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Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
Biden Brings in Bedingfield
By Kevin McCauley
Vice President Joe Biden hired Kate Bedingfield, who was spokesperson for John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, as communications director.
Category: Government
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
PR Links: Ben & Jerry's CSR Survival; ESPN PR Chief Q&A; Apologizing CEOs Need to Look Sad
By Greg Hazley

CSR How the social mission of Ben & Jerry's survived being gobbled up (NYT)

Q&A ESPN senior VP, corp comms., Chris LaPlaca (SBD)

Amazon Character is what you do, not what you say (R. Bolton)

Corporate Research: For a corporate apology to work, the CEO should look sad (HBR)

Int'l Communicating the global migrant crisis (E. Dunham)

Image Supermarket chain must pay Michael Jordan $8.9M (ESPN)

Reviews 3 things everyone should know about online reviews (J. Dougherty)

Measurement Measurement is your best ally (A. Dib)

Public Diplomacy James Glassman on the PR strategy vs. ISIS (J. Brown)

Category: PR Links
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
How PR writers in Singapore, HK, Shanghai differ from US pros
By Don Bates
Don BatesPR writers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai focus on their new mantra of snackable text, big-picture meaning, headline dominance and enhanced imagery.
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
FL Locale Eyes Social Help to Pitch Ecotourism
By Greg Hazley

floridaFlorida's Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands region is on the hunt for a social media firm or consultant work alongside its travel PR and advertising efforts.

Category: RFPs
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
Putin's Spokesman Raises Eyebrows
By Greg Hazley
peskovDmitry Peskov, spokesman and confidante of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is getting roasted by foreign media and Kremlin opposition after a family luxury yacht trip in Italy.
Category: International
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
SC City Gets PR Help After Police Shooting Death Goes National
By Greg Hazley
hammondThe South Carolina city of Seneca has brought in PR help after the police shooting of an unarmed, 19-year-old man draws national attention and a federal probe.
Category: Crisis Communications
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Joyous Westhampton Library Staff Unionizes 31-3
By Jack O'Dwyer

WHB Free LibraryWesthampton Library employees erupted with cheers and applause at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 as a tally of paper ballots showed they had voted to organize a union by a 31-3 margin. It’s part of a revolt against the tight-lipped regime of Mayor Maria Moore.

Category: Public Affairs
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015
Moore Tunes in Communications for TNT, TBS
By Greg Hazley
marie mooreMarie Moore, senior VP of PR for the IFC network, has moved to Turner Broadcasting's TNT and TBS as VP of communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015
Westhampton Library Staff Votes Union 31-3.
By Jack O'Dwyer

An angry Westhampton Library staff yesterday voted 31-3 to unionize. Employees are demanding “equal voice and due process” and a voice in library policy. Employee Sabina Trager claims she was unfairly fired June 23.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Zuckerman Scraps Daily News Sale
By Greg Hazley
daily newsNew York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman has canceled a bid to sell the paper, several months after putting the tabloid daily on the block.
Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Kyle Campbell of Southampton Press to Daily News
By Jack O'Dwyer

kyle campbellKyle Campbell, reporter for the Southampton Press and its website,, will join the New York Daily News Aug. 28 as a digital content producer for it auto section, based in Jersey City.

Category: Media News
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Arizona Seeks PR Firm to Pitch Chinese Tourists
By Greg Hazley
arizonaArizona, the Grand Canyon State, is reviewing its tourism PR work aimed at China, the fastest growing and highest spending international travel market to the US. 
Category: RFPs
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Fink Prescribed EVP Role at Porter Novelli
By Greg Hazley
catherine finkCatherine Fink, senior VP who led patient engagement at Ogilvy's Feinstein Kean Healthcare unit, has moved to Porter Novelli as an executive VP to lead its health and wellness business.
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Agenda/Engine Team Bolsters NATO's Communications Arsenal
By Kevin McCauley
natoNATO has hired DC-based PA shop Agenda and London-headquartered marketing firm Engine to handle communications across its 28 member-states and beyond.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
FamaPR Aids Limelight Amid Patent Fight
By Greg Hazley
limelightLimelight Networks, the $180M digital content delivery provider, is relying on tech shop famaPR as regroups after a major court defeat in its nine-year legal battle with Akamai Technologies.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
UN Seeks Media Trainer in NY
By Greg Hazley
unThe United Nations in New York is looking for a media training firm for a two-day session for senior managers in October. 
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
Trump is Gift to Democrats that Keeps on Giving
By Kevin McCauley

trumpFormer reality show host Donald Trump is more than the best thing to happen to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. He's a blessing for the future of the Democratic party.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
Clavin Shifts to Shift
By Kevin McCauley
leslie clavinLeslie Clavin, who was senior VP/technology at Grayling's San Francisco office, has joined SHIFT Communications' B2B technology practice in that city.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
SV&C, Edelman Work Deal For 'Female Viagra' Marketer
By Kevin McCauley
addyiSard Verbinnen & Co, Edelman handle $1B deal for marketer of Addyi, the first federally approved drug to treat female sexual desire disorder.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
Irish PR Pro Duffy Trades Qorvis for McBee
By Greg Hazley
mark duffyMark Duffy, an Irish PR and political operative in Washington, has left Qorvis MSLGroup for McBee Strategic Consulting in the capital.
Category: Public Affairs

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