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Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
JeffreyGroup Expands Latin American Footprint
By Kevin McCauley
Clarissa OliveiraMiami-based JeffreyGroup has added political and economics reporter Clarissa Oliveira to head its new office in Brasilia.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Southampton Gives Up On Eruv Without Public Input
By Jack ODwyer

Anna Throne-HolstSouthampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and the four trustees have been asked why the town’s capitulation to the East End Eruv Assn. was not on the agenda for the Aug. 25 meeting. Citizens have lodged complaints with SH.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Democratic Politico Lehane Joins Airbnb
By Kevin McCauley
Chris LehaneChris Lehane, who worked in the Clinton White House, has joined Airbnb as chief of global policy and PA to help defuse political opposition to its expansion and pushback from the hotel lobby.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
H+K Taps Veteran Duo
By Kevin McCauley
Edgar & KrutchikHill+Knowlton hires former Dallas Morning News deputy managing editor and Allison+Partners veteran.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Beer Institute Cheers Dunckel
By Kevin McCauley
Denise DunckelDenise Dunckel, a veteran of the private and public sectors, is joining The Beer Institute on Sept. 14 to handle the trade group's PA efforts.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
W2O Goes Fox Hunting
By Kevin McCauley
Lynn FoxW2O Group has acquired Fox Communications and named Silicon Valley PR wizard Lynn Fox managing director in the technology practice of its flagship PR unit, WCG.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Boston Globe's Sununu Quits Cable Beat
By Kevin McCauley
John SununuJohn Sununu, Boston Globe columnist and former Republican New Hampshire Senator, promises no more commentaries about cable and Internet issues after watchdog Media Matters complained about an apparent conflict of interest.
Category: Media News
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Southampton to Allow Eruv; Legal Costs Cited
By Jack ODwyer
Anna Throne-HolstSouthampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, announced in the last few seconds of the Aug. 25 town meeting, that SH would no longer fight an eruv in the town, saying a settlement absolved it of further legal costs and penalties.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Corruption of the 'Progressive' Label
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickThe “progressive” label once implied the widest open capacity for thinking and speaking, not, as is now defined as treachery for a politician who has had the courage and the right to disagree with the President of the United States.
Category: PR Commentary
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Brunswick Aids Acelity, Eying $1B IPO
By Greg Hazley
acelityBrunswick Group is advising Acelity Holdings on the PR front as the San Antonio-based medical technology developer focused on wound care and regenerative medicine eyes an initial public offering that could raise as much as $1B.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Denver Renewal Entity Seeks PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
denverThe renewal and economic development entity for Denver and its surrounding area is looking for a PR agency to highlight its mission and programs as urban renewal comes under scrutiny in Colorado.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Shooter of TV Journos Takes Own Life
By Kevin McCauley
CNN, journalist shootingsA former reporter who allegedly killed two TV journalists in Virginia during an on-air live segment today from Moneta apparently killed himself while being persued by police and federal agents, according to law enforcement officials.
Category: Media News
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Blog: Christie Could Have Been a Contender
By Kevin McCauley
Chris ChristieHad Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed some backbone in the legal squabble with Exxon Mobil, he would have stood head and shoulders above rivals in GOP presidential contest.
Category: PR Commentary
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
ESPN Slaps Schilling for Hitler Posting
By Kevin McCauley
Curt SchillingESPN, which is owned by Walt Disney Co., slaps TV analyst Schilling for post that compared Muslim extremists to Nazi featuring image of Adolf Hitler.
Category: Sports
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Blue Fountain Finds Feintuch
By Kevin McCauley

Henry FeintuchBlue Fountain Media, more than 200 staffer digital marketing shop based in New York, today hired Feintuch Communications for an integrated PR program.


Category: Social Media
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Shocker: Westhampton "Library" Is Private, Not Public
By Jack ODwyer

Westhampton Free LibraryThe election of a union Aug. 21 at the “Westhampton Free Library” by a 31-3 margin has put a focus on the library which is a private, 501/c/3 corporation rather than a “public” library. It answers only to its own board.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Ex-Aide to Obamas Scores with Super Bowl
By Kevin McCauley
Andrea MokrosAndrea Mokros, who was special assistant to President Obama and director of strategic planning at the White House, will join the 2018 Super Bowl Host Committee in Minneapolis next month.
Category: Sports
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
WPP Grows 6.8% In H1
By Kevin McCauley
Martin SorrellWPP CEO Martin Sorrell reports a 6.8 percent rise in reported revenue growth to $9.2B during the first-half as profit before interest and tax rose 7.6 percent to $1.1B.
Category: Financial Management
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Darden's DeFeo Flies to American Airlines
By Greg Hazley
ron defeoRon DeFeo, who oversaw corporate communications for Darden Restaurants, is moving to American Airlines Group as VP of global communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
PR Links: BK Pitches Truce to McDonald's for a Day; Ex-Amazon Edit Director Says She Was Pushed Out; PR Nightmare in Napa...
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)

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