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Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Tech PR Guru Joins Ruder Finn
By Kevin McCauley
 
robin kimRobin Kim will join Ruder Finn as executive VP/managing director of global technology & innovation Nov 10 in San Francisco.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
PRSA CEO Got $63K Bonus
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

bill murrayPRSA CEO Bill Murray, who had a $61K bonus in 2012, got another bonus of $63K in 2013 for a total of $430K, according to the group's 's 2013 IRS Form 990. He quit the Society March 7, 2014, effective June 1.

Category: PRSA
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Goodman Gasses Up Hess Toy Truck
By Kevin McCauley
 
hessGoodman Media International is handling the kick-off of the first-ever Hess Toy Truck mobile museum, which is parked today at New York City's Rockefeller Center.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Podesta Supports Afghanistan's New Prexy
By Kevin McCauley
 
ghaniPodesta Group has inked a $50K monthly contract to support Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani, who was took power in September in a coalition government with his one-time rival Abdullah Abdullah.
Category: Foreign government
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
MWW Sues McDonald's for $5.2M
By Kevin McCauley
 
mcdonald'sMWW is suing McDonald's New York Tri-State Owner/Operators Assn. for $5.2M fees for the alleged bad faith Oct. 1 termination of their 17-year relationship.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Embattled Mortgage Servicer Relies on PR, IR Help
By Greg Hazley
 
ocwenMortgage servicing giant Ocwen Financial is leaning on outside PR and IR support after New York State’s Dept. of Financial Services said it uncovered "serious issues" with the company, including backdating of letters to borrowers about loan modifications and foreclosures.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-28-2014
By Greg Hazley
 

Big Picture The four Ps of PR leadership (A. Gregory) 

Gaffes Start-up sends basket of sex toys to reporters in 'misunderstood' pitch (BI) 

Travel How to leverage user generated content (G. Pritchard) 

Social Twitter's too-much-content challenge (Z. Stanley) 

Media 'Excellent source' told ex-CBS Newser she was hacked (Wash Post) 

Food/Bev It's a myth that Millennials are abandoning fast food (Consumerist)

Category: PR Links
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Ex-Pentagon Press Secretary Questions Officers as Spokesmen
By Greg Hazley
 
john kirbyJ.D. Gordon, a PR consultant and former Pentagon and GOP press hand, ripped Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby and the Obama administration in an op-ed in The Hill today, questioning whether uniformed military officers speaking for the White House are "useful idiots" or "good officers."
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Steptoe & Johnson Lawyer Counsels B-M Clients
By Kevin McCauley
 
jim mooreheadJim Moorehead, a partner at Washington's Steptoe & Johnson, has moved to Burson-Marsteller as managing director in its US PA & crisis practice in D.C.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Ex-Rick Perry Aide Reps Energy-Rich Azerbaijan
By Kevin McCauley
 
liz mairAzerbaijan, which is under fire for its sorry human rights record, has hired Republican advisor Liz Mair for PR services and related communications works.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Blog: Will Billionaires Get the Best Congress Money Can Buy?
By Kevin McCauley
 
congressWill America get the best Congress that money can buy? Of course. Americans of the non-plutocratic class have very little impact on the bankrolling of the races.
Category: Environmental PR
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-27-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Media The bad news about the news (Brookings) 
Q&A Meet the media: LA Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds (LCI) 
Corporate What corporate storytellers can learn from fairy tales(S. Van Buuren) 
Food/Bev New food ratings tell you which junk food is least bad(BusinessWeek) 
Controversy The 'Death of Klinghoffer' at the Met (New Yorker) 
PA UCLA Hillel partners with PR firm to fight divestment movement (Mondoweiss) 
Re-brand PR group embraces its nickname (Associations Now) 
Retail Why CVS and Rite-Aid turned off Apple Pay (Forbes)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Nourie Sees Revamped, Expanded Role for PR Firms
By Greg Hazley
 
phil nourieFinancial communications vet Phil Nourie has opened a new shop, NouriePR+, centered on B2B marketing communications and strategic counseling as he looks to widen the scope of PR counsel beyond traditional media relations and "upend" the PR agency model.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Hit UN Equality Campaign Seeks PR Agency
By Greg Hazley
 
heforsheThe month-old United Nations gender equality campaign HeForShe,  has cast a net for global PR agency to build on momentum from its September 2014 launch.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Oct. 27, 2014
Council of PR Firms, Mired in Past Like PRSA, Sticks with 'PR'
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

pr councilThe Council of PR Firms, founded in 1998 mostly with ad/PR conglomerate funds, and still dominated by them, is using "PR Council" as its new name. This echoes PRSA sticking with its failed APR program.

Category: Associations
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
National Cancer Institute to Review PR
By Greg Hazley
 
nciThe National Cancer Institute plans to review its multimillion-dollar PR account handled by Ogilvy PR for the past five years.
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Ex-Ford PR Head Alleges Phone Tapping
By Greg Hazley
 
jason vinesJason Vines, who led communications for Ford in the early 2000s during the Firestone tire crisis, alleges in a new book that the company tapped his phone and car with surveillance devices during the crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
H+K's Mankiewicz Dies at 90
By Kevin McCauley
 
frank-mankiewiczThe legendary Frank Mankiewicz, who made his PR mark at Bob Gray's Gray & Co. in DC and as chairman of Hill & Knowlton, has died from massive heart failure. He was 90.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Levy Takes Eye Off Ball at Publicis
By Kevin McCauley
 
maurice levyPublicis Groupe reported a one percent rise in organic growth to $2.2B during Q3 as "management was too focused on other plans and not enough on the short-term performance and growth," according to CEO Maurice Levy.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
College Football Conference Enlists PR Firm for Marshall Playoff Pitch
By Greg Hazley
 
herdConference USA, a southern collegiate athletic division, has enlisted Brener, Zwikel & Associates of Los Angeles to make the case for Marshall University's selection in the first College Football Playoff.
Category: Sports
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