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Fri., Dec. 2, 2016
Condé Nast Shutters Self Print Edition
By Jon Gingerich
Self MagazineWomen’s health and wellness title Self will cease production of its print edition after its February 2017 issue.
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016
Face-to-Face Is Best Way to Communicate, IPR Told
By Jack O'Dwyer

ElectroencephalographySubjects in brain research who sat facing each other while talking had brains that “lit up” while those who sat back-to-back had much less brain activity, the Institute for PR was told Nov. 30.

Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016
Clinton, Trump Aides Duke it Out; Starbucks, eBay, Instagram Leaders Forecast PR's Future; Will Trump's PR Triumph at Carrier Mean the Democratic Party's Demise?
By Editorial Staff
Wash Post - Kellyanne ConwayMedia Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides at Harvard session (Wash. Post)

PR Industry Starbucks, eBay, Instagram leaders forecast what will drive PR, communications in 2017 (TheStreet)

Carrier Will Trump's PR triumph at Carrier mean the Democratic party's demise? (Common Dreams)

Pres. Election PR lessons from the presidential election for attorneys and communications pros (The Legal Intelligencer)

Economy Unemployment rate hits lowest level since 2008 financial crisis (Time)

Recount Trump supporters ask judge to stop Wisonsin presidential recount (La Crosse Tribune)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
The Hoxton Hires TURNER
By Editorial Staff
The Hoxton WilliamsburgBoutique travel PR firm TURNER has been picked to represent The Hoxton Williamsburg, set to open next summer in New York’s Brooklyn borough.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
Florida Picks JeffreyGroup to Attract Latin American Travelers
By Editorial Staff
Fort Lauderdale BeachVISIT FLORIDA has named JeffreyGroup as AOR to pique the interest of tourists from Latin America.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
FRUKT Names Hughes US Managing Director
By Editorial Staff
Shirley Richter HughesShirley Richter Hughes signs on as managing director for global marketing agency FRUKT’s US operations.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
A Vote is Only the Beginning of Democracy
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickThe idea that voting somehow gives automatic birth to democracy is not only a myth, but a dangerous one at that.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
The Little Kernel Pops with 5WPR
By Editorial Staff
The Little Kernal5WPR is now AOR for The Little Kernel, a line of “miniature kernel” healthy popcorn snacks.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
Podesta Lifts Lobbying Support for CrossFit
By Jon Gingerich
CrossFitBranded strength and conditioning regimen CrossFit has tapped Washington, D.C.-based political affairs powerhouse Podesta Group for representation on Capitol Hill.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
MSLGroup Acquires Canada's North Strategic
By Editorial Staff
North Strategic's Mia Pearson & Justin CreallyMSLGroup has acquired Canada's North Strategic, a Toronto-based PR shop with a respected content and video unit, Notch Video, and operations in Calgary and Montreal.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
Solving the Problem of Fake News; Impact of PRTech's Growth; Global FinTech PR Network Launched
By Editorial Staff
New Yorker article on solving the problem of fake newsMedia Solving the problem of fake news (The New Yorker)

Digital PRTech's growth could mean more integration with marketing technologies (Forbes)

Financial Tech Global FinTech PR network launched (B&T)

Trump Carrier deal is an empty PR stunt (Salon)

Crisis Breitbart takes aim at Kellogg in ad dispute (WSJ)

Content How to measure the success of content marketing (Prowly)

Prof. Dev. How to develop a successful PR strategy (Huffington Post)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
Marchesi Moves to WE
By Jon Gingerich
Stephanie MarchesiStephanie Marchesi has been named health sector and eastern region president at WE Communications.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
H+K Hires GOP Strategist Reed
By Jon Gingerich
Scott ReedHill+Knowlton Strategies has named veteran GOP political strategist Scott Reed a senior advisor.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
Cision Calls Lynch CMO
By Jon Gingerich
Chris Lynch Cision has named Chris Lynch its newest chief marketing officer.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
Carolyn Izzo Books Caribe Hilton
By Editorial Staff
Caribe HiltonCarolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC) has been named AOR for the Caribe Hilton, birthplace of the piña colada, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Category: Travel PR
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
Sudan Signs White & Case
By Jon Gingerich

SudanWhite & Case is representing the government of Sudan in connection with ongoing U.S. litigation issues related to al Qaeda’s 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. (1 reader comment)

Category: Lobbying
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
Kavanagh Serves Communications for Bacardi
By Editorial Staff
K.C. KavanaghGlobal communications chief for hotel titan Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is moving to Bermuda-based liquor purveyor Bacardi Limited as senior VP and global chief communications officer.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
Trump's Deal With Carrier; Wisconsin Judge Pours Cold Water on Recount; Confessions of an Agency PR Pro
By Editorial Staff
Carrier air conditioning unitCarrier Here's what you really need to know about Trump's deal with the air conditioning unit maker (Mother Jones)

Recount Wisconsin judge just poured cold water all over Jill Stein's recount (IJR)

Prof. Dev. Confessions of an agency PR pro (Digiday)

PR Stategy Using Ridiculousness as a PR and marketing tactic (Forbes)

Social Media Ten mistakes that can ruin your brand's reputation (Huffington Post)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016
Media Training Pioneer George Glazer Dies at 86
By Editorial Staff
George GlazerGeorge Glazer, regarded by legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite as “the most trusted PR man in America” died of a heart attack Nov. 22 at his home in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Category: Obituary
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016
Feintuch Named PRWA CFO
By Jon Gingerich
Henry FeintuchPR World Alliance has appointed Feintuch Communication president Henry Feintuch to the role of chief financial officer. (1 reader comment)
Category: International

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Tue., Nov. 22
BK Navy Yard Wants Site Redesign
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Fri, Nov. 11
Barbados Tourism Looks for Agency of Record in US
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