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Fri., Sep. 5, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
PR and communications job listings from this week.
Category: PR Jobs
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014
Abbvie's Lewis to Astellas
By Greg Hazley
andrew lewisPharma pro Andrew Lewis has moved to Astellas to head communications for the drug maker's global medical & development unit.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014
Sri Lanka Sweetens Madison's Pot
By Kevin McCauley

prasad kariyawasamHuman rights-challenged Sri Lanka has upped Madison Group's $15K, one-year contract effective June 1 to $25K-a-month beginning Aug. 1. 

Category: International
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014
Oregon County Seeks Travel PR Help
By Greg Hazley
mt hoodOregon's Clackamas County, the outdoor recreation mecca that includes Mount Hood, is looking for outside PR help to woo travel writers.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014
Lawyer Spurlock Joins PRSA Ethics Panel as Press Advocate
By Jack ODwyer

delbert spurlockDelbert Spurlock, a lawyer who was EVP of the New York Daily News from 1993-2010, has joined the PRSA/NY "Mock Trial" of PR Monday as a press advocate.

Category: PR Ethics
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014
Edelman Doubles Down on France
By Greg Hazley
edelmanEdelman has acquired France's top independent PR firm, ELAN, a six-year-old agency started by Edelman alum Marion Darrieutort.
Category: International
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Text's US Chief Opts for B-M
By Kevin McCauley

rowan beneckeRowan Benecke, executive VP-North America region at Text100, will join Burson-Marsteller Oct. 6 as chair of its global technology practice.

Category: Technology PR
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
SunEdison Shines on Grayling
By Kevin McCauley
solarSunEdison, a top solar technology company, has named Britain's Grayling as its agency of record.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-04-2014
By Greg Hazley
Careers Battling burnout in agency life (J. Stamp) 
Media Sex+Tech=Boffo News (P. Himler) 
Healthcare 3 PR/marketing budget imperatives for healthcare (L. Kersey) 
Careers Should you get an MBA? (HBR) 
Social Companies still embracing a command-and-control model for social media (L. Hoffman) 
Research A tipping point for PR research and CCOs (M. Fernandez) 
PA MWW says fed audit clears firm in 'Sandy' ad storm (Star-Ledger) 
Media The problem with 'takes' is the biz model of mass media(J. Jarvis) 
Mentors The mentors who move us (CPRF)
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Blog: Jones Recruits Sam in PR Bid to Make Cowboys Relevant for Moment
By Kevin McCauley
jerry jonesThe National Football League kicks off the 2014 season tonight with the offensive juggernaut Green Bay Packers taking on the Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks. All eyes, however, are on Dallas.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
PR Vet Davi to NY Food Bank
By Greg Hazley
silvia daviSilvia Davi, a corporate PR vetran of Marsh & McLennan and Broadcast Music Inc., has moved to the Food Bank for New York City as chief marketing and communications officer.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
ABC News DC Bureau Chief Moves to PR Role
By Greg Hazley
robin sproulRobin Sproul, Washington bureau chief for ABC News, is moving to the VP of public affairs role to lead external relations for the news division in the capital.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
RLM Finsbury Invades Bay Area
By Greg Hazley
doug michelmanRLM Finsbury has opened a San Francisco outpost to serve existing business and target new clients in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Bloomberg's Back at Bloomberg
By Kevin McCauley
mike bloombergMichael Bloomberg will resume his role at Bloomberg LLC, where he owns an 88 percent stake, at the end of the year as his deputy, Dan Doctoroff, steps out of the picture.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Ex-Bush Communications Director to 'The View'
By Greg Hazley
nicolle wallaceNicolle Wallace, a former top White House and campaign communications aide to President George W. Bush, will join a revamped "The View" for its new season as the roundtable talk show geared toward women premieres on Sept. 15.
Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
'Trial of PR' Sept. 8 Needs Exhibits, Dose of Reality
By Jack ODwyer

granat andersonSeven people representing PR firms, media and a digital communications firm will argue Sept. 8 whether "PR people practice deception." What this "mock trial" needs is a dose of reality, plus exhibits.

Category: PRSA
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
LAT Pro Enrolls at Cal State
By Kevin McCauley
Peter Hong, a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, has joined Cal State LA as director of strategic initiatives and deputy chief of staff.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 4, 2014
Funderburk to APCO in DC
By Greg Hazley
funderburkElizabeth Funderburk, a top communications ands public affairs exec for the over-the-counter drug industry's Washington trade group, has moved to APCO Worldwide in the District as director of its health policy group.
Category: Healthcare PR
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
Ex-US Senators Speak for Putin
By Kevin McCauley
Breaux, LottFormer Democratic Senator John Breaux of Louisiana and Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi are trying to torpedo US sanctions against Russian natural gas giant Gazprom to punish Vladimir Putin for his invasion and possible annexation of eastern Ukraine.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 3, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-03-2014
By Greg Hazley
Int'l Why Russian Might Cancel its Contract with Ketchum(Streetwise) 
Connections Your social media policy & the nude celebrity photo scandal (K. Dugan) 
Crisis Centerplate CEO's ouster illustrates power of social media (Globe and Mail) 
Sports Dan Snyder takes to ESPN to defend Redskins name (Deadspin)
Social Tracking 10 healthcare beat reporters on Twitter (M. Senak) 
Measurement The top 5 metrics you're measuring incorrectly (Comscore) 
Profile This PR exec launched her second career raising millions for wounded veterans  (Time) 
PR 101 5 big mistakes entrepreneurs make with their PR efforts (Entrepreneur) 
Startups When, why and how to hire a PR firm ( 
PA Ex-Obama press sec calls ISIS comment 'winceable' moment (TR) 
Category: PR Links
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