is far from dead. The so-called Blue-Green alliance of organized labor and environmental organizations is its chance to thrive.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Sports Formula 1 PR guy says he was fired for 'supporting gay athletes' (Jalopnik) 
Big Picture PR's digital opportunity will come at the expense of SEO consultancies (L. Hoffman) 
Essay PR pros learned to drink coffee from a goat (F. Strong) 
PR 101 How to DIY social media graphics that aren't lame (M. Wright) 
Sports New challenges for World Cup sponsors (Jez) 
Food/Bev Ben & Jerry's takes the heath out in GMO shakeup(BBW) 
RFP Gasden County (FL) tourism marketing (PDF) 
RFP Press familiarization trip to Maldives from France (link)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Media: Buzzfeed's Steinberg to MailOnline; Baquet Treated for Cancer
By Kevin McCauley
dean baquetNY Times' Baquet treated for cancer; Buzzfeed's Steinberg collects MailOnline CEO post for North America...
Category: Media News
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
NY Mayor DeBlasio Names PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
andrea hagelgansNew York City Mayor Bill deBlasio has named Andrea Hagelgans director of agency communications to handle his ties with various municipal units and his cabinet.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Wilber Takes Media Post at Qorvis
By Kevin McCauley
colleen wilburColleen Wilber, a former member of the American Cancer Society's advocacy team, is now at Qorvis MSLGroup as VP of media relations.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Shameful Bluster Over Rescued Soldier
By Joe Honick
joe honickFew things have been spoken more shamefully of political leadership by the Republicans than the combination of responses to the release of Sgt. Bergdahl and the rampant terrorism in Iraq by the ISIS.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
MasterCard Charges FTI with Lobbying Duties
By Kevin McCauley
mastercardMasterCard International has signed on as client at FTI Consulting for foreign policy and business support.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Retailer Express Dons ICR, Sard for Comms
By Greg Hazley
expressFashion retailer Express Inc. has donned IR and PR support as private equity firm Sycamore Partners pursues its acquisition
Category: M&A
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Wikipedia Critic 'Condemned Without a Trial'
By Jack O'Dwyer

wikipediaThe banning of Gregory Kohs from the Wikipedia conference May 30-June 1 has sparked an "edit war" of 10,000+ words on WP. Defenders of Kohs say he was "condemned without a trial" and start petition.

Category: Wikipedia
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
Citrix Opens PR Review
By Greg Hazley
citrixPublicly traded business software and IT services provider Citrix is on the hunt for a PR agency of record and has launched an open review to hear from firms.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
Red Bull Builds Media Empire
By Kevin McCauley
the grillRed Bull wants its burgeoning media unit to become as big as its energy drink business, said Werner Brell, managing director at Red Bull Media House, which launched 2007 in the company’s native Austria.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Tech Start-ups need a minimum visible brand (HBR) 
Apologies Why a crisis means never having to say you're sorry (S. Cody) 
Scheduling Tight on time? What to prioritize in the PR world (R. Streder) 
Social How Facebook's advertising changes give PR and marketing a competitive edge (C. Penn) 
SEO 3 communications must-dos to weather Google's latest shift(A. Gray) 
Infographic The World Cup is bigger than you think (Spong) 
Crisis What FIFA needs to do next (CNN) 
Food/Bev Big brewers respond to 'Food Babe' by listing ingredients(Ad Age) 
Int'l Richmond mayor's association with Ecuador's US PR firm raises questions (Richmond Std)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By O'Dwyer's Staff
PR and communications job listings of the week on
Category: PR Jobs
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
Editors: Social Media Impact Surpasses Traditional Media
By Amala Nath
nyuSocial media sites now rival traditional media in making an impact on the public, editors at top sites like Buzzfeed and LinkedIn told a New York University panel on June 11.
Category: Social Media
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
FH, AT&T Anti-Texting Push Tops Silver Anvils
By Greg Hazley
it can waitAT&T and FleishmanHillard won top honors at PRSA's 2014 Silver Anvil Awards on June 12 for a well-received campaign against texting built on its four-year-old "It Can Wait" effort.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014
Grumman Puts Davis on Communications Radar
By Greg Hazley
northrop grummanLisa Davis, VP of corporate affairs for AstraZeneca's biotechnology operation MedImmune, is moving to Northrop Grumman to guide communications for its $7B Electronic System business.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Jun. 12, 2014
360 Takes Top PR Honors in New England
By Greg Hazley
bell ringersBoston's 360 PR and baking mix client Krusteaz were awarded the best communications campaign of the year honors from the Publicity Club of New England on June 9 at the group's annual Bell Ringer Awards.
Category: PR Awards
Thu., Jun. 12, 2014
Uber's PR Gift
By Kevin McCauley
uberThe global taxi demonstration that snarled traffic in London, Barcelona, Paris, Milan and Madrid yesterday to protest car-sharing leader Uber showered priceless PR upon the San Francisco start-up, which sports a potential $17B market valuation.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Jun. 12, 2014
IABC to Target Small Businesses as Revenue Source
By Jack O'Dwyer
iabcThe International Association of Business Communicators, which lost $529K in 2013, needs new sources of revenues and should target the 28 million small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S., says chair Russell Grossman.
Category: IABC
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