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Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
Solomon: How Not To Respond To PR Crises
By Arthur Solomon
solomonAll too often flawed responses to PR crises needlessly keep disasters in the news. Here are several examples that resulted in additional negative media coverage or, at the best, didn't help the situation.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
Ogilvy Handles Launch of Test-Tube Burger
By Kevin McCauley
beefOgilvy PR generated the buzz surrounding yesterday's unveiling of the world's first test-tube burger.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
RLM Finsbury Works $1B British Energy Buy in US
By Greg Hazley
hess, direct energyHouston-based Direct Energy gets PR support in its $1B purchase of Hess' B2B energy supply business.
Category: M&A
Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
KV&B Shuts Down
By Kevin McCauley
Katcher Vaughn & Bailey PR, the Nashville-based shop founded in 1996, is shutting down at the end of the month.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
NM Has Fed Funding for EconDev PR Plan
By Greg Hazley
new mexicoAn association of governments covering a swath of central New Mexico and armed with federal economic development dollars is dangling a six-figure PR contract touting the region in national media.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Bezos Bails Out WAPO
By Kevin McCauley
Washington PostAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos is spending $250M to buy the Washington Post and its chain of local papers.  He promises the Post's "values will not change" and is optimistic about the future of the daily.
Category: Media News
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Hager Sharp Acquires Lipman Hearne's D.C. Unit
By Kevin McCauley
Hager Sharp is acquiring the Washington office of Lipman Hearne, which is based in Chicago.
Category: M&A
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Things Are Looking Up for Media World
By Kevin McCauley
The deals of this past weekend marked the low-point of the great media depression.
Category: Media News
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Pankowski Rejoins Sachs
By Kevin McCauley
Mark PankowskiMark Pankowski has opened a Washington outpost for Florida’s Sachs Media Group.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Grayling Bolsters Coastal Coverage
By Kevin McCauley
Grayling has named key executives in San Francisco and New York as the British company bolsters its “senior bench talent” in the U.S., according to CEO Pete Pedersen.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
C&B Fronts Wind Energy Group
By Kevin McCauley
Covington & Burling is repping the FAIR Coalition, which wants a “level playing field” for renewable energy sources vis-à-vis the oil and natural gas sector. 
Category: Environmental PR
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
Biden Aide Joins AKPD
By Kevin McCauley
Mike Donilon, a long-time advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, has joined AKPD Message and Media as head of its Washington office.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
'PR Day' Flops in U.K. but Need Continues
By Jack O'Dwyer
PR National Awareness DaySaturday, July 27 was the first "PR National Awareness Day" in the U.K. in case you missed it.  Almost everyone missed it in the U.K. and there is no evidence anyone at all knew about the effort in the U.S.
Category: PR Commentary
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Reasons Why Sony is Beating Microsoft in the PR War
By Ronn Torossian
Every few years, the world of technology gets rocked by the release of new home video gaming consoles.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
WAPO Profit Slides 13%
By Kevin McCauley
Washington Post Co. reported a 13 percent slide in net income to $45.1M on a three percent rise in second-quarter revenues to the $1B mark.
Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
AP, Meltwater Settle Copyright Suit
By Kevin McCauley
The Associated Press and Meltwater, news aggregator, have settled their copyright suit and agreed to join forces to create new revenues sold through Meltwater’s sales network.
Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Viacom Shares Surge on Stock Buyback News
By Kevin McCauley
Viacom today doubled its stock repurchase program to $20B following a bullish earnings report, drawing cheers on Wall Street.
Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Bury Takes Top Communications Spot at UTC
By Kevin McCauley
Edward BuryEdward M. Bury has been appointed Coordinator of Public Information at the Urban Transportation Center (UTC), a research unit at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Category: Personnel Appointments
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Miami-headed PRSA Nomcom May Pick Miamian
By Jack O'Dwyer
The nominating committee of PR Society of America, headed by Miamian Rosanna Fiske, meets today, tomorrow and Sunday in Chicago and appears on the verge of picking Kathy Barbour of Coral Gables as 2014 chair-elect. Coral Gables is just south of Miami.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Foreign Clients Power Podesta
By Kevin McCauley
Tony PodestaThe Podesta Group reports an impressive $2.6M in first-half fees/reimbursements from foreign governments, up 86 percent from last year.
Category: Lobbying
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