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Thu., Nov. 14, 2013
Gov't Shutdown Shoots Down Global Aviation
By Kevin McCauley
 
global aviation holdingsJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is handling the Chapter 11 filing of Peachtree City, Ga.-based Global Aviation Holdings, which partly blames the federal government shutdown for its bankruptcy.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Mon Dieu! Wall Street Journal ♥s France
By Kevin McCauley
 
Not too long ago, the Wall Street Journal led the media cabal in trashing France as leader of the “axis of weasels” or the cheese-eating surrender monkeys. On Monday, the Journal kicked off the week with a lede editorial that carried the shocking headline, "Vive La France."
Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Levick Snares Grayling Vet
By Kevin McCauley
 
wolf-creutzfeldtLeslie Wolf-Creutzfeldt, who served as managing director of Grayling USA to help the British PR operation gain a footfhold here, has gone to Washington’s Levick.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Foley: CBS News Circles the Wagons
By Kevin Foley
 
foleyCBS thought that a "60 Minutes" apology was the end of its Benghazi mistake, but the network’s public relations problems are only beginning. 
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Virginia Reviews Election PR
By Greg Hazley
 
virginiaVirginia's bipartisan election agency has kicked off a review of its PR and media relations account.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Media News: Scripps Howard News Service to Close After Nearly 100 Years
By Kevin McCauley
 
Scripps Howard News Service to close; Talent exodus continues at New York Times; Francisco earns Good Housekeeping's seal of approval...
Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Huntsworth Reports Revenues Dip
By Kevin McCauley
 
Huntsworth today reported a 0.9 percent dip in first-half revenues due to continued declines at its Grayling flagship, which accounts for 45 percent of group activity, and consumer-oriented Red (eight percent).
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Book Review: League of Denial - The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for the Truth
By Kevin McVicker
 
league of denialJust as tobacco executives can no longer deny the ill effects of smoking, the NFL can no longer deny the substantial risks to football players' heads. A review of Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru's League of Denial.
Category: Book Review
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Expanding Al Jazeera America Plugs in Comms Chief
By Greg Hazley
 
dawn bridgesAl Jazeera America has brought in Time Warner alum Dawn Bridges to head corporate communications for the expanding U.S. push of the Qatari news network.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Tribune Co Nabs Ex-CNN Comms Chief
By Greg Hazley
 
christa robinsonChrista Robinson, who led communications for CNN Worldwide until earlier this year, has moved to Tribune Company as chief communications officer.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Stumbling in Social Media Era of Radical Transparency
By Kevin McCauley
 
Tony Hayward, former BP chief and today’s Wall Street Journal cover boy for his oil drilling work in human rights-challenged regions of the world, gets a shout-out in Havas Worldwide’s just-released report about how trust and dynamism drive brand success.
Category: Social Media
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
RLM Finsbury Dials Up Thonis
By Kevin McCauley
 
thonisOne-time chief communications officer for Verizon Communications joins RLM Finsbury as senior advisor focused on corporate reputation, crisis and brand building.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Finn Partners Bolsters Hollywood Savvy
By Kevin McCauley
 
boonshaftFinn Partners  has added entertainment pro Hope Boonshaft as senior partner at its Rogers/Finn Partners unit in Los Angeles.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Legal Trumps Court of Opinion at PRSA
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
“How to work with senior managers who defer to the legal function and the court of law rather than PR and the court of public opinion” was the title of a workshop at the PR Society of America conference Oct. 28 in Philadelphia. That is exactly the situation that Stephanie Cegielski, VP-PR of the Society, finds herself in.
Category: PRSA
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Cooney Waters Teams With Russo
By Kevin McCauley
 

Cooney/Waters has teamed with Russo Partners to form Clearpath Health Communications to provide holistic PR support to companies though the lifecycles of businesses and products.

Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
WCG Grabs Edelman Digital Maven
By Kevin McCauley
 
michael britoWCG has recruited Michael Brito, who led Edelman Digital's social business strategy, for the group director slot at its San Francisco headquarters office.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Nov. 11, 2013
Dilenschneider on Veterans Day
By Robert Dilenschneider
 
Monday is the observation of Veterans Day. We all need to pause to honor and celebrate the men and women who stand in harm's way so we can live full and safe lives.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Nov. 11, 2013
Gap Shops for PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
gapGap Inc. is circulating an RFP for a corporate communications PR partner to "serve as a thought partner to deliver out-of-the-box and innovative ideas" to the San Francisco-based $16 billion retailer.
Category: Beauty & Fashion PR
Fri., Nov. 8, 2013
Eclipse of CIO Signals Big Changes for Tech Suppliers
By O'Dwyer's Staff
 
O'Dwyer's November Technology PR MagazineWinston Churchill said that “to improve is to change.” This is advice today’s technology vendors should take to heart. Corporations are now witnessing an internal transformation in the information technology world, where IT-related decisions in organizations once handled by its traditional center, the Chief Information Officer, has moved to the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Nov. 8, 2013
PR People Told to 'Lighten Up'
By Kevin McCauley
 
whipple“Lighten up,” is the best recommendation to PR people that I have heard in many years of covering the business.
Category: Public Relations
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